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“From around 2000, since the opening of the Beck Building, designed by Rafael Moneo, we had approximately 1,200 square feet devoted to 20th-century art,” museum director Gary Tinterow told Artnet News.

Fully one-quarter of the art on show in the new galleries is by Latin American and Latinx artists.

“Mari Carmen has been a trailblazer, as she was at the Blanton Museum of Art before she came here,” Tinterow said.

The MFA was the first major American museum to reopen, in May, after much of the country shut down in March.

Asked how the situation has affected the expansion project, Tinterow said it was “a great burden at this moment globally, and its affects have been, for many, devastating.

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