In 2003, San Paolo IMI, the owners of Palazzo Donnaregina, commissioned its redevelopment as a museum from the well-known Portuguese architect and city planner Álvaro Siza, who was responsible for its restoration.
The project, begun in March 2004, entailed the construction of a museum based on the most advanced principles of display for art works. At the same time it was to be an urban space which could be used for functions other than exhibition activities. For this reason, in addition to exhibition facilities, the project included an auditorium, bookstore, library, teaching laboratories and a restaurant with coffee shop annex for a total of 7200 sq m, of which 2662 are exhibition space laid out on the different levels.
On March 30, 2005 the Regional Authority purchased Palazzo Donnaregina for use as a Contemporary Art Museum and granted the Fondazione Donnaregina the use of the complex on a commadatum contract.
On construction Museum Video
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