Other museums moved on to further horizons, expanding, renewing, or changing buildings. After five long years of renovation and internal turmoil, the Musée Picasso in Paris reopened, and nearly doubled in size. In New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
reopened its plaza in September after extended renovations, unveiling a space that is equivalent to 3 football fields. The Whitney Museum bid a long farewell to its home of nearly half a century, the Marcel Breuer
building on Madison Avenue, with a final blowout at the close of its prolific Jeff Koons retrospective
in October, staying open a full 36 hours; the Whitney will reopen on May 1, 2015 in the Meatpacking District (in a building designed by Renzo Piano
) as the Met expands into the Breuer building, launching an exhibition there in 2016. Three years after it first closed for renovations, The Cooper Hewitt re-opened it doors recently, debuting updated interiors replete with cutting-edge technologies to enhance the visitor experience. The Frick Collection faced opposition for its expansion plan first announced in June, which includes a six-story addition linking the museum to its library building that would overtake the interior garden in the process; by early November over 2,000 individuals had signed a petition to halt the construction, claiming it violates the Frick building’s landmark status. Protests also sprang up around the Guggenheim
’s plans to open an Abu Dhabi outpost; protesters in New York have been calling for a more conscientious effort from the Guggenheim to ensure the museum’s construction does not violate any human rights, as labor conditions in the city have been notedly extreme.