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CONTEMPORARY HOME FOR CHICAGO MUSEUM

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It may have been only a few blocks, but it was a big move for the Museum of Contemporary Art, into a new $46 million, 151,000-square-foot building. The move brings about 8,000 works in the museum's permanent collection out of warehouses where they had been stored.

The new building is a box-shaped structure, sheathed in aluminum, glass and Indiana lime-stone, with granite steps rising gently to the first exhibition floor in the building's second story.The change of venue opens up new possibilities for the museum, founded in 1967. Don Meckley, in charge of art installation, said the previous location was limited in the type of art it could show.

"There was a gallery with high ceilings in the old building. But the doors weren't tall enough to bring in the works we wanted," he said.