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Industrialist Enlarges Puerto Rico's Best--and Only--Art Museum


NOW under way in Ponce, Puerto Rico, is a handsome new $1,500,000 building to house the country's only art museum, established just five years ago by industrialist Luis Ferre. Designed by Edward Durell Stone, the new structure will replace a colonial-style mansion in the heart of Ponce, currently straining at the seams with the Ferre collection.  Among the 400-odd items, assembled over the last 10 years by Mr. Ferre with the guidance of Julius Held, professor of art history at Columbia, are outstanding examples of Renaissance and baroque art, European and American work of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, and an extensive Spanish group. Two years ago, the collection was enriched by the gift of 12 old masters from the Samuel Kress foundation.

Mr. Ferre founded his museum mainly because Puerto Rice had none. "We felt that great European art should be brought to Puerto Rice," says Mr. Ferre. "We've emphasized quality rather than names, and we hope later to acquire Impressionist and modern works."

Scheduled for late 1965 completion, the new building is designed in "subtropical" style to blend with its environment. Its first floor will have an art library and lecture room, plus exhibit space. Seven galleries for permanent display of paintings will occupy the second floor. Outdoors, there'll be a small open-air theater and a sculpture garden. Mr. Ferre already has plans for expansion --in short order, he says, there should be a new art school right next door. 
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