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Cleveland Museum of Art
Located in Cleveland's University Circle, the Cleveland Museum of Art has a permanent collection of more than 40,000 objects. Established in 1913, the renowned museum is well known for its collections of Pre-Columbian, medieval European, and Asian art. It is also home to a large art research library, performance spaces, and a restaurant. Admission is free to the public.
The Musuem's main building was constructed in 1916, and was expanded in 1958, in 1971 (designed by Marcel Breuer) and in 1983. Plans are underway for a new addition designed by Rafael Viñoly , with a goal of completion in 2009.
The museums large cast of Rodin's The Thinker has a unique but troubled history. Partially destroyed in an act of vandalism by a protester in 1970, the statue was left unrestored due to the close involvement of the artist in its original casting. The damaged statue is now considered to be interesting commentary on The Thinker which originally was originally paired with the artist's Gates of Hell
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