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Tate St Ives to reopen with £20m underground extension

Addition to Cornish art gallery, which is buried out of sight in a cliff, will house contemporary art shows

Tate St Ives will reopen this weekend after an 18-month closure and a long, drawn-out £20m expansion project requiring machines to pound the Cornish cliffside to remove blue elvan, the hardest rock in the British Isles.

Now buried in the cliff is an incongruously bright and airy 500 sq metre gallery for contemporary art shows that curators hope will put the gallery firmly on the international art map.

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