German billionaire’s plan thwarted in Potsdam
Hasso Plattner decides to build home for Modern art on city’s outskirts
By Julia Michalska. Web only
Published online: 29 August 2012
The German software billionaire Hasso Plattner has withdrawn his offer to build a home for his Modern art collection in Potsdam’s historic city centre, which would also provide space for temporary exhibitions.
At the end of April, Plattner offered to build the city a Kunsthalle to display his collection of East German art. The proposed site, next to the parliament palace, is currently occupied by a 1960s high-rise building—now a Mercure hotel. But the Left Party, the strongest faction in the city council, opposed the demolition of the hotel.
There was a 1,000-strong demonstration in mid-June in support of Plattner’s plan. Supporters who gathered included the fashion designer Wolfgang Joop. But Plattner withdrew his offer to the city at the beginning of July, saying he did not want to “stand up to the spirit of Potsdam”.
Plattner has now announced that he plans to build a private museum on land owned by his company in the northwest of the city, near the Jungfernsee River.
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