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Moscow moves forward with expanded contemporary art museum

New home for the National Centre for Contemporary Art will be at site of former airport

The Russian government is moving forward with plans to construct a contemporary art museum in Moscow on a par with London’s Tate Modern or the Pompidou Centre in Paris. Earlier this month, the Dublin-based architects Heneghan Peng won the competition to design a new home for the National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Khodynskoe Pole, the site of Moscow’s former city airport, several miles from the city centre.

The museum, the first Russian state-run institution for contemporary art, opened in central Moscow in 1994. In 2012, the mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobyanin, proposed building a new home for the centre. The £73m project, which will also include a shopping centre, hotel and office buildings, is primarily funded by the Russian Ministry of Culture.

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