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New Museum of Modern Art HQ gains green light

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Victoria Bieniek 23.02.2018 10:00
Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz has given the go-ahead to plans for a new Museum of Modern Art building in central Warsaw.
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The Museum of Modern Art was set up in 2005, though it does not currently have a dedicated building. Its planned new home will be located in Parade Square next to Warsaw's iconic Palace of Science and Culture.

Warsaw's mayor said: “This [process] may have taken quite a lot of time but we were trying to deal with all potential difficulties. … I think that in a few years’ time we will meet again at the opening of the permanent exhibition of the Museum of Modern Art.”

There are also plans to construct the new building of an existing theatre, TR Warszawa, in the same area as the new Museum of Modern Art. Although the theatre is yet to gain final approval, city authorities hope that the two projects will be built simultaneously.

Ewa Malinowska-Grupińska, head of the city council, expressed hopes that the projects would transform Parade Square into a “Polish Broadway.”

Malinowska-Grupińska said: “We are transforming this area. This is necessary, as it should be the real centre of Warsaw but it is currently inadequate. Following today’s decision, we are starting to build the centre of Warsaw.”

The new Museum of Modern Art is expected to have a surface area of roughly 20,000 sqm and should be opened by the end of 2021. Apart from exhibitions, it will also contain a library, a cinema and an auditorium. (sl/vb)

Source: PAP

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