September 16, 2019

Moscow's Pushkin Museum to Merge with National Centre for Contemporary Arts

MOSCOW, RUSSIA—Russia’s National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA)—which was founded in 1992 as the first institution in the country to regularly exhibit contemporary art and has nine outposts in cities including Saint Petersburg, Kaliningrad, and Tomsk—will be taken over by the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow in early 2020.

Since 2016, the NCCA has been integrated into the structure of the State Museum and Exhibition Center ROSIZO. When Russian culture minister Vladimir Medinsky announced the plans for the new merger in July, he noted that NCCA staff had appealed for the move from ROSIZO to the Pushkin. Plans for financing the move have not been shared; the institution has faced various structural and economic challenges in recent years.

“We are in the process of understanding the opportunities, which are huge, of working across our country’s considerable expanse,” said Pushkin director Marina Loshak, who also noted the institution’s intent to “use the local energy” to develop projects with local communities, rather than “simply bringing masterpieces” to the regional branches of the museum. The move follows the announcement of the Pushkin’s plan to open Pushkin Modern, a museum focusing on contemporary art and inspired by London’s Tate Modern.

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