OMRRK + the design by SANAA for the New National Gallery.
©Varosliget Zrt. 2019

Hungary is another step closer to completing its ambitious new museums quarter. The so-called Liget project, initiated in 2011, aims to transform Budapests city park (Városliget) into a cultural hub, including the new National Gallery, Museum of Ethnography and House of Hungarian Music, alongside the existing thermal baths and an expanded city zoo.

The project hit a major milestone in May, as the Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán opened one of Europes largest museum collections centres on the nearby site of a former hospital.

Costing €70m and spread over 30,000 sq. m, the National Museum Restoration and Storage Centre (OMRRK) is viewed as an essential resource for Liget institutions, including the Museum of Fine Arts, which reopened last October. OMRRK will host around 300,000 objects and 100 conservators, including those who previously worked at individual museums, as well as new recruits. The complex is also home to the new Central European Research Institute for Art History, which will support exhibitions, conferences and publications on Hungarian and regional subjects.

László Baán, the director of the Museum of Fine Arts and mastermind of the Liget project, says the team behind OMRRK visited a number of international venues to prepare for the challenge of rehoming collections that range from Egyptian sarcophagi to contemporary art. The centre is comparable in “function and scope” to the British Museums World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre, he says, and its technical facilities are unique in central Europe.

Baán adds that implementation plans for the New National Gallery, which is being designed by the Japanese architects SANAA, will be completed this year, with coRead More – Source


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