The Pushkin Museum in Moscow, led by director Marina Loshak, will take charge of nine branches of Russia's National Centre for Contemporary Arts in early 2020 © Olga Melekesceva
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow will soon take over the running of Russias National Centre for Contemporary Arts, whose nine branches extend from Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea to Tomsk some 4,000km east. The merger, which follows plans to open a “Pushkin Modern” inspired by Tate Modern in London, confirms the museums broad ambitions in contemporary art.
“We are in the process of understanding the opportunities, which are huge, of working across our countrys considerable expanse,” and particularly with young people, says Marina Loshak, the Pushkins director. Several new NCCA branches are under discussion for the university cities of Khabarovsk, Tyumen and Novosibirsk. Rather than “simply bringing masterpieces” to the regional art centres, the Pushkin wants to “use the local energy” to develop projects with communities, Loshak says.
The Russian culture minister, Vladimir Medinsky, announced the merger in July, saying that NCCA staff had appealed for the transfer from Rosizo, the ministrys exhibitions branch, to the Pushkin. The NCCA, founded in the early 1990s by Soviet Nonconformist figures, has been shaken by a series of ideological and financial scandals. The legal handover to the Pushkin is due to be completed early next year.
It is not yet clear how the NCCA will be funded after the move. Local governors are supportive, Loshak says, “since all of this is connected with regional development”. She said in July that new partners were lined up to “fully subsidise” the NCCAs expansion. Talks have already been held with the federal trade and industry minister to expand the Ural InduRead More – Source