The National Center for Contemporary Art will be transferred to the State Museum of Fine Arts named after A.S. Pushkin before the end of the year. Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky said that the idea behind the unification arose at the beginning of the year.
The NCCA is a museum-exhibition and research organization founded in 1992. The activity of the center is aimed at the development of contemporary art in the domestic and international context.
At the moment, the NCCA is part of the State Museum and Exhibition Center (ROSIZO) which is engaged in exhibition projects in partnership with leading museums of the world. Medinsky explained that due to increased amount of work, there is simply not enough time at ROSIZO for the development of the NCCA.
Many of the exhibits are currently located in rooms that do not meet the official requirements for conducting museum-exhibition and educational activities.
The minister also said that the decision to merge the Center with the “first modern art museum in the world” seemed natural, since the NCCA already has a, although underdeveloped, branch network.
The Ministry of Culture decided not to rush the decision, but soon the Ministry received appeals not only from the heads of the NCCA branches, but also from the Tretyakov Gallery, the Hermitage and the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Medinsky added that in the light of such public attention, the ministry considered it wrong to postpone the merger, so now the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts will officially take charge of the NCCA.