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The NCCA network is a unique clustering of contemporary art centres around Russia
Initiated by the Russian Ministry of Culture, the first Russian state-run institution for contemporary art was established in Moscow in 1994.
Before 2001, the NCCA occupied a small building in Vorotnikov Lane. Despite its modest size, the center managed to become quite a dynamic institution. The NCCA implemented a wide range of exhibition projects and created a national network: the Saint Petersburg Branch was opened in 1995, the Nizhny Novgorod and Kaliningrad Branches in 1997, the Yekaterinburg Branch in 1999, the Vladikavkaz Branch in 2010 and the Tomsk Branch in 2012.
It is an original and essential tool to support the creation, regional cultural development and public awareness of contemporary art. Display of works, their touring and presentation through exhibitions, visibility through publications contribute to the dissemination of Russian contemporary culture in the territory of the Federation of Russia.
The overarching aim of the network is to promote Contemporary Culture and to become more “visible, viable and valued” according to the following mission and goals:
- Support the development, promotion and popularization of contemporary art for the benefit of individuals and society.
- Create a favorable environment for the development of Russian contemporary art.
- Integrate Russian contemporary art in an international cultural context.
- Develop a platform for cooperation with local and international institutions, artists, curators, theorists and critics and other experts in the field of contemporary art.
- Sustain interest in contemporary art as a prerequisite for improving the quality of life and development of a modern civil society.
A new building for the NCCA Moscow by Heneghan Peng Architects
On July 24, 2013 the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Medinsky, announced the start of international contest to design the new museum and exhibition complex of the National Centre for Contemporary Art.
The contest has been running 6 months and was held in three stages.
Over 900 companies and individuals attended the first stage of the contests. By the end of the first stage (20 August - 20 September), the jury had chosen 10 candidates: five participants were selected after portfolio and experience review and five companies were selected after preliminary architectural concept assessment. 3 finalists were chosen in December 12 and on December 23 2013 the Board of Trustees made the final choice by selecting Heneghan Peng Architects to design the new National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) at Moscow's Khodynskoe Pole.