In 2013, Avesta Group was in charge of setting up an innovative cultural centre dedicated to Russian contemporary art.
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 centre 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 opened 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 modern 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.
Mission: Support the development, promotion and popularisation of contemporary art for the benefit of individuals and society.
• Create a favourable 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 modern civil society.
On July 24, 2013, the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Medinsky, announced the launch of an international competition to design the new museum and exhibition complex.
The contest ran for six months and was held in three stages. Over 900 companies and individuals attended the first stage of the contest.
At the end of the process, three finalists were chosen on December 12, and on December 23, 2013, the Board of Trustees made a final choice by selecting Heneghan Peng Architects.
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