Berlin Museum of Modern Art's groundbreaking event set for December



BERLIN (dpa)- The construction of Berlin's controversial Museum of Modern Art is to start soon after years of planning.
The president of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, Hermann Parzinger, said on Monday evening the groundbreaking ceremony is to take place in the German capital on December 3.




The date later this year is important because collectors had linked their donations to the museum with it.
The construction costs for the project are around 450 million euros (500 million dollars) and were secured only last week by the Bundestag's Budget Committee.
The museum designed by the Swiss star architects Herzog & de Meuron was initially estimated to cost 200 million euros.
The completion of the building is now scheduled for 2026, although the museum was originally supposed to open in 2021.
Prestigious Herzog & de Meuron projects include the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Olympic Stadium in Beijing and the Allianz Arena in Munich.
The Museum of Modern Art (Museum der Moderne) is to house one of the most important collections of 20th century art, with artists such as Beckmann, Kirchner, Hoech, Paik, Tuebke, Mattheuer, Genzken, Piene, Tillmanns.
The museum has 9,000 square metres of exhibition space.
Around 1,000 square metres each are to be devoted to the extensive private collections of Erich Marx, and Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch, which will be given to the museum.
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Wednesday, November 20th 2019
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