India’s Business Standard reports that Kolkata’s Museum of Modern Art has gotten the go ahead from local and national government with a major investment intended to encourage private follow through. The museum which represents the flowering of Indian art infrastructure will be designed by Swiss architects and Tate Modern veterans, Herzog & de Meuron:
The museum, a nine-storey building, will have 44 galleries, an auditorium for performing arts, talks and seminars, and the largest amphitheatre in the country with a capacity of 1,500. It will also have a library for documentation and restoration of art works. The museum complex will include studio-cum-residences for visiting artists and a research department with forensic laboratories for authentication and restoration of art work. An academic wing will also be built to facilitate research. A 25,000 sq ft stretch adjacent to the art centre has been earmarked for commercial and dining purposes and will have retail outlets, restaurants, a flea market and more.
A Big One for Art (Business Standard)