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Hermitage Museum and AMO to define the 21st-Century Museum

The State Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg) and the think tank AMO, part of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA, Rotterdam), have officially agreed to pursue a collaborative study of the future of the 21st-Century museum. The joint effort will be to define the Hermitage as a new prototype for the museum in the 21st-Century.

On the occasion of Russian President Vladimir Putin`s state visit to the Netherlands, Mikhail Piotrovsky, director of the Hermitage, and Rem Koolhaas, partner of AMO/OMA, signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Amsterdam. The project is expected to begin in early 2006.

Both parties intend to finance the project through public and private funding sources.

In recent years, the Hermitage has expanded with satellite spaces outside Russia, including in Amsterdam and London. AMO has been a consultant to the Hermitage in its pursuits of an extension in St. Petersburg (the General Staff Building), and OMA has been the architect for the satellite space shared with the Guggenheim Foundation in Las Vegas (USA).

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