Polish City of Gdańsk Gets New Contemporary Art Museum
Plans for a new museum of contemporary art in the Polish city of Gdańsk took shape yesterday after the country’s Culture Minister Małgorzata Omilanowska and local officials signed a letter of intent.
The Minister met with the Mayor of Gdańsk, Paweł Adamowicz, and the Chairman of Pomerania province, Mieczyław Struk, to mark the beginning of the project.
According to the agreement, the museum will “promote the global art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, strengthening the image of Pomerania as an important region for international contemporary art.”
The museum will also start acquiring contemporary art with the goal of enlarging the contemporary art holdings of the National Museum in Gdańsk.
Radio Poland reported that the new museum will be constructed at the former Gdańsk Shipyard, and will be associated to the National Museum of Gdańsk.
This latest project is part of a plan to regenerate the local area surrounding the Gdańsk shipyard, which was made famous by playing host to the birth of the Polish solidarity movement in 1980.
In its prime during Poland’s communist years, the shipyard was a bustling trade hub which employed over 20,000 people. Now under private ownership, the port operates at a reduced capacity and employs 2,000 dockworkers.
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