Moscow’s Jewish Museum Will Show Steven Spielberg’s Filmed Accounts of Holocaust Survivors

The museum says the expansion is necessary to accommodate temporary exhibitions. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The Moscow Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center’s board of trustees, chaired by billionaire Viktor Vekselberg, have announced expansion plans to showcase rotating, temporary exhibitions.

The museum explained in a statement that the expansion was necessary in order to accommodate the institution’s “growing exhibition and educational programs,” the Art Newspaper reports.

The museum’s expanded space is due to open within the Bakhmetev bus garage, the former location of the Garage Center for Contemporary Art before it moved to its new Rem Koolhaas designed space at Moscow’s Gorky Park in June.

Once the expansion is complete the new space will host a series of Holocaust survivor's accounts gathered by Steven Spielberg's USC Shoah Foundation. Photo: Zimbio

Once the expansion is complete, the new space will house a series of Holocaust survivor’s accounts gathered by Steven Spielberg’s USC Shoah Foundation.
Photo: Zimbio

Not to be outdone, the Jewish Museum’s director, Alexander Boroda, revealed that an international architectural competition to design the new space will be announced in the near future.

In addition, Boroda has already made plans for a high-profile exhibition at the new space. The museum is due to show films from the Oscar decorated Hollywood director Steven Spielberg’s USC Shoah Foundation, which has gathered 52,000 video interviews with survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides.

The director started creating the footage in 1994, following the success of his Academy Award-winning movie Schindler’s List.

“We are keen to use this material in the permanent collection of the museum, as well as for the educational programs of the Tolerance Center,” Boroda said in a statement.

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