2008-09-04 16:18:00

Russian museum of tolerance opens in 2011 to become the world biggest Jewish museum

Moscow, September 4, Interfax - New Russian Museum of tolerance is to open in 2011.

It will be the biggest Jewish museum in the world. Its total area will equal to 17,000 square meters, while the area of exposition dedicated to history of Jewish people is 4,500 square meters, the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FJCR) told Interfax-Religion on Thursday.

Building of the museum will be commenced in 2009 based on the Bakhmetev garage in Obraztsov Street in Moscow. It will house several museum expositions, a library, a scientific center, conference halls and exhibition galleries. The ground floor of the two-storey educational and exhibition complex will be located underground.

The Graft Labs renowned German architectural bureau and the Ralph Appelbaum Associates international design company worked out the concept of interior design.

Speaking at the museum concept presentation, FJCR President Alexander Boroda said, architects managed to settle two tasks at a time: "to preserve the garage building, which is a unique architectural site, and combine top multimedia technologies with traditional forms of museum expositions."

The FJCR and the Garage center of modern culture will realize joint exhibition projects before construction work starts. Ilia Kabakov is to be exhibited first.

The Ralph Appelbaum Associates became famous after constructing exposition of the USA Holocaust Memorial Museum. Besides, its designers worked at William Clinton Presidential library, the National World War I museum and the London transport museum.

The Graft Labs bureau actively cooperates with Hollywood stars and cinema companies and carries out design and architectural projects in Europe and Asia. The Bureau designed Brad Pitt's villa and participated in his charity project to help residents of New Orleans suffered from Hurricane Katrina.