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New Mayor Blocks Plans for New National Gallery in Budapest

Infra News - Published on Mon, 09 Dec 2019

Image Source: New National Gallery Budapest
Plans for Hungary’s landmark New National Gallery, conceived as the centrepiece of the rising Liget cultural quarter in Budapest’s City Park, hang in the balance after the city’s new mayor Mr Gergely Karácsony moved to block its construction. Mr Karácsony said “He has never been “against the project itself but he opposes the idea of building on one of Budapest’s few and very precious green areas. New National Gallery is such a monumental building that it would have an enormous impact on its environment”.

On 5 November, Budapest’s General Assembly, which is led by the mayor, backed his proposal to halt elements of the Liget project not yet under way. At a subsequent meeting between Karácsony and Hungarian government officials, including the prime minister, Viktor Orbán, the government expressed a willingness to listen to the mayor’s demands. Construction of the New National Gallery has now stalled.

Billed as Europe’s biggest ongoing cultural development, at a total cost of around €1bn, the Liget project has already seen the renovation of Budapest’s Museum of Fine Arts, the opening of a state-of-the-art restoration and storage facility, and the restoration of the 19th-century Olof Palme House. Construction is continuing on the new House of Hungarian Music, designed by the Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, and on a new building for the Museum of Ethnography.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Mon, 09 Dec 2019
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