The Hermitage Museum is to open a new space in Barcelona in 2019.
The building’s construction has been conferred to architect Íñigo Amézola and will be located on the city’s seafront, in a new district being built to welcome hotels and new marinas. $43 million in private donations need to be gathered to finance the whole project.
With a space of over 37,000 m2, spread out over five floors, the new museum will offer seven exhibition galleries. Targeting to draw 500,000 visitors per year, the director of the future museum, Jorge Wagensberg, insists that the institution will not be a simple franchise of the well-known Russian museum but will allow creation of a “continuous dialogue between science and art, highlighting both what unites and what distinguishes them, using modern scientific museology, a unique combination of parts, and (phenomenological) and museological metaphors”.