Budapest, October 30 (MTI) – The Ludwig Museum will not move into the new National Gallery building planned to be built in the City Park as part of the Liget project, ministry commissioner for the project Laszlo Baan said on Friday.
He told a press conference that the government decided on October 20 that the two museums would not be moved into the same building. As a result, the building to house the New National Gallery can be built on 20 percent smaller space than originally planned, reducing costs. The new museums for architecture and photography will not become part of the Liget project either, he said. A new tender will be invited for creating space for the Museum of Ethnography, as in the original space where it would have been moved to, the Varosliget Theatre, demolished in 1952, would be rebuilt instead, he said.
The first phase of the 200 billion forint (EUR 642m) Liget project is planned to be completed in the spring of 2018 and the remaining parts are to be opened in the summer of 2019.