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Young and Dynamic Museum
March 18, 2009   
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The Museum of Modern Art (MSN) is one of Warsaw's youngest museums. Established by the minister of culture and national heritage on April 29, 2005, the museum is jointly run by the ministry and Warsaw City Hall. The temporary headquarters of the museum is located at 3 Pańska St., where the museum will be housed until its new headquarters have been completed.

The new headquarters will be in the very center of Warsaw on Defilad Square in front of the Palace of Culture and Science (PKiN). The results of an international architectural competition for the museum design were announced in February 2007. The man behind the winning concept is Swiss architect Christian Kerez. Building work on the project is to kick off this year and last until 2014.

The museum started to accumulate works for its own collection last year. It will largely comprise works created after 1989, but museum director Joanna Mytkowska has said that the collection will also include important works by postwar artists. The exhibition Sztuka cenniejsza niż złoto (Art More Precious Than Gold) in December and January showcased the first acquisitions, purchased by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as well as donated by artists for the new collection. They include works by Alina Szapocznikow, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Paweł Althamer, Katarzyna Kozyra and Wilhelm Sasnal and will become part of the permanent display at the museum's new headquarters.

The museum will also be a place for modern theater, music, film and the performance arts of today. In addition to traditional exhibitions, the museum will reach a wider audience and various age groups with lectures and educational programs dedicated to modern art, which often defies easy interpretation. The museum also aspires to take part in international artistic and academic exchanges.

The Muzeum (Museum) bimonthly devoted to the museum's activities, museology, research projects and art theory has appeared since 2007.

The museum has recently opened a bookstore giving readers access to rare publications on art, architecture, popular culture, design and philosophy from the Pro qm Berlin-based bookstore. The selection of titles reflects the museum's range of interests so as to make the bookstore an artistic project of sorts functioning as an extra platform for the museum's activities.

Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, 3 Pańska St., Tel. 0 22-596-40-20

Magdalena Błaszczyk
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