The state of Hungary has purchased a painting by the French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir for USD 12.3 million for the Museum of Fine Arts, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced on Tuesday at a ceremony to inaugurate the new National Museum Restoration and Storage Center (OMRRK).
The painting, entitled simply "Reclining Female Nude," will go on public display at the museum on May 24, according to official government website kormany.hu.
The National Museum Restoration and Storage Center was created within the framework of the Liget Budapest development project in Városliget (City Park).
László Baán, ministerial commissioner for the Liget Budapest project and director general of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Hungarian National Gallery, said the OMRRK will provide modern storage space for tens of thousands of works of art from both museums, as well as for objects from the Museum of Ethnography, and is at the cutting edge in terms of both scale and quality.
He added that the HUF 20 billion brownfield investment will solve storage problems for the museumsʼ collections for decades to come.
Located on the site of a former hospital on Szabolcs utca, the 37,000 square-meter central OMRRK building offers world-class museum storage space on four underground levels, while three above-ground floors will house restorersʼ workshops and laboratories. The building will also host the Central European Art History Research Institute (KEMKI), including an extensive archive of books and documents.
The site also features a new 13,000 sqm park, visitor center, exhibition space and restaurant. The architectural designs were drawn up by the Narmer Architecture Studio, aimed at creating harmony between old and new buildings, according to the OMRRK website. The main contractor for the project was Strabag-MML Kft.