The Easel

14th December 2021

In Moscow, a new arts centre to brush up Russia’s image

Hot on the heels of Hong Kong’s M+ museum comes the opening of the huge GES-2 contemporary art centre in Moscow. It has the glamour location – a former power station renovated at vast expense – and financial backing to be a major international art venue. Such an institution may burnish Russia’s reputation, but this report states the obvious – the potential conflict between a vibrant art sector and censorship. Says one local, “It looks like schizophrenia.” Images are here.