Kolkata: The metropolis will soon have a new museum of modern art projected as the first of its kind in Asia.
The Rs550 crore state-of-the-art centre will be a joint venture between the West Bengal government, the centre and a private enterprise Kolkata Museum of Modern Art (KMOMA).
The museum, to be set up on 10 acres in New Town of Rajarhat, on the outskirts of the metropolis, will have a National Gallery, Western Galleries, Far-Eastern Galleries and an Academic Wing, where a national collection of fine art ranging from the 19th century to the contemporary period will be exhibited.
KMOMA signed an agreement with the Swiss architect Herzog & de Meuron, based in Basel in Switzerland for the museum project.
The agreement was signed by KMOMA managing trustee Rakhi Sarkar and Herzog’s senior partner Harry Gugger at a function here yesterday.
The KMOMA project is likely to be the second major international architecture in India after the landmark venture of French architect Le Corbusier, commissioned by former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru to plan Chandigarh in the 1950s.