Taking a break from his campaign to secure re-election and sponsor a referendum for Catalonia's independence from Spain, Catalan President Artur Mas was in Moscow last week to close negotiations for a branch of the Hermitage Museum in Barcelona.
The museum will occupy an expanded industrial building in the port, near Ricardo Bofill's Hotel W. The project is designed by architect Ujo Pallarés, who is also the principal in the private firm that will finance and run the museum, according to El País. The details of the agreement signed in Moscow have not been made public.
Above, rendering from El País of the proposed musem.
The story in El País:
Mas y Mascarell viajan a Moscú para cerrar la llegada del Hermitage
Un Hermitage con muelle propio