« »A jury of six members today announced that Zaha Hadid, London, has won the architectural competition to develop a design for a proposed museum in Vilnius, Lithuania. The architectural competition is part of a feasibility study undertaken by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and The State Hermitage Museum. The directors of both institutions participated in the jury selection process.
In addition to Zaha Hadid Daniel Libeskind, New York, and Massimiliano Fuksas, Rome, submitted designs for the proposed project.
« The creation of the new center of contemporary and media art in Vilnius would be an important phenomenon in European cultural life, » said Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of the State Hermitage Museum. « We are honored that The State Hermitage Museum is participating in such a significant undertaking. The project in Vilnius would be an excellent complement to the programme we have recently developed exhibiting contemporary art at the Hermitage. » »
(Source: Dexigner Newsletter of April 28 2008)