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The restoration of the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin will cost an estimated €101m, Hermann Parzinger, the director of the Prussian Cultrural Heritage Foundation, announced yesterday, January 21. This masterpiece by the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, which opened in 1968, was closed in early January. Access to displays in the basement of the temple-like structure has already been closed since December 21. Construction of the exterior will not be visible initially, as the five-year makeover will start inside the building.

David Chipperfield Architects has been entrusted with the refurbishment project, having found international acclaim for its work on rebuilding the Neues Museum on Museum Island in Berlin.

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President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, Hermann Parzinger, has announced that Berlin's Museum of Modern Art will open no later than 2021. Speaking to the DPA, he said, "It is an ambitious goal, but I am optimistic that we can make it." Most important in reaching that goal, he suggested, was a higher level of unity among the political and cultural partners behind the project who have, at times, found themselves at odds.

In November, the project's biggest hurdle was cleared when the federal government approved a €200 million appropriation to fund the construction of the new museum (see €200 Million Appropriation Clears Way for Berlin MoMA).

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