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Royal Academy in talks with potential Moscow partner

The institution also wants to co-organise the arts programme of a planned centre in Hong Kong

The Royal Academy of Arts in London is negotiating with a potential partner in Moscow, the artist-run institution’s chief executive, Charles Saumarez Smith, has confirmed. The Russian project—details of which are still to be announced—follows the news last month that the academy is bidding to co-organise, with a local partner, the arts programme of the Central Police Station in Hong Kong, a planned cultural centre that is being designed by the architects Herzog & de Meuron and is due to open in 2015. The academy has been increasingly active in the Gulf and Singapore. “The Gulf states and Asia are [interested] in [our] model of representing living artists,” Saumarez Smith says, noting that, unlike many museums, the academy is independent of the government.

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