Boris Yeltsin Presidential Museum

Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation

Through the passing of Federal Law Number 68, former Presidents of the Russian Federation are recognized as “integral parts of modern Russian history, goals, objections and functions,” and the support of the Russian Federation is promised to create Centers dedicated to their unique legacies.

The Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center is the first institution in the Russian Federation dedicated to the decade immediately following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. During this period, Russia held its first democratic elections in 1,000 years, created a new constitution, and rebuilt its relationships with the world.

An international team of scholars, museum experts, and historical participants created the content for the center, imagining a new type of learning space. In its central aspiration, the Center should not only be Russia’s most technically advanced museum, but it should do more than any other institution in the nation to promote needed conversations about the opportunities, decisions, and challenges involved in the making of a new, free society.

The Center’s permanent exhibition features the first major exhibition treatment in Russia to focus on communism, as well as a discursive study of Russia’s turbulent first, post- Soviet decade. Conceptualized as a study of seven decisive moments of this decade, the permanent exhibition showcases new revelations on how and why Russia developed as it did during the 1990s. The Center also provides many opportunities for visitors to share their opinions on the President’s work, and to shape an on-going debate on his legacy.

Year:
2015
Client:
The Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center Foundation
Architect:

ASPA

Size:

28,503 sq/ft

Languages:

English, Russian

Awards:
  • The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, GOOD Design Awards: Environment Award

  • Graphis, Design Annual 2017 Award: Print; Exhibit, Silver

     

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