Whatever happened to Dubai’s Museum of Middle Eastern Modern Art (Momema)?

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In 2008 his Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced building the Momema and the start of “his strategic vision of making the UAE a hub for multicultural understanding. The museum will be a celebration of the region’s artists and art. It will also celebrate Khor Dubai’s importance as a cultural hub within a Dubai as a global city.”

Ben van Berkel about the Museum of Middle Eastern Modern Art:
‘In MOMEMA Dubai we recognize the opportunity to create an entirely new type of museum, which consists of a vibrant urban centre, where professionals, collectors and public meet each other. In this way, MOMEMA will be a community-building institution within the city, and offer to both visitors and residents a continuously changing palette of experiences and events.’

‘The building is positioned to take full advantage of the prominent location in the Culture Village. With its Dhow-like prow rising up, the building offers panoramic views to the surroundings, and vice versa.’

‘Inside, the design of this new museum stimulates contemplation, but by other means than enforcing a restricted optical field. There are no abrupt transitions. The space (the time) you have left behind is undividedly part of the space you are in now, is part of your ecological field, is still perceptible, still surrounding you; the art contained in those spaces follows this principle. Formats, mediums, and times can be effortlessly arranged together and rearranged. There are never too many people; this museum thrives on audiences, vernissages, and spectacle. In the MOMEMA, public, event, art and business meet each other and feed on each other.’
The museum will cover an area of 25,000 square meters and is expected to be completed in January 2011.”
(Quoted from Desmena)

Looks nice, but where is it then? Zoom around the creek in Khor Dubai yourself.

All images from UNStudio in Amsterdam

Way more images and info at Desmena