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A “21st-century military transport automobile”

The militaristic mood that has gripped Russia in connection with the annexation of Crimea is spreading to the country’s museums. Russia’s culture ministry is working on creating a major new tank museum at the site of the Battle of Prokhorovka in the southern Belgorod region, which borders Ukraine. The battle between Soviet and Nazi forces was one of the biggest armoured clashes in history. Meanwhile, an existing T-34 tank museum near Moscow is about to undergo major expansion. And the All-Russian Decorative Arts Museum in Moscow, which is known more for exhibiting objets d’art, is getting in on the act with an exhibition called “Industrial Design of Defense Production: Expressive Severity and Reliable Functionality” (until 11 May). The display includes the winning designs of a competition for a “21st-century military transport automobile” and is dedicated to May’s Victory Day celebrations marking the end of the Second World War. According to a museum press release, the models on show in the museum courtyard “are astoundingly contemporary, but also completely functional.” The competition is sponsored by Intrall, a Russian-British automotive company.

From In The Frame

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