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May 10, 2012

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Spain’s €44m Niemeyer centre is shut in galleries glut

Squabble over spending on hotels, trips and meals at complex designed by celebrated Brazilian architect

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Giles Tremlett in Madrid

guardian.co.uk, Monday 3 October 2011 18.50 BST

The Niemeyer Centre in Avilés, northern Spain, had been compared to the Guggenheim in Bilbao. Photograph: Rafa Rivas/AFP/Getty Images

A dazzling €44 million (£37.7m) arts centre in the northern Spanish city of Avilés is to close after six months amid political squabbling as the country asks itself what to do with a glut of glittering new museums.

The Niemeyer centre, which was designed by the celebrated 103-year-old Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, was intended to have the same impact on the industrial Cantabrian sea port as the Guggenheim museum has had on Bilbao, 150 miles to the east.

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