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115 Degrees of Russian History

Plans for future projects revealed on the 115th anniversary of The State Russian Museums founding.

Published: March 27, 2013 (Issue # 1752)



  • The Russian Museum will reopen the Stroganov Palace on Nevsky Prospekt this summer.
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One hundred and fifteen years ago, on March 19, 1898, the first state museum of Russian art opened its doors in St. Petersburg. Today, the State Russian Museum is a unique repository of artistic treasures. Its collection contains more than 400,000 exhibits and covers the entire history of Russian art, from the 10th to the 20th century.

At a press conference on the museums anniversary last week, museum director Vladimir Gusev spoke about upcoming events, restoration work at the museum buildings and, of course, paid tribute to the museums longevity.

The date is not round, therefore we celebrate it not with gala events, but with work, said Gusev.

Todays main achievement is the developing dynamics of the Russian Museum, and this is clearly visible in our reports. This is not due to me, its due to the time with which we all have coincided. We have managed to restore and develop not only the Mikhailovsky Palace, but all of this huge complex, which is located in the historical center and approaches the size of the Vatican City, he said.

Actually, the Russian Museum is one of the largest repositories of Russian fine art in the world. The museum complex encompasses the Stroganov Palace, the Mikhailovsky (Engineers) Castle, the Marble Palace and the Summer Garden, which includes the Summer Palace of Peter the Great.

This year the Summer Palace marks its 300th anniversary. Nevertheless, according to Gusev, the main thing is not the occasion, but the fact that the museum has received money to fund the first phase of restoration work, which will include design estimates and expert assessment of both buildings. This phase will complete the restoration of the Summer Garden complex, following last years reopening of the garden to visitors after two and a half years of being closed.

Additionally, the reconstructed Stroganov Palace and the two pavilions (guardhouses) of the Mikhailovsky Castle will reopen in early summer this year.

The Virtual Russian Museum, which has no analogue either in Russia or abroad, will be located in the western pavilion. The main idea of the project is to provide the public with an interactive demonstration of the unknown aspects of the museums activities and artistic work. The western pavilion will offer a new level of integration with the Russian Museum and its virtual branches.

The eastern pavilion will be dedicated to a project set up by the Artdegardiya childrens educational and recreational complex, focused on aiding the creative development of children and teenagers through the use of fine art and modern technologies.

A new initiative titled The Russian Museum on Wheels is also in the pipeline. One or two buses equipped with multimedia technology will be purchased, and will travel to remote settlements in the Leningrad Oblast, where experienced scholars of art will give presentations about Russian painting to local schoolchildren.

During the press conference, Gusev noted that the museums work is largely organized around sponsorship programs, and exhibitions abroad are held at the expense of the foreign museums in which they take place.

Of course, the one who pays the piper calls the tune, said Gusev. But we always try to present our views and knowledge about Russian art, he added.

Upcoming exhibitions of note to look out for at the museum include Lamps of Old Russia and The 400th Anniversary of the Romanovs, which will exhibit, among other works, Grigory Ugryumovs monumental canvas The Summoning of Mikhail Romanov to the Throne.

The International Chess Tournament, held in memory of chess master Alexander Alekhine, and the sixth Imperial Gardens of Russia international festival of park and garden art will also take place at the Russian Museum this year.

For more information visit rusmuseum.ru.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Thursday, July 24


Liliana Modiliani, a well-known Russian stylist, will talk about choosing clothes that fit during her lecture at 7 p.m. at the Pryamoy Efir art club, 13 Viborgskoe Shosse.



Friday, July 25


Discuss Russias economic and political prospects for 2014 during a Business Breakfast organized by SPIBA at 9.30 a.m. in the Bank Saint-Petersburg office at 64


Malookhtinsky Prospekt.


Start your weekend with adorable miniature pigs at the Squealing Pig festival at 7 p.m. this evening in the Karl & Friedrich restaurant, 15 Iozhnaya doroga, on Krestovsky Island.



Saturday, July 26


Hundreds of brand-new and retro cars, drag and drift shows, test drives and karting are planned for the Avtobum-2014 festival, which will take place in front of the RIO shopping center at 2 Fuchika Ulitsa.


Participants in todays SaniDay Summer competition will impress visitors with their hand-made, unusual and hilarious boats, which will race at the Igora Resort near the 54th kilometer on Priozerskoe Shosse.


Metro Family Day will include both serious lectures for adults and master-classes for children, making the event interesting for the whole family. To participate, come to Kirov Park on Yelagin Island.


Photography will be the focus of todays Photosubbota, which features lectures by famous photographers, meetings with photo schools and studio representatives, and participation in a photography competition. The event starts at noon at Petrokongress, 5 Lodeynopolskaya Ulitsa.


If you like cycling, make sure to visit the Za Velogorod Festival with its retro bike exhibition, market and live music. The second round of the Leningrad Criterium race will also take place during the event at Petrovsky Arsenal in Sestroretsk.



Sunday, July 27


Navy Day will be celebrated with a weapon and military transportation exhibition, self-defense master classes and concerts. The event starts at 1 p.m. in the 300th Anniversary Park of St. Petersburg.



Monday, July 28


Dont miss a chance to see the latest achievements in robotics during the RoboDom interactive show, exhibiting more than 150 robots. The show will be at BUM center, 22/2 Gzhatskaya Ulitsa, until Aug. 3. The entrance ticket costs 350 rubles ($10).



Tuesday, July 29


A video of a Queen concert from 1986 will be shown today at 8 p.m. in Yaschik, 50/13 Ligovsky Prospekt.



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