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Prof. Dr. S.V. Zagraevsky


If major metropolitan Russian museums shared their collections

with province…


Published in Russian in the newspaper "Izvestia" of 15.03.2017.



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Now a few years Russia implemented the state programme aimed at the development domestic tourism. Given the great popularity among the population of our country events of cultural and leisure activities, an additional incentive for attract tourists to the regions could become traveling exhibitions of works art from the vaults of the largest museums of Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Someone this the idea may seem utopian, but in the meantime it has already been successfully tested. In accordance with the educational program in 1920-1930-ies a great number of works, masterpieces of world the art was passed down (and not just temporarily, but permanently!) from the center to the regions, and also in the Federal Republic. The province brought the painting, sculpture and decorative-applied art. There were regulations in accordance with that exposure or that of a regional Museum receives certain a number of works of various periods. So correcting the imbalance of volumesMuseum storerooms in the country.

Then it managed. If you develop a reasonable program would work today.

All stored in our museums belong to the state, and from a legal point of view barriers for temporary or permanent transfer of works of art there. In the vaults of the country's largest museums such as the Tretyakov gallery, the Hermitage, the Russian Museum and many others are many millions of masterpieces that not exhibited over the years.

But it is necessary to understand that the program for the transfer of paintings and sculptures in the regions if it will be launched, most likely, will face objective difficulties. First, transportation of all works of art — very complicated and an expensive process. Secondly, now, unfortunately, the General trend cultural life of the country probably is not centrifugal and centripetal: regions try to bring their exhibits in Moscow, and not Vice versa. The capital, on the contrary, quite skeptical about the exhibition areas of the province.

Today the country is very rich festival life. It is well to stimulate interest in modern art, but if the projects are one-time, they do not bring due results.

Below to move from a dead point, you need a good advertising campaign which would help to attract not only tourists from other cities, but foreigners. The success of such programs will depend on the uniqueness of a particular exhibition. If art lovers, which in our country is very manywill know that Moscow never will see, they I'd love to see in the province. At the same time look and other attractions.

Economic the crisis of recent years has prompted many people to think about art and stretch the eternal values. Citizens ready in the night in the cold to stand for hours the queue (remember the hype at the recent exhibitions of paintings by Aivazovsky and Serov, collections the Uffizi gallery and the Vatican) . And if big capital museums shared their vaults with the province, it could become a only the impetus for revitalizing cultural life in the country, but an additional incentive for the development of the regions.


© Sergey Zagraevsky

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