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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

“Intermuseum” mammoths and Eskimos

The guests of “Manege” meets the three-meter with a shaggy mammoth the baby mammoth from the Museum “Ice age”. To see the creatures or items that disappeared decades ago, or stored in hundred kilometers from Moscow, is now no fiction, but a real reality, albeit sometimes virtual. To take in it on a large-scale festival “Intermuseum” — annual review of Museum of innovation, which sets an ambitious goal: to present temple of the arts of the future. This year the festival, which is considered the hallmark of the Russian Museum community, is dedicated to the art space without borders. So most of the projects — and there are more than three hundred, will present unique exhibits, programs in digital format and programs for people with disabilities.

photo: Ksenia Korobeinikova

Geography. As the organizers canceled the fees and rent for the participants, their number has considerably increased: this time museums 315 (last year there were 232), of which 38 are private. So for four days in the capital turned art spaces in almost all regions, CIS and far abroad. The most welcome guests — DNI and LC. Director of the Donetsk regional Museum Denis Kuznetsov has told, how after a fire in 2014 destroyed part of the building and the roof, killing the natural science exposition, diorama Limanskiy forest, rich collection of porcelain and faience. He shared his experience of recovery space in two years in terms of military action.

photo: Ksenia Korobeinikova

Atmosphere. In the area of Museum of nature and human Ugra stretched rope: the friendly eskimo hanging them on the iron chains and bells, and later would start to emit a strange set of tools shamanic sounds. At the table of the Tobolsk historical and architectural Museum masters outfits in cotton knit from nettle fibres patterned scarves. Their master class collects a dozen old women, who were whispering at first from embarrassment, and relaxed, join the knitting. The stand of the Nizhny Tagil Museum of fine arts is decorated with Zhostovo trays, and Busty beauties in ball gowns with a deep neckline are taught drawing and painting flowers in this painting. At this time, moms with children crowd around the scene of the Museum of Russian folk and naive art in the presentation “amusing Raika”. Device to view prints looks like a hut on wheels with a handle, twisting which change the picture of the life of the Russian people. All this happens under the sounds of mugham “Charity” performed by musicians of Azerbaijan.

photo: Ksenia Korobeinikova

Bureaucrats. “We could play non-rhythmic mugham, but thought, rhythmic mugham is much better suited for the Minister of culture,” says Director of the ensemble, Munis Sharifov. Yes, it is not only adviser to the President on culture Pyotr Tolstoy, head of the Moscow Department of culture Alexander Kibovsky, but Vladimir Medinsky. Around the last participants of the festival and jump. However, courage in dealing with official distinguished Moscow archers. Medina to question why their hammers sharpened on only one side, Archer said, “So it should be, comrade Minister, with the two sides only in fairy tales grind”. Then Medina nedoumevala asked why he was called a friend… At the stand of the Tretyakov gallery, the Minister stares at the monument to Bulat Okudzhava. Left to wonder whether he understands the full horror of the order to merge the Museum of the poet with GLM and the dismissal of the Director of Okudzhava’s widow Olga Artsimovich. Guess — because to talk about the burning issue with the Medina is not possible — through his retinue do not break.

Visitors. Monuments Okudzhava and Zhvanetsky is the Tretyakov gallery in the framework of the project “the Language of sculpture in Braille”, which allows people with disabilities to “read” the hands on exhibits. The Kremlin museums have also prepared social development: at their stand blind cognize the dome of the assumption Cathedral with the help of the 3D model of the temple that you can feel. “Since my childhood I love to go to Moscow Kremlin to energize its cathedrals and ancient walls. But because of disability, are unable to feel the beauty, but here, touching the dome, I imagined it”, — says student of Moscow pedagogical state University Zoe Kalinina. But the biggest excitement among children and adolescents with disabilities at the stand of the Krasnoyarsk Museum of local lore, where fairies knit joy.

photo: Ksenia Korobeinikova

The expert. The Hermitage shows photos of the restored General staff and the layout destroyed in the Palmyra temple of Baal with descriptions of its unique features. “An important feature of our meeting is using the latest technology correctly. After all, they can stifle the project. The Museum is not only a virtuality, but above all, the authenticity of which is transmitted the monuments of culture. And today some of them are dying, and we see what happens to them if in the minds of people not understanding their value. The museums are on the borders of the protection of culture, and destroy them first. This is a lesson not only of Palmyra, but for all of us,” says Director of the Hermitage Mikhail Piotrovsky. After that, the booth Museum offer to paint a copy of the lion of Allat, destroyed Palmyra, and to build of cubes temple of this complex. By the way, “Intermuseum” became aware of the opening of the center satellite of the Hermitage in Barcelona, scheduled to take place in two or three years. Now just beginning its construction.

Movie. In honor of the year of cinema built cinema. The children then show cartoons from the collection of the Museum of animation, and adults — the legendary Soviet films. Their posters hung on the first floor of “Manege”. For the exhibition “the History of Soviet cinema in film posters. 1919-1991” collected 300 works of graphic artists in the style of constructivism. The most curious of them — posters of the Stenberg brothers to the “Girl with box”, the movie posters to the first Soviet science fiction film by Yakov Protazanov “Aelita” and the famous “Battleship “Potemkin” by Sergei Eisenstein.

Award. The jury headed by Elena Gagarina determined the winners of the festival competition. For supremacy in four categories competed 17 museums. Grand Prix took the Darwin Museum. The best project presentation and interpretation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage called “Boris Godunov” of the Moscow Kremlin Museums. As the best project in the field of Museum education selected “New Farm” Museum-reserve “Peterhof”. The prize for the best project to work with people with disabilities got “Gatchina” with “a Sense of the Palace”. And the best project aimed at social interaction, he appeared at the Yaroslavl historical architectural and art Museum.

Among the special awards here’s the deal: for a series of exhibitions of one artist — the Museum of Anatoly Zverev, for the promotion of restoration activities — the Center Grabar, for the best author’s program for working with visitors — as Irina Antonova Director of the Pushkin Museum. Pushkin, for his work with the Museum community — library for the blind and visually impaired.

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