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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Gennady Popov has left to work in the Museum Rublev

After a rapid merger of the national centre for contemporary arts (NCCA) with the State Museum exhibition center (ROSIZO) have been personnel changes, unexpected even to presidential adviser on culture Vladimir Tolstoy. A specialist in contemporary art Mikhail Mindlin, head of the NCCA for 22 years, the Minister of culture was appointed Director of the Museum of ancient Russian culture. Rublev. When this was removed the Director of the Rublev Museum’s 76‑year-old Gennady Popov, whose contract at the Ministry of culture was signed until 2017. An elderly professional with an impeccable reputation in his native left the exhibition space of the Deputy Director on scientific work. Thank you for not thrown out on the street.

Spaso-Andronikov monastery, which is located in the Rublev Museum. Photo: vk.com / museum_andrey_rublev.

In 1947, the Rublev Museum was opened on the territory of the Spaso-Andronikov monastery. In 1960, his researcher became Gennady Popov, and after 34 years he headed the Museum. When it held 15 major exhibitions and joined the collection of 400 unique exhibits. On removal from the post of Director Gennady Popov learned on may 27, the news caught him by surprise. Two days later we phoned to Popov.

— Gennady Viktorovich, what do you think happened?

— Nothing tragic. Merged two organizations, Mikhail Borisovich (Mindlin. — K. K.), it was necessary where-that to attach. I remained Deputy Director for scientific work and were released from the sewage plumbing system. As Director, I monitored everything, including cloakroom and toilets. Now I’m going to deal exclusively with the exposition, science and other lofty issues. Start with a better exposure and writing catalogues: we have not at all described and catalogued.

— Michael Mindlin will bring up to date?

— Of course, give him General guidelines and tips. Iterate with him all departments.

— What state is the new Director goes to the Museum?

Mikhail Borisovich believes that good-looking. For visitors opened all the rooms, which was not in the moment of my arrival to the Museum. Relative to put in order the territory, but the pipe must be changed. In a Museum a pleasure to enter, although it is somewhat launched: dilapidated, some places require painting. Maybe this is my fault, however a little bit of money to give. I hope for the anniversary (in 2017, the Rublev Museum will celebrate the 70th anniversary. — K. K.) all are in order. Say goodbye: the cases in the Museum a lot, went to work.

Managed to know the opinion about the current situation and the presidential adviser on culture Vladimir Tolstoy, which staff of the NCCA are going to send a petition against the merger with ROSIZO. Will send when typed signatures of five thousand, at the time of writing their three thousand.

For me, the decision of the Ministry of culture unexpectedly, did not consult with me, ” says Mr. Colon. — Echoes of the intentions I have heard, but didn’t think it would happen so quickly. Matter how global and reasonable is the concept of ROSIZO, because now he’s a huge monster, holding, phenomenon. If his work was devoted to the development and expansion, rather than dealing with dissent, it will be good. I would have been distracted by the man — named personnel changes weird, but as a presidential adviser can’t afford it.

Recently, the Minister of culture proudly stated that all personnel issues consults with the cellist Roldugina. Apparently, this time. In the end we got a specialist for contemporary art Mikhail Mindlin as Director of the Rublev Museum, engineer and financier by education, Sergey Perov — at the head of ROSIZO and the megastructure, budget and expenditure which may well be difficult to control.

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