On May 28 and 31, 2016 Museum of Fine Arts after Pushkin in Moscow was celebrated his birthday. It appeared on May 31, 1912, when it was first opened to the public under the name “Museum of fine arts named after Emperor Alexander III at the Moscow Imperial University”.
The celebration, traditionally for the Museum, was decorated with thematic exhibitions, guided tours of the exhibition by Museum curators and famous people of different professions (the so-called “star tours”) and lectures. The event reflected the different exhibition and education aspects of the Museum that conducts exhibitions, research, lectures is to familiarize you with the world’s artistic culture, holds plays and musical evenings.
The invitation of celebrities allows to augment the glory of the museums, especially to attract the attention of the young audiences. People with fame, in turn, are interested in such events to increase their popularity and the formation of a positive image. In 2014, the year of Culture in Russia the Ministry of culture of the Russian Federation held a series “Star trips” to museums around the country in 2015 at the Museum of Fine Arts was guides actors and singers.
This experience arose in 1950е years and our time has gained popularity all over the world. Since 1959, the generated video and audio guides, voiced by celebrities: Isabella Rosselini at the American Museum of Natural history, Vincent Price Art Museum Phoenix Museum of Art), Meryl Streep in the Museum of Baltimore, Dustin Hoffman – in the Jewish Museum.
On May 28, 2016 the celebration of the Pushkin Museum opened with a presentation of the rich collection of Soviet literary scholar, art historian and collector Ilya Zilberstein. The 110th anniversary of the birth. Painting, drawing, documents from the collections of the Pushkin Museum. A. S. Pushkin and RGALI”. A tour of the collection conducted by B. Friedman, curator of the exhibition Zlobina, A. Kibovsky and A. Savinov.
On May 31, 2016 the program at main building included lectures and tours of the Ancient World – exposition and contemporary excavations of ancient civilizations, tours of Middle Ages and New time, as well as demonstrations of interesting exhibits of furniture of Museum.
Meanwhile, in the manor Golitsyn was held a program devoted to media art and new technologies. It was attended by Dmitry Sergeyev (the Executive Director My.com, Mail.ru, VK), K. Razlogov, etc.
Vivid tours of foreign art of the XIX-XX centuries and Russian collectors-merchants attracted spectators in the Gallery of art of Europe and America XIX-XX centuries the Senior researchers of the Museum of N. Kortunov and A. Petukhov presented his remarkable collection and its collectors. They were joined by actress Ingeborga Dapkunaite (she showed P. cézanne), broadcaster Arkhangelsky (talking about Picasso), and Director of the Polytechnic Y. Shakhnovskaya (tour of the Morozov brothers).
The collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings in the Museum is famous in Russia and abroad. Therefore, the attention of celebrities to Cezanne and Picasso is not accidental. According to Ingeborga Dapkunaite, she is interested in Cézanne as the founder of modern art (last time it was represented by A. Matisse). Alexander Arkhangelsky believes that Picasso is a compact and great at the same time, so very convenient for sightseeing.
It is important to say that in the Pushkin Museum the event was going and worthy of the audience. Young, Mature and very young people who are interested in the stated themes, the decorum followed the guides carefully listening to them. Although you would expect the collection of crowds of different people, thanks to the organization as a whole and pre-record all went to the mutual satisfaction of the participants. It seems the birthday of the Pushkin Museum was successfull.