Exhibit hall 4.1 in Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention Centre has launched the first ever Russian exhibition that features over a hundred of private museum owners from all across Russia, from Kamchatka to Kaliningrad – “The Private Museums of Russia. Talents of Russia.” Its exhibit includes a few thousand unique items that have never been displayed in Moscow before. The event aims to demonstrate the wide diversity of the national Russian culture and its regions, introduce traditions, and unlock new knowledge about its history, geography and culture.
The Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Medinsky, took part in the opening ceremony noting the role the private museums play in the cultural sector, and wished good prospects and prosperity to the exhibiting talents. “Those who put out their effort, time, talent, knowledge and money in order to preserve the memory of the invaluable treasures our country owns and our culture generates, for future generations – thank you so much!” The ceremony also saw the State Duma Deputy Natalia Pilyus, the archpriest and Chairman of the expert board for church art, architecture and restoration at the Russian Orthodox Church Leonid Kalinin, Director of the Association of Private Museums of Russia and founder of the exhibition Alexey Shaburov, and Director of Sokolniki Park Andrey Lapshin, all emphasizing the real significance of the exhibition.
Following the ceremonial opening, the Minister of Culture visited exhibit hall 4.1 to speak to the exhibitors, who gave him an overview of their sometimes unique private museums, and shared the vision of further private museum sector development.