On 11 October, in St. Petersburg Vneshtorgbank and the State Russian Museum, a federal state cultural institution, signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement. Andrey Kostin, Chairman and CEO of Vneshtorgbank and Vladimir Gousev, Director of FSCI State Russian Museum signed the Agreement.
Within the framework of the Agreement, Vneshtorgbank will finance the installment of security system and special equipment for a renovated Open Sculpture Fund in the St Mikhael's (Engineers) Castle, the Centre of Graphic Art and the Centre of Numismatics. The projects are to be implemented in 3 years.
Citing Andrey Kostin, partnership with the leading museums of Russia is among the most important Vneshtorgbank's lines of sponsorship. "The Bank's management considers that financial support of these institutions helps to maintain and develop the national culture, which is part of the world's heritage. That is why VTB participation in financing the Russian museum projects should be of a long-term character. Due to its ongoing charity work, Vneshtorgbank managed to gain confidence of the largest cultural institutions of Russia" - said Chairman and CEO of Vneshtorgbank.
VTB potential built on the long-term servicing of cultural enterprises and also its active participation in charity work and sponsorship will facilitate this Agreement implementation.
The Russian Museum is the first state museum of the Russian fine art in the country. It was established in 1895 in St Petersburg under the decree of the Emperor Nicholas II.
The Russian museum today is a unique depository of artistic treasures, a famous restoration centre, a world-recognized institute of academic research, one of the major cultural and educational centers, research and methodological centre of art museums of the Russian Federation, supervising activities of 260 art museums of Russia.
Presently, the Russian Museum contains approximately 400,000 exhibits and traces the entire history of Russian art for more than 1,000 years from the tenth to the twenties centuries. The collection represents all trends of development of the Russian art, its major forms and genres, schools and movements of art.
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Open Sculpture Fund is a unique expository project, which has no analogues in the practice of Russian museums. This project will exhibit about 200 best works of domestic plastic arts from avangard of the 1920th to experimental works of modern artists.
The Centre of Numismatics will be the first integrated numismatic complex in Russia, open to specialists and visitors of the museum. It will be established on the basis of the richest collection of the Russian museum (more than 72,000 exhibits, including 21,000 gratuity and commemorative medals, badges and military medals). Modern facilities will provide optimal conditions for storage and security of the exhibits and for research and scientific-educating work in the sphere of numismatics.
The Centre of Geographic art is intended for a museum collection of the Russian graphics of the XVIII - XX centuries, the largest in Russia and one of the most significant world collections of national graphics (approximately 180,000 works of art). It will unite funds, library and graphic restoration workshops, own installation workshops, and will enable to create special "engraving room" to work with the exhibits.