ST.PETERSBOURG, October 16. / TASS /. The State Russian Museum will discuss at the St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum in November the possibility of opening a branch in Loches, central France, museum director Vladimir Gusev told TASS.
According to him, other branches of the Russian Museum could be opened in Shanghai in China and in Kemerovo in Russia.
“At the cultural forum, there will be a delegation from the town of Loches. It is a wonderful city of France: XI-XVI century, the Middle Ages, wonderful castles, a cathedral and the history of France. <...> And they want to establish a cultural and exhibition center of the Russian Museum. There may be small exhibits there, ”Gusev said.
The museum also plans to develop a network of virtual branches in Russia and other countries, and the opening of a new virtual branch in Shanghai is planned for the near future. “Work is drawing to a close in China now on opening a virtual branch of the Russian Museum and in total we have opened more than 200 digital entities in Russia and abroad. A branch was unveiled in Beijing in China but it didn’t work – it depends on the people and the funding. And now a center is opening in Shanghai. There are plans and the wish to create a real branch of the Russian Museum, “said Gusev .
The museum is also actively engaged in regional projects, including the establishment of museums in Vladivostok, Kaliningrad and Sevastopol. “We have cultural and exhibition centers, which have developed very successfully thanks to the funding of regional budgets. These are Kazan, Murmansk, Yaroslavl and Saransk, and there are a large number of applications and we we can’t even satisfy them all, ”Gusev said. .
Gusev also said that a branch of the Russian Museum is being established in Kemerovo in south-central Russia. “There will be a real branch in Kemerovo. And there will be a virtual Russian museum there, which offers huge opportunities in addition to the museum rooms – these are educational programs, activities for children, etc.” , he noted.
The Russian Museum is the first state museum of Russian art in the country, established by a decree of Tsar Nicholas II in 1895. The museum’s collection includes nearly 400,000 pieces and covers all historical periods, art genres Russian, its main currents and schools dating back to the X-XXI centuries.