Press Review

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We present here a roundup of press coverage for the conference itself (not the social media project, which reached worldwide).  We’ve done our best to round up links, but if you’ve come across additional press, please add in the comments. Continue reading

Museums – objects and subjects of territorial development

Section 2 of the Yekaterinburg part of the conference looked at museums on a broader scale, discussing the professional development of whole museum regions through professional exchange and the interplay of museums, cultural tourism and marketing of a region or city.

Wolfgang Stäbler and Olga Cherkaeva shared their experiences from many years of cooperation between German and Russian museums and museum professionals, from which both sides benefit a great deal, although working together is not always easy for several reasons, especially so now. But both expressed again their strong wish to continue the longstanding dialogue and exchange on cultural grounds.

On the Role of Museums

Volunteers building the New Belgica

Many of the Saint Petersburg conference participants traveled to Yekaterinburg for the second part of the meeting – a three hours flight to the Ural -, and many more Russian colleagues joined us there. But before any papers were presented, an agreement was signed in the presence of the international participants and many members of the press: the agreement of intent to establish a Hermitage-Ural cultural and learning center. Yekaterinburg has long been a closed city, but today it is bursting with construction and development projects, and the cultural center is an important component to make an appearance on an international scale. Continue reading

Industrial History in the Urals

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One afternoon session in Yekaterinburg was devoted to ways of interpreting and promoting industrial history, particularly of this region. This is a rich aspect of this region and presenters, all from Russia, shared both their innovative approaches and the challenges they face.

Contemporary art as a tool of regeneration of industrial areas was discussed by Alisa Prudnikova, Director, NCCA-Ural. Industrial biennale in Yekaterinburg. Biennales are are art world staple, attracting great attention, but this Biennale takes a unique approach, where artists from around the world focus on industry; using materials and processes as inspiration.  Ivan Grinko, Head of Museum, Design Laboratory, Heritage Institute also used design and creativity as a framework for his presentation, which explored the ways in which museums use maps, both on the territory and in the museum itself.

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Tsarskoye Selo

P1030902The last day of the conference in Saint Petersburg took us to the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum for both tours and the roundup of the conference (see the Reflections post).  Such a magnificent place–what problems could they possibly have?  Amidst all this glamour, its director, Olga Taratynova, openly talked to us about the struggles to manage the site:  managing finances and coping with development pressures around this historic site; the same issues faced in many other countries and locations. Continue reading

Politics, Power, and the Public

Conference Section 4 on Thursday was officially running under the topic of ‘Museums and Internal Politics’ and took place at the A.S. Popov Central Museum of Communication. Founded as the museum of telegraphy, sitting just opposite the huge main post office building in Saint Petersburg, it was reopened in 2003. The new name reflects the many new topics that were then integrated and followed up through time– from horseback riding messengers until modern telecommunications. You can tell that major efforts have been made to include new ways of display and apply highly modern media to attract a wide range of audiences. The museum, run by 63 members of staff, welcomes 90,000 visitors per year, many of whom attend special events. Continue reading

Europa Nostra

Das Tsarskoje Selo State Museum und ICOM Russland luden in den großen Katharinenpalast zur offizielle Verleihung des Preises “Europa Nostra” an Dr. Olga V. Taratynova, Direktorin vom Tsarskoje Selo State Museum ein. Continue reading

Im Ural!

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Nach dem ersten erfolgreichen und angefüllten Konferenztag in Jekaterinburg ging es heute noch tiefer in die russischen Weiten. In zwei Gruppen  machten sich die Teilnehmer auf, um ihre Sektionen vom Vortag in Nizhnyj Tagil und in Irbit fortzusetzen  und dies mit der Besichtigung der Museen vor Ort zu verbinden. Die Abfahrt war für 8.00 Uhr angesetzt und uns allen war wohl eine gewisse Erschöpfung anzumerken. Unsere Gruppe machte sich auf den Weg nach Norden in Richtung Tagil. Während der einstündigen Fahrt erhielten wir weitere Informationen über die Stadt und die Region und genossen einen zunehmend bezaubernden Ausblick in die Natur und ihre unendlichen Weiten, die meisten allerdings nutzten diese kurze Konferenzpause für einen Power Nap. Continue reading

Das neue Weltkriegsmuseum in Carskoe Zelo

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Der Besuch des im August eröffneten Weltkriegsmuseums war einer Programmänderung zum Opfer gefallen und bei unserem gestrigen Besuch der Zarenresidenz vor den Toren von Petersburg nicht mehr vorgesehen. Ich habe dennoch einen Vorstoß gewagt und tatsächlich fanden sich noch einige andere russische Kolleginnen, die die Gelegenheit für einen Besuch des ersten und einzigen Museums zum Ersten Weltkrieg in Russland nutzen wollten. Zusammen sind wir die 20 Minuten durch den wunderbaren Park des Schlosses zum Gebäude der alten Rüstkammer gelaufen. Nur von weitem konnten wir die kleineren Paläste sowie den Weißen Turm sehen, die erst kürzlich restauriert oder umgestaltet wurden und der Öffentlichkeit übergeben worden.

Ein Gebäudekomplex wies uns schon den Weg zu unserem Thema, dem Ersten Weltkrieg. Dort hatten die Zarenkinder während des Weltkrieges gespielt, in der Außenanlage erkennbar an den „Schützengräben“. Continue reading

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