SKOLKOVO Business School and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts Become Partners
Moscow, December 27, 2017. – The Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO has become a corporate patron of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, one of Russia's largest museums of international art.
The corporate patron status will allow the SKOLKOVO Business School to contribute directly to the Pushkin Museum's development, and support its reconstruction, replenishment and preservation programmes.
Marina Loshak, Director of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts: “It is a great honour for me to welcome the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO as a new patron of the Pushkin Museum. Art is forever but the world is changing rapidly, making the museum keep pace with the times. We are expanding our activities by adjusting to the current trends and conditions, desires and needs of new generations, while maintaining the Pushkin Museum as one of the leading cultural institutions in the country. I hope that our collaboration with SKOLKOVO will help us not only attract the best young talents to design a museum of the future, but also take a fresh look at our strategies of today.”
The patron of the museum has a number of opportunities, such as hosting partner events at the Pushkin Museum, participating in private meetings for the museum’s friends and partners, receiving invitations to opening ceremonies of tours and exhibitions, meetings with artists, as well as making individual visits to the museum.
Andrey Sharonov, President of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, supported this initiative: “The foundation of the Pushkin Museum was a private initiative of a single person. The person who was inspired by the great idea and did not care about money. In this regard, the SKOLKOVO Business School and the Pushkin Museum have similar histories: the School was founded by private initiators and investors united by the common mission. Our partnership with the Pushkin Museum opens up new opportunities for us and shows that SKOLKOVO is not just a business story. We are ready to move forward by supporting culture and art. I expect that our collaboration will be fruitful and successful. We might even launch a joint educational programme in the near future.”
In October 2017, SKOLKOVO Business School hosted its first event at the Pushkin Museum as a corporate patron. Friends and partners of the SKOLKOVO Business School gathered at the museum to enjoy a welcome cocktail before the meeting of the International Advisory Board. The guests took a chance to see works by the contemporary Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang, whose exhibition titled October was devoted to the October Revolution's centenary.
Marina Loshak, Director of the Pushkin Museum, visited the SKOLKOVO Business School in 2016, where she delivered a lecture to the guests of the Family Day, a New Year celebration. Ms. Loshak talked about how the museum culture had changed and the role museums should play in the life of a modern family.
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts is a state museum complex that holds one of the largest world art collections in Russia. Currently, the museum has about 700 thousand art works of different epochs, holds 43 feature exhibitions of international importance and offers 148 educational programmes. It is actively engaged in research and public awareness activities, as well as unique art educational activities for adults and children.