All exhibits from the museum fund, which were at exhibitions in “unfriendly” countries, returned to Russia. Only works belonging to private collectors who fell under the sanctions remained abroad. alt=”Shvydkoy announced the return of all the exhibits of the museum fund of Russia” />
All the exhibits from the state museum fund of Russia have returned to the country, Interfax reported. Mikhail Shvydkoy, Special Representative of the President for International Cultural Cooperation. They were at exhibitions in countries that the Russian government has included in the list of “unfriendly”, he specified.
Shvydkoi said that only works belonging to private individuals who were on the EU sanctions list remained abroad. In a conversation with TASS, he noted that we are talking about two or three exhibits. “There is a serious legal work going on there. I think that in the end this issue will be resolved,— said the presidential envoy.
He added that the decision to suspend the export of museum exhibits from Russia to foreign exhibitions until mid-2023 was made in order “to avoid risks either in terms of logistics or insurance.” “In any case, I believe that today the problem of museum exhibitions should be oriented towards the domestic market and the CIS countries,” — considers Shvydkoy.
Earlier, the presidential special representative expressed the opinion that art objects from the Russian museum fund “should stay at home for some time”— until “the situation calms down.”
At the end of June, the Ministry of Culture announced a temporary ban on exporting exhibits from Russia to exhibitions abroad, specifying that it was introduced on March 3rd. They plan to start sending them to exhibitions in friendly countries from next year. The ministry also said that at that time 1,500 exhibits from exhibitions in Europe, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, Oman, and Belarus were returned to Russia.
In the spring, against the background of the Russian military operation in Ukraine and subsequent sanctions against Moscow, the organizers of exhibitions with the participation of Russian exhibits faced problems when returning works to the country. For example, in April, Finnish customs announced the detention of three consignments of goods “falling under EU sanctions.” Among them were exhibits from the Hermitage, the Tretyakov Gallery, and the Pushkin Museum. A few days later, the paintings crossed the border. The Hermitage explained that the canvases were returned after clarifying that “exhibition exchanges have a special status even under sanctions restrictions.”
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