The exhibition “Titian 1488/90-1576. From the collections of Italy’s museums” has opened at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow and will run until 29 September 2013. The first major exhibition of the Venetian master organised in Russia, the event is the highlight of the cultural promotion initiatives following the Year of Italian Culture and Language, in 2011.
Curated by Prof. Giovanni Villa from the University of Bergamo, the exhibition features 11 extraordinary master-works that illustrate Titian’s pivotal role in the history of art over the last 500 years.
Russian Culture Minister awards Italian Ambassador
The Russian Culture Minister, Vladimir Medinsky, said that Moscow greatly appreciated the effort involved in bringing these masterpieces to Russia. Noting the great improvement in bilateral relations, not just in the cultural sphere, after the “Italy-Russia Year” of 2011, he presented the Italian Ambassador to Moscow, Antonio Zanardi Landi, with the highest award of the Russian Cultural Ministry.
Culture and the “Made in Italy” brand
Ambassador Zanardi pointed out that the exhibition aims to highlight the importance of our provinces’ cultural heritage and is a “taster” for the Italy-Russia Year of Tourism, which will run from September 2013 until September 2014. One aim of the “Year” is to promote less well-known tourism destinations and art cities while developing synergies between cultural tourism and the “Made in Italy” brand. The Ambassador illustrated a project to create tourism-cultural “pathways” linked to Titian.
The opening of the Titian exhibition was attended by important representatives of Russia’s economic, cultural and political communities, including President Putin’s Adviser for International Cultural Affairs, Mikhail Shvytkoy. Read full article, in Italian.