Director of the Tretyakov Gallery branch in Vladivostok: “Let's make the museum a place of new discoveries for the Far East capital residents”

Director of the Tretyakov Gallery branch in Vladivostok: “Let's make the museum a place of new discoveries for the Far East capital residents”

Stroytransgaz Group of Companies continues construction of a cultural and educational complex, which will become a home site for branches of the best Russian museums and educational institutions of the cultural sector in Vladivostok. One of the leading “residents” of Primorye cultural cluster will be the State Tretyakov Gallery – Larisa Kotreleva, Director of Museum'S Branch in Vladivostok, told the Kultura TV channel how the neighbourhood with other leading cultural institutions will help make the Tretyakov Gallery a centre of gravity for Primorye’s cultural community, what role in museum’s life will be assigned to local artists and shared her observations about the cultural features of the Far East capital residents.

According to Larisa Kotreleva, the proximity to other large cultural institutions in Russia, such as the State Hermitage and Mariinsky Theater branches, will be a significant advantage for all residents of the cultural and educational complex.

“A large cultural complex in Vladivostok will be a unified institution, a co-institution associated with both education and the arts, aimed at the continuous culture development. The museum, which is open for the longest time – from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. – will be the center of attraction in these complexes,”said the director of the Tretyakov Gallery branch in Vladivostok.

Tretyakov Gallery representatives have no doubt that the museum's exhibitions in Primorye will be of a great success – researchers note a historical interest in culture in this territory.

“As far back as in 1888 Vladivostok citizens decided to create and build their own city museum. It means that people who founded and settled the city understood the importance and role of culture. Therefore, the formal way will not work with such audience – we have a lot to learn, including from our colleagues who are now doing amazing projects here: the Museum of Far East History, the Vladivostok Fortress Museum, the Primorye State Art Gallery. Vladivostok is the capital of Russian Far East. It’s an intersection of European and Asian cultures, characterized by dynamics and openness of people to everything new; I believe you can try to use it for a museum, make it a place of new discoveries for city residents and guests” – Larisa Kotreleva added.

Upon this, the “target audience” for the Tretyakov Gallery branch will be not only exhibition and exposition visitors, but the regional cultural community as well – it’s planned to involve creative people of the Primorsky Territory in the museum's daily life, to give them a site for self-realization.

“Local artists regard the emergence of new museums as broadening of opportunities. We’ve sent a small team of our Department of the Latest Trends in Vladivostok in order to get acquainted with the local community, we actively think about the needs of that part of our audience which will create something for the museum, participate in exhibitions and educational programs. The ability to interact with contemporary art is an important way of mastering the cultural space”, – the Branch Head emphasized.

Lets remind that Stroytransgaz Group is building cultural and educational complexes in Vladivostok and in three other Russian cities at the request of Social and Cultural Projects Fund National Cultural Heritage as instructed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Concert, exhibition and theatre halls, buildings for educational organizations implementing programs in the field of musical, choreographic, theatrical and other types of arts will be built in the Far East capital.

When the construction of the cultural and educational complex is completed, almost two million residents of Primorsky Territory and adjacent regions, including the PRC, Japan and the Republic of Korea, will be able to get acquainted with the best examples of Russian art without the need to travel across Russia. For many talented people from the Far East, the cultural cluster will become the first step towards the development of their creative abilities and a stepping stone to international recognition.