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The project “Reflection of Eternity’ is the winner of the second open contest of projects “Museums of the Russian North” held under the initiative and with financial support of OAO “Severstal’”. The organization partner is the “Charities Aid Foundation” (CAF Russia). 

In total, 22 applications were submitted from 21 cities of the Russian North West. The jury selected 5 innovative and socially significant museum projects that received financial and expert support. The Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Karelia won in the category “information technology in the museum” with the project “Reflection of Eternity”.

 


The project became the winner of the most prestigious in Russia VIII Grant Museum Contest “A Changing Museum in a Changing World” in the category “Author’s Project”. The contest is held by the V. Potanin Charity Foundation with support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and operative administration of the Cultural Managers’ Association (АМК).

The project idea concerns creation of a multimedia educational program for understanding the basics of icon-painting for the modern viewers, who would like to get acquainted with the famous “northern paintings”, reveal for themselves the artistic and symbolic language of monuments of Russian Orthodox culture of 15-19 centuries. Saint Nikolas is one of the most respected saints in the North, and the Pomor proverb about thirty three churches in his honor only confirms his popularity. The main content of the project is built around the image of Saint Nikolas.

 

The project was implemented in the Fine Art Museum of RK twice:

2009-2010 – supported by the organization “Unity of Journalism and Culture” (Moscow).

2011 – 2012 - supported by V.P. Schmitz Foundation (Germany)

The main goal of the project is creating conditions for full-bloodied spiritual development of children with hearing disorder and their integration into the society through culture and arts.

Implementation of the project “Equal with the World” allowed for creating a computer and art studio “Surdodialogue” (sign language dialogue). The studio is both stationary and mobile for children living in other cities of the Republic of Karelia. This project includes a great variety of techniques: water colors, pastel, collage, fabric printing, etc. thanks to which the desire to create will overcome the sick condition of aggression and being unwelcome. A number of lessons of computer drawing in the Museum Resource Center helped children to learn new tools of the graphic software Paint and create a great number of masterpieces in the genre of portrait, landscape, still-life, etc. The work in the computer classroom helps them contact each other, and the computer being the device not requiring sign language interpretation, becomes the means of children’s interaction. Such an alliance in work serves the purpose of bringing up tolerance and mutual understanding, which leads to a predictable reaction: I am like everybody else, and opens the door to the “deaf world” to the hearing citizens of Petrozavodsk.

 

The project became the winner of the most prestigious in Russia VI Grant Museum Contest “A Changing Museum in a Changing World” in the category “New Education Programs”. From 460 applications only 25 best were selected. The contest is held by the V. Potanin Charity Foundation with support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and operative administration of the Cultural Managers’ Association.



 

On October 17, 2008 the Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Karelia opened the renewed permanent exhibition “North of Russia. 20 Century” under the grant ‘Expanse of the Russian North”. This project is implemented within the framework of support for fine art museums’ activities in the Russian province with support of ОАО “Severstal’” and CAF (Charities Aid Foundation).

The project “Expanse of the Russian North” is a significant even in the life of the museum. during its realization, the section “The North of Russia, 20 Century” was renewed, where the unique collection of 20 century Russian paintings is represented to the full. This is an independent section in the museum collection, which includes national and Karelian fine art of 1910-1990s. The prides of the collection are the works of different artists from Petrozavodsk, Archangelsk, Murmansk, Novgorod, Vologda as well as famous Leningrad painters, including the pupils of P.N. Filonov: T.N. Glebova, A.I. Poret, M.P. Tsybasov. There is a film about him in the exhibition hall.