5 December 2011, 19:39

Russian-Spanish cross-cultural year finishes in Madrid

Russian-Spanish cross-cultural year finishes in Madrid

On December 5, the gala concert of the ballet dancers from Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater and St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theater in Teatro Real de Madrid will close the Russian-Spanish cross-cultural exchange year. The concert will be attended by the Spanish royal couple and Russia’s First Lady Svetlana Medvedeva.

On December 5, the gala concert of the ballet dancers from Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater and St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theater in Teatro Real de Madrid will close the Russian-Spanish cross-cultural exchange year. The concert will be attended by the Spanish royal couple and Russia’s First Lady Svetlana Medvedeva. 

The final of the Russian-Spanish year is like a mirror reflection of its start. In early 2011, the company of Teatro Real de Madrid performed one of its best opera productions in the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, and the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg hosted a marvelous exhibition of 60 masterpieces from Madrid`s main Prado museum.

Now it is vise versa - the stage of the Teatro Real de Madrid welcomes the companies of Russia’s two most renowned theaters while the Prado museum is hosting the collection of the Hermitage.

“The cooperation between the Prado and the Hermitage should be taken as an example of diplomacy in the field of arts”, the head of the Hermitage Mikhail Piotrovsky says. There is mutual trust between our museums and we share the understanding of “a single family” where people support each other, he says:

"It is very important when we say that the Hermitage in cooperation with Spanish colleagues has prepared Prado’s exhibition in Hermitage and the Hermitage’s exhibition in Prado. We like holding such exhibitions where visitors can learn a lot both about the history of the displayed art items and the history of our museums. In the Hermitage we hosted Prado’s exhibition, which was the largest in our history. Now the collection of our museum is on display in Prado."

This year Russia and Spain have hosted great number events to boost mutual cooperation in science, education, culture and economics. This week residents of Madrid are invited to attend two exhibitions dedicated to the Russian art of the 19th and 20th centuries. Earlier this year, Muscovites had a great opportunity to see Salvador Dali paintings at the Moscow Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. The collection was brought to Moscow from Figueras museum. Apart from Dali paintings Russian art lovers could see the paintings of his artistic successors on the exhibition of the Modern Spanish art. This exhibition is a good way to learn about other Spain, which differs greatly from traditional images of a beautiful flamenco dancer and a toreador attacking a bull, Ekaterina Perventseva, the exhibition’s organizer said in an interview with the “Voice of Russia”:

"As we know, Spain has rich traditions, this is the country of numerous artistic trends. At the exhibition we collected the best and the most interesting items representing different art movements. That is why it is possible to get the full picture of what is going on now in the Spanish art."

Also on December 5, the Russian center of science and culture opened in Madrid.  The opening ceremony was attended by Russia’s First Lady Svetlana Medvedeva. The center in particular offers virtual affiliates of St. Petersburg’s Russian museum and of the reading hall of the presidential library. It also houses vast exhibition space, which has been already occupied by four exhibitions, and a concert hall. Although, the Russian-Spanish cross-cultural exchange year was held amid the economic crisis of the euro-zone this circumstance did not affect the spirit of the Russian-Spanish cultural cooperation.

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