QM, Russia’s State Hermitage Museum sign agreementElite
Qatar Museums signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with one of Russia’s most renowned museums, the State Hermitage Museum, during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF 2021).
The MoU outlines the collaboration between both entities on numerous initiatives, including exhibitions, public programmes, workshops, and lectures to foster education, increase access to knowledge, and facilitate research. Both entities will also share museum best practices to benefit from education, professional development, and mutual cooperation.
Speaking at the signing ceremony in St. Petersburg, Ahmad Musa Al Namla, Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Museums, said: “Qatar Museums looks forward to what promises to be a fruitful partnership with the State Hermitage Museum. The initiatives outlined in the MoU will go a long way to further nurturing the cultural landscape in both countries and providing citizens and residents with a culturally enriching experience in which they can expand their knowledge about the respective cultures and traditions.”
Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of the Hermitage Museum, noted, “Today, in a solemn atmosphere at the Economic Forum, we are signing an agreement on cooperation in various fields. Among them is a long-standing area of the study of Islamic art. The holding of reciprocal days is another area: we have conducted the Hermitage Days in Doha, and we will have the Doha Days in Hermitage. Our plans include quite a few exchanges of various exhibitions. Today we have also discussed that we can create a joint project on contemporary art, which is Hermitage’s expert know-how. We also envisage cooperation in archeology. We are already sharing and will continue to share the experience of our restorers. We plan to exchange experience in other areas as well.”
The State Hermitage Museum is the world’s second-largest museum after the Louvre Museum in Paris. Its collection – a must-see for art enthusiasts – contains more than three million items spread over six historic buildings.