Managing Director of Gazprom EP International Andrey Fick and General Director of the State Hermitage Mikhail Piotrovsky signed a letter of intent focusing on enhanced interaction between the two sides to preserve cultural heritage, and on cultural cooperation.
The cooperation agenda envisages a great number of work-streams that encompass helping the State Hermitage develop their exhibition and restoration activities, supporting science-popularizing programs, and encouraging projects on cultural education outside Russia by organizing events, lectures, and workshops aimed at promotion of the Russian culture, traditions, and values.
“Our mission to represent the Gazprom Group across the world has extended to representing the entire country, and we are always eager to share our rich culture, traditions, and arts with our international partners. Now this has become easier thanks to cooperation between Gazprom EP International and the State Hermitage, Russia’s largest art museum — the ‘heart’ of the country’s art life,” Andrey Fick said during the signing ceremony.
Later this year, the State Hermitage, supported by Gazprom EP International, will open an exhibition called ‘Sound of a Beautiful Past. Russian Porcelain from the Hermitage’ in the Vietnam National Museum of History in Hanoi. To a certain extent, this project attempts to give a new meaning to the milestones of porcelain manufacturing in Russia. Curators will resort to unique exhibiting techniques so that porcelain pieces fully demonstrate a variety of shapes and decor. To this end, they will marry plastic arts and dance moves, painted scenes and theatrical ones, ornamentation and music, among other things. Elements of dance, sound, and image will merge into a single artistic form embodied in porcelain, breathing life into it.
Mikhail Piotrovsky highlighted that “an international exhibition makes it possible to show a genuine dialog of cultures” and curator of the exhibition and keeper of the porcelain collection I.R. Bagdasarova described the concept of the project that brings together items from the storage rooms of the Vietnam National Museum of History and the State Hermitage.
The exhibition comes with an extensive educational program that includes lectures on Russian art and culture, a competition of sketches for porcelain designs, and workshops. The project gathers employees from the State Hermitage, as well as Russian and international artists and performers.
Gazprom EP International is Gazprom's subsidiary specializing in projects on prospecting, exploring, and developing hydrocarbon fields outside the Russian Federation. The company is currently involved in nearly 40 projects in 17 countries across three continents.
When it comes to energy projects, the Gazprom Group views the Socialist Republic of Vietnam as one of its key partners in the Asia-Pacific. The Company conducts its exploration, power-generation, and LNG projects in Vietnam.