Year of Russian Culture in Greece and Greek Culture in Russia started in Athens
Cooperation between Russia and Greece is very important for Athens.
Not only for our governments, but also for the Russian and Greek people. We should be friends and support each other regardless of the current international climate. Greece is interested in Russian investment, and our entrepreneurs are ready for mutually beneficial cooperation.
The leading museums in Russia and Greece will share unique exhibits beginning with the launch of the “Cross Year” between the two countries.
In regard to culture, a large and rich program has been developed. This exchange program will feature exhibitions from the Hermitage, the Tretyakov Gallery, and performances by the most famous Russian art collectives.
"I believe that the cross cultural year between Greece-Russia is a unique project that reflects the special nature of Russian-Greek relations. Our relationship has always been based on mutual sympathy and deep interest between the Russian and Greek people.
By the way, artists in Russia generally must begin their education by studying the art of ancient Greece. It is no exaggeration to say that Russians and Greeks are united by thousands of bonds - historical, spiritual, cultural, professional, and simply human, "- said Sergei Prikhodko.
The two traditionally friendly countries are united by not only common cultural values, but also rich historical heritage, religion, and a sincere connection between the people. The cross year sets the bar high when aiming to create a strong impetus in bilateral relations.
During a ceremony held at the Athens Acropolis Museum, next to the foot of the famous Parthenon, Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodko, his colleague from the organizing committee for the "cross", and the Minister of Culture and Sports of Greece Aristides Baltas, in the presence of a large number of guests, artists, Greek officials and representatives from various business sectors, exchanged a weighty list of more than 100 upcoming events.
Chief among them will be the exchange of unique exhibits between the museum of the Acropolis in Athens, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, and the State Historical Museum in Moscow.
“"Response" a Greek exhibition titled "Byzantium over the Centuries" will be held at the Hermitage starting June 24th “, said the General Secretary of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Greece Maria Andreadaki-Vlazaki. Furthermore, the State Historical Museum will host “Gods and Heroes of Ancient Greece. Also, to be organized is an exhibition of contemporary Greek art, “Identity and Differences”.
The Scythian Gold exhibit from the Hermitage collection has already opened in the Acropolis Museum, it is an exciting and remarkable event. The "Cross" Year of Greece and Russia proves that our countries, in addition to the strong spiritual ties, exchange the heritage of antiquity.
The exhibition of ancient Greek artifacts in Russia is also a landmark event.
I am sure that our countries will continue the cultural and civilizational cooperation based on strong foundations, foundations of high art, science, and deep mutual respect.