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29.03.2017 - 11: 00

Ethnographic Museum of the Greek Corinth strengthens ties with Russia

Cultural cooperation in cross-year Russia and Greece affected not only major museums, but also regional and allowed to acquaint the residents of both countries with the ordinary people's life, told in an interview with RIA Novosti director of the Ethnographic Museum Korinfa Mariya Mex.

According to her, the Ethnographic Museum of Corinth would like to continue sharing with their Russian counterparts.

City of Corinth, located on the Isthmus of Corinth, which connects mainland Greece and the Peloponnese peninsula, is the administrative center of the prefecture of Corinthia. City has close ties with Russia, in September 2015 years Corinth signed an agreement on cooperation with Sevastopol.

The museum cooperation

"In the 2016 year were big cultural exchanges between the major museums in Russia and Greece, but we are taking an exhibition of the Ethnographic Museum in St. Petersburg It was held here in October 2016 years 10 for days..", - he told Mex.

The museum's director noted that the theme of the exhibition was not a classic Russian culture - "music, ballet, Tchaikovsky," and the life of Russians.

"We wanted to show the daily life of Russia as it is, which products generate the peasants, farmers. We'll want to show, because it devoted a considerable part of our museum, and is engaged in ethnography. The exhibition presented the rural life of Russia, Russian regions in comparison with rural life in Greece, "- Mex said.

"In addition, we have three days were various activities in cooperation with the Embassy of Russian, Greek-Russian association" Friendship "from the city of Loutraki, the coordinating council of Russian compatriots in Greece and, of course, with the authorities of Corinth" - Mex said.

According to her, the event was successful.

"Everything went very well and we were supported by the Greek-Russian society Patras They came here and showed dancing, singing..", - said the director.

"With the St. Petersburg museum, we have done a lot. There were lectures. Russian film was shown. We've had a lot of Russian-speaking visitors, who live here, who learned about the Greek life and relations with Russia. People who had never visited us during events the ethnographic Museum of St. Petersburg learned about our museum, we learned more about the country that receives them, "- said Mex.

"Great Greek museums, such as the Byzantine, the Acropolis Museum and others - has long been cooperating with Russia, but such a small museum like ours, it took a tremendous amount of work We have sent proposals to the Ministry of Culture of Greece, it has sent a request to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs contacted.. Embassy of Russia, and only then, the Russian Ministry of culture sent a request to the country's museums, the St. Petersburg Museum of Ethnography, and so we started our cooperation ", - said Mex.

She noted that for any exchange of the museum requires a very big process, but in the year 2016 hold it easier, because Russian and Greek leaders signed a special memorandum, particularly concerning cultural exchanges in the cross year.

"It is a great relief, because there are always problems with customs clearance of cultural values ​​It requires huge expenses when there is an agreement between the two countries, things are easier.." - Mex said.

"We are interested in such cooperation and it wants the two sides, but it is a question of political will.." - she said.

According to her, the exchange of exhibitions is expensive. "For example, transportation of exhibition objects from the airport Athens to Corinth Museum (about 80 km) worth 3 thousand euros We do not even talk about transportation from Moscow or St. Petersburg to Athens -. It is very different numbers," - said Mex, adding that Now in the museum plans new foreign exchanges do not.

"The Gingerbread Man" for Greek children

However, for co-operation, there are other possibilities: in the International Children's Book Day show Russian fairy tale in the Ethnographic Museum.

"Soon, 1-2 April celebrated International Children's Book Day. This year, Russia will be an honorable country and sponsor. The decision to adopt an international organization of a children's book of IBBY. Russia won the right to create a poster and a message to the international day of children's books, which will be . translated into other languages, we will be celebrating the international Children's book day, in collaboration with the municipality of Corinth and the society of friendship between Russia and Greece in Loutraki "- Mex said.

According to her, 1 April will be presenting in the theater of Corinth and the Ethnographic Museum.

"We have a Russian-speaking children will play a theatrical performance based on the story" The Gingerbread Man, "will sing songs in Russian. The children come to us with their parents. Here they will be able themselves to blind Bun, come home, bake it and eat it. We'll have Russian in the museum tea with a samovar, a different Russian sweets, bagels for Greek children fairy tale will be translated into Greek, "-. Mex said.

She said that the museum would like to cooperate with the Russian organizations, large community which lives in the neighboring town of Corinth Loutraki.

"We are interested in cooperation with the Greek-Russian company" Friendship "and its director Elenoy Ivanovoy, we are interested to do some things together And the voice of society." Friendship "better heard in the city where they live," - said Mex .

Organization of cooperation with Russian help and the municipality of Corinth.

Ethnographic Museum

Speaking about the museum, Mex noticed that he was not as big as most Greek museums, and it is connected with the history.

"Ethnographic Museum of St. Petersburg - a very big museum, and in comparison with the Greek simply huge. Even the Acropolis Museum is not so big. Museums abroad started for other purposes and in other reality. In Greece, they are open to the needs of others, they have started to work much later. In Greece, the first museum was opened in the year 1829 in Aegina thanks to Ioannis Kapodistrias (the first ruler of an independent Greece, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia). In France, the museum existed from the XVI century. It is clear that we had other historical conditions: in Greece were the Turks, it was necessary to rid the country. The whole XIX century Greece liberated parts of their territories from the Turks. Then there were the Balkan Wars, World War I, World War II "- Mex said.

According to her, in Greece there were no conditions for the creation of large museums.

"Our museum: ethnographic, archaeological - small because they were founded as private. This is not engaged in the state, as in other countries. It did philanthropists, they are collected and then donated the collection to the state, such as the Benaki family, and now Benaki Museum, many countries may envy in Athens. So it is an ethnographic museum in Corinth. It was founded in Alkmini Petropulu 1976 year. She collected old Greek furniture, costumes, decorations, create your own collection. At his own expense, and she built a museum building in the early 1980-ies ", - he told Mex.

In the collection there are items donated by other benefactors.

Asteris Kovadzhis writer who worked in the Greek Embassy in London, assembled furniture Greek masters of the XVIII and XIX centuries, and old books from the XV century, in Latin and English. According to the director of the museum, Greek masters in XVIII and XIX centuries lived throughout Europe. After the writer's death his family donated books and furniture museum.

Almost two floors are reserved for national jewelry and clothing, which is different in different regions of Greece, color, decoration, detail. Clothing residents of Corinth comes from the Byzantine Empire, and in the islands, which has been developed by trade, clothing richer: the men brought their wives expensive materials. The collection is not only the clothes worn by men and women in the villages, but also urban, apparel nascent bourgeois class. They are unique and luxurious silver jewelry, with the XVIII-XIX centuries were kept in the family and donated to the museum.

Every year the museum is visited by three thousand children from different schools in the region. In addition to lectures about Greek customs, the museum holds an exhibition of children's works.

"Our activities are designed not only for young children and students, but also to adults. We also cooperate with other museums in our region, such as the Museum of Nature in Stimfalia where is the famous lake, we make great programs for adults on acquaintance with the edge, where they live, so that there is around us "- said Mex.

"We are interested in the fact that the residents of our city, especially the Greeks, but also Russian, Lebanese, and Syrians know more about our region", - said the director.

A source: RIA News

Author: Gennady Melnik

Tags: Greece, Museum, Culture, Society, Russia

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