A Word from the Director

Mikhail Piotrovsky: “A museum’s success is not measured in visitor numbers.”

Yevgenia LOGVINOVA, Saint Petersburg

Posted on August 1, 2019

The State Hermitage has entered the top ten most visited museums in the world: last year it was visited by 4.4 million people. For 27 years now, it has been headed by Mikhail Piotrovsky, an academician of the Russian Academies of Arts and Sciences, a member of the President’s Council on Culture and Art, a member of the Public Council attached to the State Duma’s Culture Committee, President of the Union of Museums of Russia. [The newspaper] Kultura found out from Mikhail Piotrovsky what sort of people come to exhibitions nowadays, why contemporary art should be shown and whether the Shchukin and Morozov projects have reconciled the Pushkin Museum and the Hermitage.

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