The Faberge Museum held the ceremony of donation of unique items from the personal archive of Prince Felix Yusupov to the State Archive of the Russian Federation.

The Faberge Museum held the ceremony of donation of unique items from the personal archive of Prince Felix Yusupov to the State Archive of the Russian Federation.

The ceremony was attended by Sergei Naryshkin, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Faberge Museum, the Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Andrey Artizov, the head of the Federal Archive Agency, and Viktor Vekselberg, the founder of the Faberge Museum. After the Act of Donation had been signed, the guests had the opportunity to be the first to see the exhibition “History Returned” and get acquainted with unique artifacts. Vladimir Medinsky, the Minister of Culture, Marina Loshak, director of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Mikhail Shvydkoy, special representative of the President of the Russian Federation for international cultural cooperation, Nikolay Tsiskaridze, world-renowned ballet dancer and rector of the Vaganova Academy, Vyacheslav Polunin, famous performance artist and clown, the head of the Big Saint Petersburg Circus were among those who paid a visit to the ceremony.   

 

In his speech Sergey Naryshkin commented on the importance of this event: "Looking at the documents and other items presented at the exhibition, one inevitably thinks of people who owned them once and their destiny. I am sure that many visitors will be enthusiastic to find out more about history of that time, realize motivation of decisions. Studying history, we understand the logic of nowadays events better and draw the moral for the future. It concerns all of us, it concerns every citizen."

Andrey Artizov expressed sincere appreciation of the support provided to the State Archive of the Russian Federation and a worthy continuation of the traditions of Russian patronage: “We were really short of time as we turned for help just several days before the auction. Thanks to the positive decision of Viktor Vekselberg to participate in the auction in Paris, we acquired unique collection for the Imperial archives. I want to assure that these documents and objects will become valuable part of the Imperial collection and will be carefully preserved.”

 

In his turn, Viktor Vekselberg thanked the guests of the ceremony for their support and showed deep gratitude to everyone who was involved into the process of the Archives acquisition and its return to Russia. He also promised the The Link of Times Foundation will continue to bring cultural and historical values back to Russia: “Despite the difficult times, the objectives of the Foundation, defined at the moment of its establishment, will not change. Though the events, reflected in these exhibits are among the most tragic ones in the Russian history, I do believe that our efforts and your attention to our activities will help us to respect and understand history of our country.”

 

The visitors of the Faberge museum will see the returned relics at the temporary exhibition from February, 15 to March, 29, 2015.