Moscow‏ museum's nonagenarian inspiration retires as director

2nd Jul 2013

The workaholic woman behind one of Russia's most celebrated cultural sites is retiring - at the age of 91.

No city breaks to Moscow would be complete without a trip to the world-renowned Pushkin Art Museum. It welcomes more than 350,000 visitors every year and ranks alongside the Trans-Siberian railway, The Kremlin and Saint Basil's Cathedral as a major Moscow attraction.

But Russia's cultural minister Vladimir Medinsky has announced that its driving force matriarch, Irina Alexandrovna Antonova, is leaving her post after guiding the institution for 52 years.

The surprise announcement follows the lengthy battle that the Pushkin director has waged to return to Moscow a collection of Impressionist art from Saint Petersburg, where it was sent on Joseph Stalin's orders in the 1940s.

Mr Medinsky called Ms Antonova "a living legend".

Antonova will now act as the museum's specially created position of president.

She thanked her colleagues in a televised meeting, then undertook a tour of the galleries, irritably waving cameramen away from the Titian paintings the museum is exhibiting.

Marina Loshak, curator of various Moscow galleries, replaces Antonova.


< Newer Older >


Tour Spotlight

Aegean Explorer

7 days from USD $1,199

Kicking off in the powerhouse of the Ottoman empire, discover exciting Istanbul, embrace Gallipoli, impressive Roman the...

See full tour itinerary
The On The Go Theatre
Introducing our flexible group tours & tailor-made holidays

WIN A DREAM HOLIDAY FOR 2 ON ONE OF 8 AMAZING TRIPS TO INDIA, SRI LANKA OR NEPAL - ENTER HERE!