|In 2007, Russia and the world cultural community commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Russian Academy of Arts, a descendant of art school and traditions of the Imperial Academy of Arts and an assignee of USSR Academy of Arts.
The 250th anniversary of the Russian Academy of Arts has been included in the list of anniversaries with whose celebrations UNESCO will be associated in 2006-2007. The jubilee program has included numerous exhibitions and events held in Moscow, St. Petersburg and many regions of Russia; in the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France; in Johannesburg, South Africa; Brisbane, Australia; Tokyo, Japan; Geneva, Switzerland.
The focus of the festivities was the General Assembly of the Russian Academy of Arts in honor of the 250th anniversary of the Russian Academy of Arts in the Hall of Oecumenical Councils of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow on June 15, 2007, which received greetings from President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and Patriarch of Russia Alexi II. At the General Assembly speeches were made by representatives of the President Administration, State Duma, heads of Ministries and Regional Administrations, presidents of foreign Academies of Arts, Russian noted figures of culture.
Among major jubilee exhibitions were: exhibition in Manezh Central Exhibition Hall in Moscow 15 June–27 June, 2007; exhibition in Manezh Central Exhibition Hall in St. Petersburg 10 July– 29 July, 2007; jubilee events in St. Petersburg 17 June, 2007; Academic Art School exhibition in New Manezh exhibition hall in Moscow 16 October–4 November, 2007.
Program of events held in St. Petersburg on November 15-16, 2007 included unveiling ceremony for the monument to sculptor Peter Klodt by academician Vladimir Gorevoy, a meeting and award ceremony in I. Repin St.Petersburg State Academy Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, as well as a conference on problems of modern art education in Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo.
Next year, the Academy’s exhibitions will be on display in Japan, China, France, Spain and the United States. The jubilee events give vivid evidence to pluralism of styles and directions in Russian modern art testifying to the viability and prospects of the Russian Academy of Arts. Artists of the Academy make their best effort to ensure that the Russian school of art will continue to rise to new levels.