High Spanish Awards Were Presented to Zurab Tsereteli and Vasily Tsereteli

The Spanish Ambassador to Russia Luis Felipe Fernandez de la Pena at the award ceremony in his residence in Moscow on May 23, 2012 presented Zurab Tsereteli, the President of the Russian Academy of Arts, People’s Artist of the USSR and Russian Federation, Corresponding Member of the Spanish San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts with the Cross of the Order of the King of Spain “For Civil Services”. The Officer’s Cross of the Order “For Civil Services” was presented to the Executive Director of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Academician of the Russian Academy of Arts Vasily Tsereteli.

The Order For Civil Services was established by the King of Spain Alfonso XIII on June 25, 1926 for the appreciation of “the civic valor shown by Spanish civil servants, as well as distinguished services of Spanish citizens and foreigners to the Spanish State”.

As the Spanish Ambassador has put it at the ceremony, the Spanish King Juan Carlos I by his Decree dated December 20, 2011 awarded this one of the highest Spanish orders to Zurab Tsereteli and Vasily Tseretely for recognition of their outstanding contribution to the strengthening of bilateral relations between Russia and Spain in the field of culture. “Zurab Tsereteli efficiently assists the Spanish Embassy in Moscow in the promotion of cultural ties between the two countries, he maintains fruitful relations with Spanish museums and artists and has devoted a part of his creative work as a sculptor and artist to Spain” – said the Ambassador.

Luis Felipe Fernandez de la Pena has also highly appreciated a big contribution of Vasily Tsereteli to the arrangement of exhibitions of Spanish artists in Russia including those held during Russia-Spain Cross Culture Year 2011.

In Spain there are two sculptural compositions by Zurab Tsereteli: Birth of a New Man monument in Seville (1995) and Victory monument in Marbella (1996). In the courtyard of the Spanish Ambassador’s residence in Moscow stands the author’s replica of his Good Defeats Evil monument in New York (1991).