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Vasilievsky Island, 18th line, 1Saint-Petersburg state Roerich family Museum and Institute occupies mansion built according to the project of architects J. B. Leblond and D. Tresini and known as house of artist and collector Mikhail Botkin, who bought it in 1883 and installed a unique collection of art here. The fact that collection comprised lots of pieces of antique and renaissance art and dozens of Alexander Ivanov’s works contributed to its fame of “museum house”. The collection of Museum and Institute basically includes items kept by Helena Roerich’s niece Lyudmila Mitusova. It is being enriched with collectors’ gifts and materials of research conducted by Museum and Institute as it acts as center for study of creative heritage of Roerich family as well. Surveys in different fields such as history, archaeology, culturology and art history are carried out by Museum employees.

XVI Research and practice international conference «Roerich heritage» (October 7–9)


The XVIth International research and practice conference «Roerich heritage» will be held on October 7–9, 2016. The conference venues are Saint-Petersburg State University, The State Hermitage and St. Petersburg State Roerich family Museum and Institute. The Conference is dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the Northern part of the first Central Asian expedition of N.K. Roerich, the 110th anniversary of appointment of Nicholas Roerich as a director at The Art School of Imperial Society for the encouragement of Arts.

The Programm of VIII International Festival «Sitar in St. Petersburg»

The Programm of VIII International Festival
«Sitar in St. Petersburg»

October 23 – Press conference. General consulate of India in St. Petersburg.
35, Ryleeva str.

October 23 – Festival opening and concert of indian classic music at the White Hall of Sheremetev Palace.
Atish MUKHOPADHYAY (Calcutta, sarod) with Gulfam SABRI (Dehli, tabla), and sitar players from St. Petersburg
34, Fontanka emb.

A meeting with Alexander Gorodnitsky at the Roerich family Museum and Institute

A meeting with scientist, poet and songwriter Alexander Gorodnitsky has been held at the Museum and Institute. Gorodnitsky who being a geophysicist had travelled all over the world and dived many times to ocean bottom, is one of the prominent Russian bards along with Bulat Okudzhava, Alexander Galitch and Vladimir Vysotsky. He is the author of more than 30 books of poems, songs and memoirs and more than one dozen CDs, a laureate of Bulat Okudzhava National Literary Prize, two-time prize winner of the Tsarskoe Selo Prize, an Honoured Science Worker of Russian Federation.

A new permanent display area at the Museum and Institute

A new permanent display area was launched at Roerich Family Museum and Institute in December 2013. The theme of representation there is archaeological and ethnographic research by Nicholas Roerich. There is Roerich’s “Rite of Spring” set design scale model at display. Libretto of this ballet written by I.F. Stravinsky and N.K. Roerich embraces the theme of pagan culture. In his work on costumes Roerich employed Slavic and Finno-Ugric ethnographic motives.

V.A. Gergiev visited the Museum–institute of the Roerichs

On November 26 the Museum–institute of the Roerichs was visited by artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Abisalovich Gergiev.

V International Festival “Sitar in Saint Petersburg” was held from October 26 until October 28

The festival which was held in 2008 for the first time on the initiative of a group of musicians, keen on Indian classical music, received the support of government agencies - the Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg and the Consulate General of India in St. Petersburg soon. Organizing of the festival was under the direct leadership of the Museum–institute of the Roerichs. The first festival was attended by musicians from Russia, the near abroad countries. "Sitar in St.

Concert of the inmates of the Charitable fund “Open World”

On October 12, 2012 in the exhibition hall, where the exhibition "Golenischev-Kutuzovs. Military valour and creative genius" is being held now, a concert of inmates of the Charitable Fund "Open World" was held. President of the Fund is ballerina Ekaterina Shchelkalova, a graduate of the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet and until recently the soloist of American Ballet Theatre. The fund was established to promote the Russian ballet school and direct its energies to development of creative aptitude of children deprived of parents’ care.

Guest performances of the State Historical Museum

Unique example of cooperation between museums was demonstrated by the Moscow State Historical Museum and St. Petersburg Museum–institute of the Roerichs. From 11 to 13 of October at the Museum–institute of the Roerichs the interactive games for children and adults were held, these games were prepared and brought by the employees of the Moscow Museum.

XII International theoretical and practical conference “Roerichs’ Heritage”

On October 9-11 in St. Petersburg the XII International theoretical and practical conference "Roerichs’ Heritage", dedicated to the 1150th anniversary of the Russian state, was held. The conference was held in the year of the 110th anniversary of the birth of G.N. Roerich and during the celebration of the 138th anniversary of the birth of Nicholas Roerich.

Day of old men at the Museum–institute of the Roerichs

Day of old men was held at the Museum–institute of the Roerichs on October 1, 2012. “The Slavic evening” was held this day for the pensioners of the Vasileostrovsky district.

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