Medina congratulated Antonova anniversary at her work place in the Pushkin Museum

MOSCOW, March 20./TASS/. The Minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky congratulated President of the State Museum of fine arts. Pushkin (Pushkin) Irina Antonov, which celebrates its 95th anniversary, in the workplace.


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“Irina Alexandrovna is a rare example of a man who devoted himself to his favorite occupation and has achieved perfection in it. She made a profession of the head of the Museum is not just prestigious, but playing at the level of heads of state and largely contributed to the high status of the Pushkin Museum. Her name and brand of the Pushkin Museum, in fact, become inseparable,” – said the Minister TASS.

Antonov in the morning held a meeting of the academic Council and made a presentation about his vision of the development of the Museum, where she works for 72 years, 52 of which Director . Irina wanted the birthday celebration was not just her, so the Museum staff gave flowers, and the Museum today has become a real greenhouse – so large number of bouquets from friends and colleagues. Among those who personally came to congratulate the President of the Pushkin Museum – head of the Tretyakov gallery Zelfira Tregulova, Bakhrushin Museum Dmitry Rodionov, Museum of Oriental art, Alexander Sedov, as well as the artist Grigory Bruskin and choreographer Vladimir Vasiliev.

Also on this day the Museum hosted the concert “an Hour of Richter,” in memory of Sviatoslav Richter, with whom Antonov came up with the festival “December nights” was born in the same day.

Being not only a Museum but also a public figure, since 1992 Antonov an honorary member of the International Council of museums. She is the honored art worker of Russia, academician of the Russian Academy of education, member of the Russian Academy of arts, honorary doctor of the RSUH. Is the winner of the State prize of the Russian Federation for the organization of the “December nights”, the winner of the award “Triumph” and “European prize”.

Awarded the order “October revolution”, “Labor red banner”, “For merits before Fatherland” (full cavalier of the order), the French order of the Legion of honor (commander) and the order of Arts and letters (commander), as well as the Italian order “For merits before the Italian Republic” (commander).

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