Cultural Bridge: From Past to Future

The exhibition “Cultural Bridge: From Past to Future” opened in Moscow.

The display in the Schusev State Museum of Architecture will work from the 18th of September till the 5th of November.

The ceremonial opening of the exhibition “Cultural Bridge: From Past to Future” took place on the 17th of September, on Monday, in the Schusev State Museum of Architecture.

“Archaeology is an opportunity to get to know something about our past using and searching for artifacts related to civilizations which do not already exist. I am vary glad to show the items that have been found in the really accidental discoveries. I am happy that the large infrastructure projects that have been recently implemented in the Russian Federation are preceded by archaeological surveys. This allows for saving the monuments that would be lost otherwise. And this is of special importance for me that these monuments are becoming available for people,” the Director of Museum, Yelizaveta Likhacheva, said.

The Chairman of the Russian Historical Society, Sergey Naryshkin, also sent his greetings to the event planners and participants. According to Mr. Naryshkim, the propagation of this valuable heritage and modern attainments of archaeologists, is the main task of the anniversary year. He added that the discoveries often occurred during building of the large-scale infrastructure objects.

“My greetings to participants, planners and guests of the ceremonial opening of the exhibition “Cultural Bridge: From Past to Future”. In the nearest future, we will celebrate the 100 anniversary of the Russian academic archaeology. By the efforts of several generation of scientists, Russia has got the authoritative archaeological school which famous traditions inspire due respect all over the world The today’s exhibition that opens new chapters of the history of the ancient Black Sea region serves as an illustrative sample thereof. I am sure that it will become a dramatic event in the cultural life of Moscow,” Mr. Sergey Naryshkin said.

The Minister of Culture of the RF, Vladimir Medinsky, expressed his gratitude to archaeologists, scientists and commercial structures and noticed that this was a good example of the public and private partnership.

“In the course of the infrastructure development of our country, especially in the road construction and utilities laying, our land discovers absolutely amazing secrets of the history. It is the case of the work of the professional archaeologists whose attention is drawn to the Russian Railways and the Federal Grid Company, in fact, it allows to think outside the box of the history of Russia, especially, the history of our South – Black Sea region, Northern Caucasus, and Crimea where the destinies of many civilizations have become woven together,” Mr. Vladimir Medinsky said to the journalists.

“These items have recently fallen into the hands of the archaeologists. To some extent, we may say that these are the accidental discoveries but to a greater extent, this is a brainchild of our scientists. When we see these items in the cases, we understand the scope of archaeological studies conducted in our country. This work was preceded by long-term negotiations and very difficult managerial solutions, and this is always a search for compromise between the constructors and archaeologists,” the Director of the Institute of Archaeology of the RAS, Nikolay Makarov, emphasized during the ceremonial opening of the exhibition.

About Exhibition

The display that will be available for the public from the 11th of September till the 5th of November is devoted to the history and archaeology of the south regions of Russia. The visitors for the first time will see the archaeological discoveries found in the recent years in the area of construction of railway and power lines in the territory of the Southern Federal District. The main part of the exposition will be the artifacts of different ages and cultures found as a result of archaeological protective and rescue efforts and studies of tens of grave mounds and settlements.

Also, the clothes of different ages and cultures inhabiting the territory of the Southern Federal District will be shown at the exhibition. The exposition is organized by the chronological principle of cultures interchangeability – from  the Bronze Age till the Middle Ages. “The guests of Museum will be able to see not only the items, but also the modern study methods in archaeology, the process of restoration and 3D reconstruction of artifacts,” the event planners notice.

The project “Cultural Bridge: from Past to Future” is a part of the comprehensive educational program that, particularly, includes the lectures of the leading specialists-archaeologists. Special course of interactive lectures on the history of Russia and world history will be organized for children. In the frameworks of the exposition, a program for disabled visitors is also provided – Braille typed labels and casts of individual exhibit items.

Event planners: Tavolga Foundation, ENERGOTRANSPROEKT Group, Omsk Metalwork Plant.

General Partner: Russian Railways OJSC


Information Partner: Cultural and Educational Center ARCHE

Funded by:

The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation

The Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation

Institute of Archaeology of the RAS

Cultural and Educational Center ARCHE

Schusev State Museum of  Architecture