President Putin recommended that the Moscow government name one of the streets of Moscow after the longtime director and president of Pushkinsky, Irina Antonova.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Irina Aleksandrovna. She died on November 30, 2020 and is buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery. On March 20, 2022, on Pokrovsky Boulevard, at the house where Antonova lived, was open memorial plaque (and before that – on the main building of the Pushkin Museum).

Irina Antonova began working at the Pushkin Museum back in April 1945 as a researcher in the Western Department, and in 1961 she became director and led the museum for 52 years. It was thanks to her efforts that the Mona Lisa was exhibited in Pushkinsky for the first time in the USSR, and later large-scale exhibitions were organized, for example, “Moscow – Paris. 1900-1930″ (1981), “Treasures of Troy from the excavations of Heinrich Schliemann” (1996), “Picasso” (2010) and many, many others. In 1977, Antonova proposed the establishment of an International Museum Day, which has since been celebrated annually on May 18th.

By his decree, Putin also instructed the government to establish 13 Antonova personal scholarships for art students majoring in museology and protection of cultural and natural heritage sites and art history.

Photo: Andrey Stenin/MIA Russia Today

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