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Governor of the Moscow Region Andrey Vorobyov, together with Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Museum-Estate “Arkhangelskoye” Dmitry Kozak and Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Olga Lyubimova, opened the “Botanical Greenhouses” complex at the Museum-Estate “Arkhangelskoye”. The event was also attended by Andrey Molchanov, President of the National Association of Builders, General Director of LSR Group, and Vadim Zadorozhny, Director of the Arkhangelskoye Estate Museum.
“We all perfectly understand how important a park is for a person, the opportunity to relax with family, with loved ones, play sports or enjoy something high. And today, when we entered the museum-estate, we met the residents, talked with them – everyone is happy, satisfied, they have a positive mood. I remember what we started here with and I see what is now – these are two big differences, – Andrey Vorobyov said. – Our task is to improve interesting historical places in each territory of the Moscow region. I want to thank a huge number of people who are not indifferent, who help us, thank you, Dmitry Nikolaevich Kozak, for inspiring us all. Today we see a park full of people. Of course, we will focus on what else needs to be added – they say that it is difficult to get into a restaurant here, especially on a day off. Maybe we should think about it – our small and medium-sized businesses are able to provide very high quality services. There shouldn’t be any barriers here.”
“Arkhangelsk” was famous for its greenhouses even under the Golitsyns. And Prince Nikolai Borisovich Yusupov gave the botanical economy a truly grand scale. Rare plants were bought up everywhere, greenhouses and greenhouses were built in different parts of the estate, a botanical garden was laid out near the village. In summer, trees in tubs were taken out of the greenhouses into the park and placed along the perimeter of the front courtyard in front of the palace. In the center they put a large orange, as in Versailles.
The existing greenhouses were gradually expanded and new greenhouses were built. Among them is Botany, which included the Cold Conservatory “21 sazhens long and 14 arshins wide.” And also – two greenhouses on the sides, Palm and Eric greenhouses opposite.
And now, almost two centuries later, the Cold greenhouse and greenhouses of Botanica are recreated on the old foundations. A modern exhibition hall, a film lecture hall and a cafe appeared here.
“I want to thank Olga Borisovna Lyubimova, the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, who carried out restoration work on more than 20 architectural structures over the course of several years. As well as Andrey Yuryevich Vorobyov – the Moscow Region has recreated, one might say, the “killed” engineering infrastructure. Today the museum is in demand, the number of visitors is increasing – in three years it has increased by 1.5 times. Now we have the opportunity to finance not only from the budget, but also from extrabudgetary sources. This is very important,” said Dmitry Kozak. “Today we opened the final object of our museum development program, the Botanical Greenhouse, which has a 200-year-old appearance.”
Dmitry Kozak, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Arkhangelskoye Estate Museum, also thanked Andrey Molchanov for the implementation of the project.
The museum in Arkhangelsk was opened on May 1, 1919. In 2017, by decree of the President of the Russian Federation, it was given the status of a particularly valuable object of the cultural heritage of Russia. Today it is a multifunctional estate complex for different audiences. Multimedia exhibitions, walking routes, souvenir shops and restaurants are organized here.
The structure of the “Arkhangelsk” includes 40 objects, including the famous architects Beauvais and Klein. The museum funds contain about 64 thousand items. The collection is based on painting, sculpture, furniture, porcelain, bronze, lighting fixtures, books, as well as glassware, fabrics, rare household items, photographic documents. About 500 thousand residents and guests of the Moscow region visit the museum-estate annually.
At the expense of the Moscow Region, work was carried out to create a high-quality infrastructure not only in the estate itself, but also in the settlement of the same name. So, on the territory of the museum complex, landscaping took place, heating networks, hot water supply, lighting, external sewerage and water supply networks were reconstructed. And in the village of Arkhangelsk, a VZU and 2 sewage pumping stations were overhauled.
The plans for 2022-2024 include the 2nd stage of the reconstruction of water supply and sanitation networks in the estate, as well as the modernization of the boiler house with an increase in capacity to 60 MW, heating networks, hot water supply and a central heating point in the village.
Last year, work was completed to repair the road from the point of Ilyinskoye Highway – Arkhangelskoye to the former Kosyginskiye dachas. The roadway was widened, the asphalt concrete pavement was replaced and a parking space for almost 100 cars near the Estate Museum was equipped.
Arkhangelskoye is one of the most famous and majestic estates in Russia, a masterpiece of palace and park art of the 18th-19th centuries. Today, the estate museum is in the top 30 most visited federal museum institutions in the country: in 2021, more than half a million people visited Arkhangelskoye. It is very important that, along with this, excursion activity is also growing: almost 3,000 excursions were conducted in 2021, which is about one and a half times more than in 2018,” said Olga Lyubimov.
Especially for the opening of the “Botanical Greenhouses” in the multimedia hall of the Museum-estate, an exhibition “Gardens of Arts. Metamorphosis”. It is dedicated to the rich historical past of this place and at the same time is a look into the future. The project intertwines different timelines, museum artifacts are presented through painting, graphics, sculpture and objects of contemporary authors. Each work has a QR code, pointing at which, you can get interesting information.
“I am from St. Petersburg, the Yusupovs are also from there. I was pleased to join the culture and do what the Yusupovs did in Moscow. I am a person passionate about art, and a team of like-minded people on the board of trustees helped me a lot, – said Andrey Molchanov. – I am grateful to the builders, this is a complex object. Without the joint work of all those present here, it would be impossible to recreate it, a lot of approvals had to be obtained. A large number of professional people are involved in the work, who have put their souls into it. Thanks to them, residents of not only the Moscow region, but the whole of Russia will be able to enjoy being here.”
The film lecture hall at the Botanical Greenhouses was opened by a large-scale program of screenings of author’s films, lectures, discussions and meetings. In the summer, a festival of Italian comedies, broadcasts of performances, opera and ballet, performances by experts on the theme of the masterpieces of the Arkhangelsky museum collections are planned here. Presentation of Russian video art in the format of open portfolio meetings will become a separate area of cinema space.
Cafe is a mix of popular modern concepts. The interior has semantic associations with greenhouses and “environmental friendliness”, and the menu focuses on healthy and wholesome food.
“This space is open now in its primary form – you can come and see and get the first emotions. And then it will begin to work in various guises. It will be a platform free for creativity, so that artists, especially young ones, can exhibit here and show their ideas. Inside the old classical art, we create a platform for new art. This is the testament of Zinaida Nikolaevna Yusupova, so that this is the place that should give emotions, serve art, ”said Vadim Zadorozhny.