Online exhibitions and live broadcasts: Intermuseum festival

May 27

Moscow museums affiliated with the capital’s Department of Culture are inviting people to join them online for the XXII International Festival Intermuseum-2020. This year it’s taking place online for the first time due to the coronavirus-related restrictions.

The festival will take place on 27-29 May, with almost 400 museums from Russia and other 20 countries, such as the US, Great Britain, France, Germany and Australia taking part. There are over 100 business events for museum workers and over 70 other free events s suitable for all tastes.

“When it comes to museums Moscow is a world leader in their number, with90 out of the 450 controlled by the city. They organise about 1,500 exhibitions annually, starting from children’s drawings to such things as an installation of Yoko Ono. Every year we try to show the rich diversity of themes, approaches and collections at the Intermuseum’s Moscow stand. This year both the stand and the programme moved to a digital format. However, we tried to make all the events interesting for museum workers as well as for those who like to spend their leisure time in museums,” said Mosgortur Director Inna Golubeva.

The online stand of the Moscow museums will represent 30 platforms. This year the main theme of the festival, Peacekeepers, is dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory, so museums are describing how they operated during the Great Patriotic War. The online exhibition can be found on the Intermuseum’s website. There will also be other free events online.

Festival fans will find out how employees of the Darwin Museum worked during the Great Patriotic War. For example, founders of the museum Alexander Kots and Nadezhda Ladygina-Kots gave over 700 lectures at Moscow hospitals. Their workers regularly sent packages to the front and showed films for children in the museum’s basement during air raids.


Photo: Moscow’s Main Archive

The Museum of Moscow is holding an exhibition titled, City and the War, showing over 100 letters, documents, journals and photos. Several museums have prepared special online events. The Museum of Cosmonautics will go live twice. Cosmonaut Alexander Laveikin, Hero of the Soviet Union, will speak about his father Ivan Laveikin, ace pilot and Hero of the Soviet Union. He fought at the frontline from the very beginning of the war and is considered a prototype of Maestro in the film Only Old Men Are Going into Battle.

The Museum of the Defence of Moscow will hold a workshop on watercolours for children, Drawing Victory. The detailed schedule and how to register can be found on the festival’s website.

The Moscow Department of Culture together with Mosgortur will hold three panel discussions.

The festival will conclude with the results of a contest to find and praise the best museum practices. Museums have presented last year’s projects in four categories: Educational Activities, Working with Special Audiences, Research and Restoration and Interregional Cooperation. The prize fund totals 2.3 million roubles. The jury has examined 180 entries from Russian museums. There are several Moscow museums among the finalists: the Museum of Cosmonautics, the Tsaritsyno Museum Reserve and the Darwin Museum. Winners will be announced at 6 pm on 29 May.

The Intermuseum International Festival is one of the most important events of the year. For a long time now, it has been promoting the work of museums and images of traditions, new trends, practices and technologies used nowadays. It was founded and organised by the Russian Ministry of Culture.

Although it’s impossible at the moment to actually go and pay visits to many places, Moscow’s cultural life continues online. City libraries, museums, galleries, parks and many other cultural platforms are showcasing their programmes for those who have to stay at home. has launched a special project, Moscow Culture Online, for the most interesting events. The project includes dozens of concerts, performances, tours, lectures and light shows.

In addition to this, the Committee on Tourism and some of the city’s cultural platforms has launched the #Москвастобой project (Moscow with you). It streams permanent and temporary exhibitions at various museums online


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