A Cultured Country
As part of this programme, the Bank supports Russia’s principal cultural institutions and their new projects (major exhibitions at Russia’s leading museums; theatre productions; federal theatre show tours), art associations, and channels promoting cultural values (TV and film producers). The programme gives priority to projects that help achieve Russia’s strategic objectives for 2024 envisaged by a national project called Culture.
In 2019, VTB took part in implementing 77 cultural projects.
VTB focused on working together with theatres, 2019 being the Year of Theatre in Russia. The Bank supported the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre, Boris Eifman Ballet Theatre, Yevgeny Vakhtangov Theatre, Oleg Tabakov Theatre, and Pyotr Fomenko Workshop Theatre. VTB-sponsored performances drew a total of over 66,000 theatregoers. In particular, the Bolshoi Theatre’s new production of Giselle had a total audience of 7,500. The premiere was prepared by Alexei Ratmansky, one of the most famous choreographers of our time. His team seeks to combine the grace and virtuosity of classical dance with the technology available to actors today. The Alexandrinsky Theatre staged The Pygmalion Effect, a new tragicomedy ballet from the artistic director and choreographer Boris Eifman. A total audience of more than 9,000 enjoyed his choreographic interpretation of the Greek mythological tale, taking a fresh look at the intricate relationship between art and life.
In 2019, VTB Bank supported the 39th international music festival Sviatoslav Richter’s December Nights: Walks with Thomas Gainsborough. The festival is unique in that it builds on the idea of synthesising fine art, music, words, theatre, and dance. The 2019 programme featured English music played by the world’s leading musicians. The event took place at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, which we support as the general sponsor.
In 2019, VTB Bank continued to work together with the MusicAeterna Orchestra led by Theodore Currentzis. The Bank took part in organising a series of concerts in Saint Petersburg (the St. Petersburg State Academic Capella) and Moscow (the Moscow Conservatory and Zaryadye Park). The concerts had a total audience of 7,000. Their original approaches to performing classical pieces are making an important contribution to the formation of modern musical culture.
| A Retrospective of Ilya Repin’s work |
|300+ paintings from 35 collections||601|
| Ilya Repin: The 175th Birth Anniversary |
State Russian Museum
|250+ paintings and drawings||300|
| Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, and the School of London |
Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
|80 paintings and drawings||113|
| Avant-Garde: List No. 1; The 100th Anniversary of the Museum of Pictorial Culture |
New Tretyakov Gallery, Krymsky Val
|250+ exhibits: paintings, drawings, sculptures, archive documents, and books||76|
| Guests from Naples: Artemisia Gentileschi and Her Contemporaries |
Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
|Judith Slaying Holofer-nes by Artemisia Gen-tileschi; Angel with Dice and the Holy Tunic by Simon Vouet; Saint Agatha by Francesco Guarino; and their contemporaries||76|
| A Forgotten Russian Patron: The Collection of Count Pavel Sergeevich Stroganov |
State Hermitage Museum, the Winter Palace
|140+ exhibits: paintings, sculptures, photos, watercolours, and books||64|
| Union of Youth: Russian Avant-Garde in 1909–1914 |
Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre
|80 paintings by 35 artists||62|
|Leonardo and the Madonna Litta Poldi Pezzoli Museum, Milan||Madonna Litta by Leonardo da Vinci||27|
VTB Group companies also took part in organising cultural events. VTB Bank (Armenia) supported concerts dedicated to the 75th birth anniversary of the Armenian jazzman Levon Malkhasyan. VTB Bank (Georgia) supported the Vaja-Pshavela State Professional Drama Theatre and the Kote Marjanishvili State Academic Drama Theatre and sponsored a concert by the singer Stefane as well as cultural events held by Georgia’s Italian Embassy. VTB Bank (Belarus) signed on as the general partner for the projects Artist and the City (Minsk) and the Civic Art Gallery (Novopolotsk).
VTB Bank believes that creative young people should have an opportunity to develop artistically. For this purpose, the Bank supported the creation of Pushkinsky.Youth, a Pushkin Museum facility for adolescents. The museum now has its own space at the Lopukhin Estate, running all of its youth programmes in a single location. The building houses a research lab, reading room, exhibition area, media library, and lecture, coworking, and relaxation spaces. Programme participants can do research using media library sources, self-study after school, talk, and engage in other beneficial activities.
Given the crucial role that television plays in modern culture, VTB Bank is systematically developing this strategic discipline. In 2019, VTB continued to work together with the Russia-K and VGTRK television networks.