The temporary export of art objects has been suspended since the beginning of March, they are planned to be sent to exhibitions in friendly countries from next year
The Ministry of Culture does not issue permits for the temporary export of exhibits from Russia, the press service of the department reported.
“The Ministry of Culture of Russia suspended the temporary issue and temporary export of museum items from the territory of the Russian Federation on March 3rd. The corresponding letter was then sent to all subordinate museums,— RBC was informed in the press service.
They added that the export of art objects to exhibitions in friendly countries will resume from 2023.
The agency clarified that 1,500 exhibits from exhibitions in Europe, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, Oman, and Belarus were returned to Russia. The department, together with other departments, is working to return other Russian exhibits.
The Hermitage announced a moratorium on exhibitions in Europe and the United States until the end of the year. The museum stated that all of its exhibits have returned from exhibitions. The Hermitage recalled that in the 1990s, such a measure was taken in relation to exhibitions inside the country for security reasons.
At the end of May, Mikhail Shvydkoy, the president's special envoy for international cultural cooperation, expressed the opinion that art objects from the Russian museum fund “should stay at home for some time.” In his opinion, now it is better to accept exhibitions than to send exhibits abroad until the situation becomes “calmer”.
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