Today it was announced that the unflagging Irina Antonova – up until this moment the oldest large-museum director in the world and also now the Chief Curator for Moscow’s Museums under the Ministry of Culture – has stepped down from her post at the Pushkin Museum for Fine Arts. It is unclear whether the 91 year old curator will continue to pursue her dream of re-establishing the Museum of New Western Art, a divisive dream at that, as it would return some of the Hermitage’s key treasures – Matisses’ Dance among them – to Moscow.
In her place, the Ministry of Culture has announced the promotion of Marina Loshak, a fine curator who has more than proven herself with ventures like Proun Gallery. At a time when the newly-founded Winzavod was bustling with flash, trash, and mishmash, Proun Gallery set its own standards, with quiet, visually-seductive exhibitions of textiles, postage, or other underexposed wonders. Following her success with Proun, Loshak was appointed as curator for the New Manege, a grand exhibition space just steps from the Kremlin. (She was also one of the minds behind the recently-censored exhibition on the state of feminism in Russia, as part of International Woman’s Day.)
We wish both of these women well with their new positions, and look forward to the changes Loshak could potentially bring about in the Pushkin.