The resignation of the director of the Moscow Museum: the third resignation in a row

The director of the Pushkin Museum in Moscow submits her resignation. Observers associate Marina Luchak’s withdrawal with increasing repression against dissenting voices in Russia. That writes Artnet website.

Marina Lushak from Odessa, Ukraine. Her daughter and cousin are both journalists and have been called “foreign agents” by the Putin government. After the invasion of Ukraine, they both fled Russia. Loshack came to Moscow in 1986 and has been the head of the Pushkin Museum since 2013. This is the museum with the largest collection of Western art in Moscow.

“I was a director for ten years,” Lowschack said in a statement. “Now the next person is needed, with new energy, new ideas and new ambitions to continue what others have started.”

Art Biennale cancelled

Loshak’s departure comes nearly a month after Elena Proncheva’s contract with the Tretyakov Gallery was abruptly terminated. She learned about her resignation through the media, and her place was taken by the daughter of a former deputy director of the Federal Security Service. The Tretyakov Gallery contains the largest collection of Russian avant-garde art in the world. The enterprise has been in sight for a long time. In November, the Moscow Art Biennale held at its headquarters just days before the opening was cancelled.

In November, curator Dmitry Ozerkov resigned from the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, where he had worked since 2006. He wrote on his Instagram account that he left because he “didn’t want anything to do with Russia Today.” He made his decision after his manager gave an interview in defense of the “special military operation”.

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