Kitchener, ON – THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener is pleased to announce a new cultural exhibition, A Russian Accent, to run January 11th – April 21st, 2014. As a part of THEMUSEUM’s efforts to present diverse voices and fresh cultural content from around the globe, this exhibition will give THEMUSEUM the opportunity to share Russian culture with its visitors. While the exhibition will be open to school groups, Museum members and the public beginning January 11th, the official opening will take place on January 22nd.
Collaborating with the Embassy of the Russian Federation to Canada in Ottawa and the Russia Federation Consul General in Toronto, the exhibition is timed to complement the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
“We are very pleased to be supporting THEMUSEUM in their efforts to share Russian culture with Canadians. Their focus on traditional and modern Russia, and children, is very inspiring and appropriate to happen in the year Russia will celebrate the Olympics,” said Igor Girenko, Embassy of the Russian Federation, Ottawa.
The exhibition will bring together key elements of contemporary life in Russia with pieces relating to the arts, sports, and space exploration. It will also feature 50 photographs of the arctic expedition, ‘From Russia to Canada The Marine Live-Ice Automobile Expedition’ taken by Russian and Canadian photographers Afanassi Makovnev and Michelle Walberg.
“As neighbours who share the arctic we applaud and thank THEMUSEUM, a young but dynamic organization, intent on teaching and connecting children with other cultures” said Vladmir Pavlov - Consul General, The Russian Federation Toronto.
Programming for all ages will complement the exhibition and THEMUSEUM is currently reaching out to establish local partnerships during the run of the exhibition. In addition, THEMUSEUM is working with supporting partners, the Federal Agency for Tourism of the Russian Federation and Canadian Gateway to present a group trip to Russia in the summer of 2014.
In a separate, attached release, one such complementary component is described – Legacy –a thirty-foot life-sized orca whale skeleton replica will be on display as a reminder of the connection of the water between Russia and Canada.
“We really want to capture the best of Russia’s culture, which has always been both fascinating and distant for us here in Canada,” explains David Marskell, THEMUSEUM’s CEO. “One of the most interesting aspects of this exhibition is the link between Canada’s north and Russia’s northern regions in terms of the rich, distinct culture of the northern indigenous communities.”