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14.07.2014 | Signing of Cultural Cooperation Agreement with the Republic of Khakassia and the opening of the exhibition "Eurasia: space of time and life"

On July 1, 2014 at the IV International Forum «Historico-Cultural Heritage As a Source Of Socio-Cultural Development» (Abakan, Khakassia) the Agreement on Cultural Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Khakassia and MAE was signed by the Head of the Republic of Khakassia Viktor Zimin and Deputy Director of MAE RAS Prof. Efim Rezvan. The agreement opens new possibilities for broad scientific collaboration and cooperation in the field of museology, as well as in the conservation, study and promotion of cultural and historical heritage. On the same day the opening ceremony of the exhibition "Eurasia: the space and time of life" took place. The exhibision is based on photographs of Stepan D. Mainagashev (1886—1920), the creator Khakassian writing and talented ethnographer, turkologist and public figure. Photographs, which together form an encyclopedia of traditional Khakassian culture, became the result of Mainagashev expeditions to Minusinsk and Achinsk districs of Yenisei province with the goal to collect historical and ethnographic, linguistic and anthropological materials. The expeditions were realized in 1913—1914 years with the assistance of the MAE. Pictures and negatives by Stepan D. Mainagashev (now MAE photographic collections Nos 2181, 2287, 2410) are the most significant part of the author's photographs fund on life and manners of Khakassia kept in the MAE. The exhibition "Eurasia: the space and time of life" was organized by Leonid Kyzlasov Khakassian national museum of local history with the assistance of MAE RAS. It is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the ethnographic expedition Stepan Dmitrievich Mainagashev.

30.06.2014 | Scandinavian Readings – 2014

Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the St.-Petersburg Centre for Studies in History and Culture of Scandinavian Countries and Finland (Association for International Cooperation) formally invite you to participate in our 11th conference,“Scandinavian Readings – 2014” to be held St.-Petersburg (Russia) November, 2014.

30.06.2014 | Scandinavian Readings – 2014

Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the St.-Petersburg Centre for Studies in History and Culture of Scandinavian Countries and Finland (Association for International Cooperation) formally invite you to participate in our 11th conference, “Scandinavian Readings – 2014”  to be held St.-Petersburg (Russia) November, 2014.

19.11.2013 | New online catalogue "Alutiit"

Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) Russian Academy of Sciences continues series of projects on publication and provision of wide access for specialist and broader audience to the Museum’s holdings. A new on-line catalogue presents the entire collection of objects from the traditional culture of the Pacific Eskimos contained in the holdings of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The Pacific Eskimos are the indigenous inhabitants of the eastern shore of the Alaska Peninsula, Kodiak Island and nearby islands, and the shore of Prince William SoundUntil 1867, Alaska and a small area in northern California were a part of Russia and known as Russian America, which was later sold to the USA. For over two centuries, the Kunstkamera (named the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography since 1879) received new collections on the peoples of Russian America. The Museum currently stores over 450 items from the traditional culture of the Alutiit Pacific Eskimos. These items were gathered by participants of Russian round-the-world expeditions, employees of the Russian-American Company, and other researchers at a time when the Eskimos’ traditional culture had not yet experienced drastic changes under European influence.

The project was implemented in cooperation with the Alutiit Museum in the city of Kodiak (Alaska, USA), Koniag, Inc. (Alaska, USA), the Chugach Alaska Corporation (Alaska, USA), and with the support of the Consulate General of the USA in St. Petersburg. The result of this work was the 2010 publication of a complete academic catalog (in Russian) of collections related to Eskimo culture at the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography: «Эскимосы Алютиик: каталог коллекций Кунсткамеры», СПб, «Наука». 2010 г.

In 2012, the University of Alaska Press (Fairbanks, Alaska, USA) prepared and published the English-language catalog “The Alutiit/Sugpiat: A Catalog of the Collections of the Kunstkamera” (Fairbanks, University of Alaska Press, 2012).

This online catalog has been completed with the support and cooperation of the Consulate General of the USA in St. Petersburg. The Museum expresses its special gratitude to the Consulate General of the USA in St. Petersburg for support of this project at all stages of its implementation.

18.11.2013 | Exhibition “In the Mirror of Time: Dialogue of Cultures in the Russian world” opened in Budapest

In November 7—18, 2013 the Russian Cultural Center in Budapest (Hungary) presented the exhibition “In the Mirror of Time: Dialogue of Cultures in the Russian world” by Prof Efim Rezvan, MAE RAS Deputy Director.

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CELESTIAL BOAT. Chinese Mechanical Toy
The World of an Object

As early as the 3rd century B.C. Qin Shi-huang, establisher of the Chinese Empire, attending to endless longevity was time after time sending expeditions to the distant seas looking for the islands haunted with the celestial immortals: people - rulers of the time, elements and wonderful creatures, - in pleasure of eternity sailing the seas by unseen boats resistant to any storms. By celestial boats.

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