The 4th National Festival Intermuseum-2002 under the motto ''Museums of
Russia Celebrate the Tercentenary of St. Petersburg'' was organized with
the support of the Governments of St. Petersburg and Moscow and the Russian
Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM). The forum was
to introduce the multifarious activities of museums in and outside Russia
and draw the attention of general public, mass media and business community
to Russia's museums and cultural heritage. Participants included Russian
and foreign museums, galleries, archives, libraries, public foundations
and charities, handicraft companies, art students and individual craftsmen.
The Hermitage stand addressed three topics: the 21st century museum's
information technologies including the Hermitage site's local version,
educational programs and exhibition projects.
As part of the festival, the Russian Union of Museums held its conference
in the Hermitage Theater. Presentations dealt with forthcoming Russian
laws and regulations governing museum activities, draft laws suggested
by the Union and projects of a national museum award and the Union's periodical.
Competition for the title of the Festival's Best Museum was organized
for the first time with awards for Third Millenium Museum, Best Exhibition
Project in 2001-2002, Children at Museum and Advertising as Motive Force
of Museum's Progress. The festival included exhibitions ''ExpoMuseum Equipment
and Technologies for Museums'' and ''21st Century Museum''. The Smolny Cathedral
Hall hosted the exhibition ''Restoration of Russian Museums' Treasures''.
It showed about 400 exhibits introducing the work of Russian restorers.
Hermitage Director Mikhail B. Piotrovsky at the Manege
Conference of the Russian Union of Museums in the Hermitage