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Bust of the First St. Petersburg Governor Aleksandr Danilovich Menshikov Opened

On 15 November, 2002 the ceremony of official opening of the bronze bust of the first St. Petersburg Governor Aleksandr D. Menshikov took place in front of the Menshikov Palace.

The idea of the monument first occurred a few years ago to members of the Prince Clarissimus Aleksandr Danilovich Menshikov Foundation who commissioned it from the renowned St. Petersburg sculptor Mikhail Konstantinovich Anikushin. The idea of the bust suggested by the sculptor was embodied after his death by his widow Maria Timofeyevna Litovchenko-Anikushina.

The project of erecting a monument to the first Governor of St. Petersburg was coordinated by the Regional Foundation for Architectural Art (Director V.A. Sivakov). Founded in 1998, the Foundation designs and implements city planning projects and creates monuments in St. Petersburg (one of the latest commemorating women of the antiaircraft defense during the Siege of Leningrad was opened in Petrogradskaya Storona). Casting was performed by the Studio of Denis Gochiyayev. This workshop of hereditary foundry workers cooperated with Mikhail K. Anikushin during his lifetime.


The Prince Clarissimus Aleksandr Danilovich Menshikov Foundation

The not-for-profit charity commemorating Aleksandr D. Menshikov was founded in May 1995 in the village of Berezovo, Khanty-Mansiysky Autonomous Area. The Foundation organizes and finances research and publications related to the life and activities of Aleksandr A. Menshikov and Russian history in general. For example, the Foundation financed a brochure about the Menshikov Palace (written by N.V. and Ye.A. Kalyazin), the book The Menshikov Family in the History of Russia and others. The Foundation assisted in financing the restoration of the Menshikov Palace interiors (1998). On its part the Menshikov Palace provides research and other support to the Foundation.

 


Georgy V. Vilinbakhov, Deputy Director Research of the State Hermitage Museum at the ceremony


Bust of the First St. Petersburg Governor Aleksandr Menshikov
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St. Petersburg Governor Vladimir A. Yakovlev at the ceremony


 

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