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4 April 2021, 09:02

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The head and staff of the A.N. Scriabin talked about working in the pandemic, returning to the usual format and plans for the future.

The cultural life of the capital is gradually returning to its usual course. The pandemic is receding, and the capital’s museums are already working with might and main in their traditional mode. Nevertheless, the experience of working in conditions of strict quarantine turned out to be so positive that some formats of interaction with the audience, which were introduced as temporary, remained on a permanent basis.

In Bolshoy Nikolopeskovsky Lane there is one of the oldest city museums – the A.N. Scriabin. For 103 years, the creative heritage of the great composer has been collected and studied here. Fascinating excursions, fund and author exhibitions, master classes, lectures, creative meetings, concert programs, color and music performances – all this constituted the usual museum life before the pandemic, which both museum staff and spectators had to rethink in an incredibly short time.

The museum was never afraid of difficulties. During the Great Patriotic War, when an aerial bomb exploded in the Vakhtangov Theater, located opposite, all the glass in the Scriabin Museum flew out. But very soon in one of the museum halls the legendary Bechstein grand piano, which was presented to Alexander Scriabin in the year of moving to Arbat, sounded again.

Last year, the coronavirus made drastic changes to the work of the museum.


The specifics of conducting traditional and online excursions

At the first stage of quarantine restrictions, the main difficulties were associated with the inability to communicate with a live audience. As the guides say, in online excursions, unlike classic ones, you have to choose information analytically, to your taste, since it is impossible to push off from a specific visitor’s question.


Increase interest

If earlier Internet content for virtual self-presentation could be a set of official texts, static images, reporting video content, then during the pandemic this was no longer enough. As a result, the museum has prepared many new formats, and this was very positively received by the audience.

Denis Khorov, head of the department of creative projects, notes that during the pandemic, the number of museum subscribers in social networks has sharply increased:


Currently, the museum continues to maintain open sections during the restrictions. At the same time, work with visitors was resumed in the traditional format.

“Now the museum sector is in dire need of information, technical and virtual updating in order to expand its presence in the Internet space. The museum should introduce and use new ways of communicating with the audience, with an emphasis on the dynamics, visibility and accessibility of the product being created. To be in continuous contact with visitors is one of the main tasks for the museum today, ”Denis Khorov is sure.

Plans for the future

The plans of the museum are grandiose. Of course, they are primarily associated with the composer’s upcoming jubilee. Indeed, next year the entire musical world will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Alexander Scriabin.

“We, as the only museum of the composer not only in Moscow, not only in Russia, but throughout the entire planet, must be the engine, the coordinator of all upcoming events. And when the visitors returned to the museum, we began to gradually bring them to this significant date on an increasing basis. Museum staff with trebled energy present new exhibition and excursion projects, music festivals, collaborations of musicians, actors, media artists. Already now we have a lot of interesting things, and there is even more to come ”, – Alexander Lazarev shares his plans.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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