Showcasing Germany in Russia
Throughout the coming year, Germany will be showcasing its strengths to the Russian public under the slogan “Germany and Russia – shaping the future together” with projects in the fields of culture, education, research, politics and business. The Germany Year in Russia was officially launched by Minister of State Pieper in Moscow on 20 June.
The first installation in the Germany Year is something that cannot be overlooked – a giant puzzle of Albrecht Dürer’s “Self-portrait in a Fur Coat” can now be found in Moscow’s Manege Square. The jigsaw covers an area of more than 300m2. Its 1000+ oversized pieces were put together by several hundred enthusiasts. Dürer’s native city of Nuremberg had it made specially for the Germany Year. Minister of State Pieper stressed that the many projects being organized for this Year focused above all on cooperation and exchange: “Working together on a project encourages the partners to get to know each other better and also promotes understanding for the other partner’s point of view.”
Ms Pieper also noted that in addition to presenting Germany as a modern and diverse country, the goal was also to expand and strengthen the relations between Germany and Russia. To this end some 50 projects are currently planned – including a German-Russian film project and a major Joseph Beuys exhibition.
The highlight of the opening of the Germany Year is the joint exhibition “Germans and Russians – 1000 Years of History, Art, and Culture”. On the German side, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation is in charge of the exhibition, which will be shown at the Neues Museum in Berlin from October 2012 in connection with the beginning of the Russia Year in Germany.
The Goethe-Institut Moscow is in charge of the Germany Year in Russia’s project management. The Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations is responsible for the conceptual and financial involvement of the German business community, having assumed the deputy project management role. The core cultural programme is financed with a total of 3.6 million euros from public funds.
Last updated 21.06.2012