Director Marina Loshak is leaving Moscow’s Pushkin State Museum of Tremendous Arts, which she has led for a decade. Born in Ukraine, Odesa, Loshak arrived in Moscow in 1986. She was appointed director of the Pushkin—residence to town’s largest assortment of Western artwork—in 2013, and since then has organized quite a lot of main exhibitions, regularly collaborating with worldwide establishments. Elizaveta Likhacheva, at the moment the director of Moscow’s Shchusev State Museum of Structure, will fill her position.
Losahak’s departure is considered a results of political stress, which has been intensifying in Russia’s artwork world of late. Loshak’s daughter and nephew, each opposition journalists who left the nation after it invaded Ukraine in February 2021, have been branded “overseas brokers” by the Russian ministry of justice. Loshak’s extra government-friendly successor, Likhacheva, was some twenty years in the past employed by a pro-Kremlin youth group, and later labored for Russia’s ministry of the inside, in line with opposition information website Agentsvo.
Loshak’s seeming ouster comes simply weeks after broadly revered artwork historian Zelfira Tregulova was pressured out as director of Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery. Tregulova was succeeded by Elena Pronicheva, the daughter of a high-ranking army official within the Putin administration. Nevertheless, the place Pronicheva had little expertise within the area of artwork previous to assuming management of the Tretyakov Gallery, Likhacheva is alleged to have gained the respect of her friends after assuming management of the structure museum in 2017.
“I used to be the director of the museum for ten years,” mentioned Loshak in an announcement launched by the Pushkin on her departure. “You want the subsequent particular person to return with new vitality, with new ideas, and with new ambitions to proceed what others have began.”