In Moscow opens the exhibition «the Myth of Stradivari»

© AP Photo / Kirsty WigglesworthСкрипка Stradivarius. Archival photoIn Moscow opens the exhibition «the Myth of Stradivari»© AP Photo / Kirsty Wigglesworth

The exhibition «the Myth of Stradivari», which will present masterpieces of the violin masters of the Italian school Antonio Stradivari, Andrea and Nicolo Amati, Giuseppe Guarneri, opens Thursday at the Central Museum of musical culture named after Glinka, the press service of the Ministry of culture of Russia.

The exhibition was prepared by the all-Russian Museum Association of musical culture (the Museum of musical) named after Glinka (Russia), together with the violin Museum (Italy). As said the Executive Director of the violin Museum, President of the Foundation «Friends of Stradivari» Paolo Bodini, quoted in a press-service, this project is «the first event of its kind not only in Russia but throughout Eastern Europe and Asia», bringing together the rich collections of these two museums.

«It is very important that in this difficult international time we do an exhibition with the Italians. Italy is the main Museum in Europe violin, we have national Museum of music, Museum of Glinka. We combined our efforts. The Italians give three tools, and we show 12 instruments gocollection. The Italian Museum is also bringing a lot of materials that belonged personally Stradivari, his notes, drawings, pieces that never saw the light», — told RIA Novosti Director of the Central Museum of musical culture Michael Bryzgalov.

According to Bryzgalov, only the Museum’s collection of 15 violins of Stradivarius.

«This is the largest public collection in the world have private collections. We have Amati, and Guarneri, and Cerruti, and in quality they are not worse Stradivarius approximately the same rank. If we talk about price, three years ago, one of the Stradivarius violins was sold at auction, in my opinion, at a starting price of 18 million euros,» — said Bryzgalov.

The exhibition will feature 15 instruments, Stradivari, Amati, Guarneri, Cerruti and other Italian masters, which mark the various stages of the long history of violin making in the Italian Cremona. The audience will get acquainted not only with the history of violins, but also with the secrets of the phases of production, engineering and Assembly of tools. In addition to musical instruments for the first time in Russia will be exposed joinery tools, drawings, internal forms and manuscripts, including autographs from the workshop of Stradivari and Cerruti.

The center for restoration of violins

At the opening of the exhibition the Museum and the Glinka Museum of violin will announce the creation of the first in Russia Center for restoration of musical instruments, aiming at the preservation of the Museum Fund of Russia, one of the largest in the world.

«Restoration center as one of the structural units of the Museum. Last year we signed an agreement preparing to open a restoration Center, and we have received software training from Cremona. We also have an agreement with the Moscow Institute of culture. We think that next year we will take the first students,» said Bryzgalov.

He said that while in Russia there is not one expert-restorer, only theoretical.

«When we have never been in, it takes time, it must be all right, step by step. Sorry, we have no in country no specialist We planned that at the initial stage will be teachers from Cremona, that practice theorists we have enough. I think in three years or five we get good specialists, who then themselves will be taught,» — said the Director of the Museum.

The violin Museum is located in the small Italian town of Cremona, where for five centuries from generation to generation the tradition of making violins. It was here in the XV-XVI centuries Andrea Amati created the first violin, and 150 years later, Stradivari brought his creation to perfection. In Cremona there are more than 150 workshops on making violins, in such a world is no more. In 2012, the Cremona tradition of violin making was included in the list of masterpieces of the oral and intangible cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO.

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