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    WORKS BY RUSSIAN PARTICIPANTS IN THE 50TH VENETIAN BIENNALE TO BE SHOWN IN SAMARA

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    MOSCOW, JANUARY 30, 2004. (RIA NOVOSTI CORRESPONDENT YELENA TITARENKO). Some works which were exhibited at the Russian pavilion of the 50th International Biennale of modern arts in Venice will move to the Samara (a regional centre in the Volga area) regional arts museum.

    Painters Konstantin Zvezdochetov, Valery Koshlyakov, the tandem of Vladimir Dubosarsky and Alexander Vinogradov as well as photo artist Sergei Bratkov handed over their works as a gift to the Samara museum. Taking part in the ceremony was the organiser of the Russian exposition in Venice -the ROCIZO State Museum-Exhibition Centre of the Russian Culture Ministry.

    The commissioner of the Russian pavilion in Venice, ROCIZO director, Yevgeny Zyablov explained this by the fact that the Samara museum, according to the painters, is the most advanced. It has long demonstrated adherence to contemporary arts, especially that part of it which is usually called topical.

    Zyablov is convinced that any museum would be glad to have such a mini collection both in Russia and abroad: the purity of its essence and its integrity harmonizes with its honorable origin.

    The arts critics believe that the Russian exposition in Venice was a success for the forum as a whole.

    We constantly saw a lot of visitors in our pavilion whose number was the biggest, Zyablov reported.

    The Venetian Biennale is considered the most prestigious exhibition of the topical arts on the world scale. This oldest and most influential international forum in the sphere of modern visual arts is being organised twice a year. The exhibition is aimed at showing the most significant and advanced events in the world artistic process.

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