“I lived as a museum”: Alina Saprykina on how she managed to transform the Museum of Moscow

- Why did the Museum of Moscow engage in socially significant projects: did it work with orphanages, hospitals, foundations and supported charity?

-The city museum-this is a space that should unite everyone. This is what I considered part of our mission: not to push, but, on the contrary, to bring people together. We are all part of a large organism: the city. We should not destroy it, but we are doomed to germinate by mutual connections. We need to think about others, including those who need it.

This logically implies the idea of ​​supporting orphanages, people with disabilities, large children, sick children, difficult teenagers, homeless people ...

- How has the museum’s team and audience changed?

- The old museum staff had experience and knowledge of the materials in the collection, the ability to work with them. The new people whom I invited to the joint team had different views on what topics should be addressed in the modern city museum and why.

They brought energy, freedom, openness, dynamics to the museum. We even had a kind of internal competition on what projects will be implemented. The decision was made by a vote of the museum council. I hope this will be preserved now. Even if my position as a curator did not coincide with the author's, I did not interfere in the content of the project.

For creative people, such relationships are very valuable.

As for the audience - firstly, there are now more young people among our visitors. Secondly, people began to come to the museum more often as families. This is most pleasant when people from different generations of the same family come to the city museum. Seniors - to tell children or grandchildren more about their life and the capital of that time (for example, at the exhibition "Soviet Childhood", "Memory Chest").

Young - to show parents something of a common interest, but presented in modern formats (for example, the exhibition "Secrets of Moscow Undergrounds", which showed interesting archaeological finds, many Moscow ancient household items and everyday objects discovered during street improvement).

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