COOPERATION between institutions

Year of project creation: 2012

The cooperation between the institutions is very versatile: it includes exhibitions within the walls of the museum, and museum projects supported by the Fund, as well as travelling exhibitions of paintings from the collection of the Russian Museum.

The first joint project was the exhibition "Masterpieces of the Russian Museum", where Ilya Repin's painting "Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks" was brought to Magnezit Cultural Centre. Satka became the first city in Russia, where works from the collection of the country's largest museum were exhibited outside the walls of the museum. In 2014, the series of exhibitions was continued by Ivan Aivazovsky’s canvas “The Ninth Wave”. In 2015 there was held "Thank you, Ural! Paintings of the 18th – Early 20th Centuries From The Collection of The State Russian Museum" exhibition. 

In 2018, due to the initiative of the Government of the Chelyabinsk Region, one of the best works of Boris Kustodiev, "Portrait of Chaliapin", was exhibited at the Magnezit Cultural Centre.



On May 23, 2013, the “Masterpieces of the State Russian Museum” exhibition will open in Magnezit cultural center in Satka. All visitors of this unique exposition will be able to familiarize themselves with immortal creation of great Russian artist Ilya Efimovich Repin “Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks”. For the first time in its history, the State Russian Museum exhibits one of its greatest masterpieces in Russian province. This would allow all residents and guests of not only Chelyabinsk Region, but all Ural region to discover this remarkable creation of great artist and get an insight into his creative work. For the duration of this exhibition, the Magnezit cultural center will become a branch of the State Russian Museum, where the special atmosphere of great halls of the Mikhailovsky Palace in Saint-Petersburg will be recreated.

All guests will be able to visit the lecture hall, participate in interactive programs, meet and communicate with prominent scientists, get acquainted with books from the library and other unique exhibit items, as well as learn many interesting things about national and world artistic culture.

The exhibition is organized by the State Russian Museum with the participation of Sobranie Fund and Magnezit Group, as well as with support of the governor of Chelyabinsk Region.


“Masterpieces of the State Russian Museum”
May 23 – October 11, 2013
Magnezit cultural center (Satka, Chelyabinsk Region)



From 13 August to 13 October, the Benois Block of the Russian Museum will host the exhibition devoted to the family portrait. The exposition will present 200 paintings, graphics and sculptures created from the 18th century to the present days. Magnezit Group is one of the main partners of the exposition.

The visitors of the exhibition will be able to see the works of the artists of the Peter the Great time, the prominent painters of the second half of the 18th century – beginning of the 19th century (D. Levitsky, F. Rokotov, V. Borovikovsky). The exposition of the 19th century will include the examples of the family portrait in the interiors, the works covering the everyday life.

An artist among his family, the theme which was quite widely spread in the Russian art, will hold a special place in the exhibition. It will also have a photo section with family photographs from archives and media installations based on photo materials provided by St. Petersburg people to the museum.

“The strategic priorities of our company in the social policy include harmonious development of the personality and improvement of the cultural and educational level,” emphasizes director of Magnezit Group Sergey Odegov. “Cooperation with the Russian Museum is very important for us, as it contributes to the promotion of historical and cultural heritage of the nation, its preservation and multiplication.”

In 2012, Magnezit Group joined The Friends of the Russian Museum International Society. Over the past few years, the efficient cooperation helped to implement a series of unique projects, hold a number of exhibitions, including Realism in the Russian Art of the Second Part of the 20th Century with the works of the recognized classics of the Soviet art, arrange the expositions of legendary works of Ilya Repin Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire and Ivan Aivazovsky The Ninth Wave in small industrial town Satka (Chelyabinsk Region). In the framework of development of the cooperation, it is planned to open a cultural and educational centre in Satka similar to a fully functional branch of the Russian Museum and to hand over a part of exhibits from the museum storage to it.


The State Russian Museum together with Sobranie Cultural Initiative Supporting & Preservation Fund invites to visit the personal exhibition of V.M. Sidorov.

The exhibition covers the main stages of the creative career of Valentin Mikhailovich Sidorov (born in 1928), the people’s artist of the USSR (1988), the people’s artist of Ukraine, a full member of the Russian Academy of Arts, the chairman of the board of the Union of Russian Artists, a member of the Union of Writers of Russia. The exposition includes 90 works of 1950-2000: paintings and sketches from the artist’s studio as well as from the collections of the Russian Museum, the Institute of Russian Realistic Art (Moscow) and private collections.

Valentin Sidorov is an artist of a prominent national character. His creative work is focused on the Motherland, Russia and deeply connected with his life in every way. Being a master of ‘spiritual landscape’, V.M. Sidorov has created an original pictorial chronicle of the life of nature, its eternal circulation and indissoluble ties with the fate and fortunes of the Russian village. A series of narrative paintings and landscapes, My Motherland (1972-1973) and The Paths of Childhood, which brought him the USSR State Prize to the artist in 1984, hold a special place in the exposition. These and many other works of the exhibition go beyond the village subject central in the creative work of Valentin Sidorov going up to the wide universal meaning.

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On 17 November 2014, the State Russian Museum and the Ministry of Culture of Chelyabinsk Region signed the Cooperation Agreement.

The Agreement covers routine systematic outreach activities aimed at making the most of the scientific, methodological, organizational and creative resources of the Russian Museum in Chelyabinsk Region.

Director of the Russian Museum Vladimir Gusev emphasized, that the relations started as far back as in the years of the Great Patriotic War, when the Russian Museum transferred more than 100 invaluable paintings to the Chelyabinsk Art Gallery for safekeeping. To mark the 70th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War, Thank You, Ural! exhibition will be arranged in Chelyabinsk Region under the signed agreement. It is already known that the exhibition will be held in three towns and cities of South Ural: Satka, Chelyabinsk and Magnitogorsk. The visitors will be able to see about 100 painting of famous Russian artists some of which were taken to Ural during the war. The painters include Shishkin, Repin, Vrubel, Bryullov and others.

“I am glad that we have signed the agreement, because at the moment a systematic approach is vital. In addition, the support and understanding of the regional government is important. We hope for long-term cooperation which will include not only the exchange of exhibitions but also the work with people, telling about our history. The Russian Museum has the largest collection of Russian fine art. It is 4 times bigger than the collection of the Tretyakov Gallery. This is a thousand-year history of the country in images, persons and characters clear and open to the people,” added Vladimir Gusev. He thinks that it is important not only to arrange exhibitions but also to organize a permanent branch of the Russian Museum in Chelyabinsk Region in the form of an exhibition centre.

Head of Satka Municipal District Aleksandr Glazkov made the following comments on the event, “It is not an exaggeration to say that Satka has a hand in signing of this historical agreement. For the last two years, we have been consistently building productive relations with the State Russian Museum with support of Magnezit Group, Sobranie Fund and the administration of the region. It is Satka that became the first small town of Russia where legendary paintings of Russian artist were exhibited. It is time to make a logical step towards new cultural initiatives. At the moment, we are working to make Satka not only one of three towns of Chelyabinsk Region hosting the large-scale exposition Thank You, Ural! Our next target is to open an exhibition centre of the Russian Museum in the town.”

To recap, the masterpieces from the collection of the Russian Museum – Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire by Ilya Repin and The Ninth Wave by Ivan Aivazovsky – were exhibited in Satka in 2013 and 2014. The exhibitions were well regarded by the spectators

To read the text of the Agreement, download the PDF-file.


On 18 May 2014, the International Museum Day, Masterpieces from the Collection of the Russian Museum exhibition was opened in Satka (Chelyabinsk Region). This time, one of the most famous works of Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky The Ninth Wave is brought to Satka. The exhibition was arranged with support of the governor of Chelyabinsk Region to promote cooperation between Magnezit Group, Sobranie Cultural Initiative Supporting & Preservation Fund and the State Russian Museum.

The exposition will last until 20 July. The masterpiece of the world famous marine painter is exhibited in Magnezit Community Centre, where all required conditions have been provided under the supervision of the employees of the Russian Museum, including installation of the respective climate control equipment. The display of one work is already a traditional form which allows not only to demonstrate unquestioned masterpieces to the public but also to use non-museum space giving access for the people of small towns to the best works of the world art.

The Russian Museum and Magnezit Group have already had such experience. Last year, an exhibition of another famous work of the Russian classical painting was held in Satka with enormous success. More than 80 thousand people could see Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire by Ilya Repin. The further plans of the Russian Museum include opening of a fully functional branch in Satka and handover of some works from the museum storage for exhibiting.

The exhibition has been organized with support of the governor of Chelyabinsk region, Magnezit Group, Sobranie Fund and the State Russian Museum.

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An outstanding series of exhibitions Thank You, Ural! Paintings of the 18th Century – Beginning of the 20th Century from the Collection of the State Russian Museum devoted to the celebration of the 70th anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War will be held in three cities and towns of Chelyabinsk Region: Chelyabinsk, Magnitogorsk and Satka.

The people of Satka will be able to see the selected paintings from the collection of the State Russian Museum. The exhibition in Magnezit Community Centre will be opened on 5 May at 17:00.

The expositions in Magnitogorsk and Chelyabinsk will be opened on 6 and 7 May, respectively.

Thank You, Ural! exhibition will demonstrate as many as 93 works of the iconic painters who lived and worked in the 18th century – beginning of the 20th century. The visitors will have the chance to see the works of Karl Bryullov, Alexey Venetsianov, Orest Kiprensky, Pavel Kuznetsov, Kazimir Malevich, Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, Ilya Repin, Nikolay Rerikh, Alexey Savrasov, Heinrich Semiradsky and Ivan Shishkin.

Satka exhibition will include 4 unquestioned masterpieces from the collection of the Russian Museum: The Appearance of Three Angels to Abraham by the Oak of Mare by Karl Bryullov, famous The Sinner by Heinrich Semiradsky, Cartomancy by Alexey Venetsianov and The Portrait of Olimpiada Ryumina by Orest Kiprensky

As envisioned by the organizers, Thank You, Ural! exhibition will express the gratitude to the region and its people for their tremendous contribution to the victory in the Great Patriotic War.

In Satka, the exposition will last until 26 July 2015. It will continue the series of exhibitions organized by the Russian Museum together with Magnezit Group and Sobranie Fund to provide the people of South Ural access to the world’s best pieces of art. To recap, in 2013 Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire by Ilya Repin was exhibited in Satka, and in 2014 – The Ninth Wave by Ivan Aivazovsky. The exhibitions were well regarded by the spectators.

Catalogue of the exhibition

Karl Bryullov

Alexey Venetsianov

Orest Kiprensky

Heinrich Semiradsky


Magnezit Cultural Centre in Satka will host "Boris Kustodiev's "Portrait of Feodor Chaliapin"" exhibition. One of the renowned works of the great Russian life painter will be on exhibit from 24 October to 18 November.

Since 2013, Satka has been productively cooperating with the State Russian Museum. The first joint project was Masterpieces of the State Russian Museum exhibition which allowed to show "Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks" by Ilya Repin in Magnezit Cultural Centre. Satka became the first Russian town where the masterpieces form the collection of the largest national museum were exhibited outside the museum space. In 2014, "The Ninth Wave" by Ivan Aivazovsky continued the series of exhibitions. In 2015 −"Thank You, Ural!" Paintings of the 18th Century – Beginning of the 20th Century from the Collection of the State Russian Museum. 

This year, owing to the initiative of the Government of Chelyabinsk Region, Magnezit Cultural Centre will exhibit one of the best paintings of Boris Kustodiev.

It shows famous opera singer of the beginning of the 20th century Feodor Chaliapin. Despite the formality of the portrait, it is notable for expression of the actual essence of the main character, manifestation of his really national spirit, the fact that having gained the word popularity Chaliapin remained a Russian man. The artist himself highly appreciated this painting and valued the portrait placing it above all other works from the large collection of canvases of Russian painters. The exhibition is devoted to the 145th anniversary of the birthday of the famous opera singer. 

Kustodiev was working on the original portrait from 1920 to 1922. When the work was finished, Kustodiev made its smaller replica because Chaliapin had bought the first portrait and took it to France. Later on this replica was actively used for exhibitions all around the world, while the original portrait remained in the personal apartment of Chaliapin in Paris. The author’s version remained in the Tretyakov Gallery and then was handed over to the State Russian Museum from which it came to the Southern Ural.