Museum Line at MIBF 2021
In 2021 MIBF Museum Line once again will highlight increasing influence of museums as art and nonfiction publishers as well as will inspect educational, research, exhibition and online activities of leading museums and cultural institutions as sours and platform for further museum & publisher collaboration.

MIBF Museum Line presents publishing and educational programs of leading museums, their research activities and exhibition projects, uniting professionals of publishing and museum world. MIBF Museum Line is books on art, architecture, photography, books on theater and cinema, design and fashion, sociology, philosophy and psychology of culture, publications on contemporary art and new media, as well as urban and ecology, natural sciences and other fields of knowledge falling into the territory of interests of the modern museum.
Over 30 museums and publishing houses took part in MIBF Museum Line and its program
Ad Marginem / ABCdesign / Artclassica / Artguide Editions / Art Volkhonka / Booksmart / Dom Publishers / Iskusstvo XXI / Kolo / Kontakt Kultura / Kuchkovo Pole / Northern Pilgrim / Rudentsovy Publishing House / Session / Slovo / The Art Newspaper Russia / 3 Kvadrata / Custodia Foundation (Paris, France) / Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts / VDNKh / The State Tretyakov Gallery / the State Historical Museum / Vladimir Dahl Russian State Literary Museum / A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum
The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center / Moscow Museum of Modern Art / The Central Andrey Rublev Museum of Ancient Russian Culture and Art / GULAG History Museum / Moscow Kremlin Museums / Joseph Brodsky One and a Half Room Museum / Museum of Russian Impressionism / 'Garden Ring' Museum / Garage Museum of Contemporary Art / AZ Museum / The Polytechnic Museum / The Russian National Museum of Music / The State Russian Museum / V-A-C Foundation / The Manege Central Exhibition Hall St. Petersburg / Palace Museum (Beijing, Cnina)
Safety first
Safety measures for MIBF offline participants included the special format of the exhibitors' booths and event halls, sophisticated logistics for visitors and exhibitors alike. Guests were allowed to visit the exhibition and take part in the offline event only in sessions which helped to limit the amount of people who were on site simultaneously. Sessions should have been booked in advance. Obviously, everyone was obliged to wear a mask and gloves and all the public spaces were regularly disinfected.

During the MIBF, its organizers used and improved the safety measures, which have already proved their efficiency during the Red Square book festival, which took place in Moscow in June 2020.

Organizers admit it was a challenge to hold the fair immediately after the lifting of temporary COVID-19 restrictions. The usual venue for the event — the 75th VDNKH pavilion — had been turned into a temporary hospital for the infected and the fair was forced to move to the Moscow Manege.

MIBF organizers are ready to share this experience with their colleagues around the world to help them put together safe offline events. They hope that the international fairs around the world will soon resume their activities.
International projects showcase
4 September 2020
18:45–19:30
Selected drawings from the collection of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Paris and Moscow
In early 2019, the Fondation Custodia in Paris hosted the exhibition 'Five Centuries of European Drawing from the collection of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts'. In 2020, the Pushkin Museum displayed selected drawings from their collections in the exhibition 'From Dürer to Matisse ...'. Both the Paris and Moscow expositions are largely the same in composition, but still not identical. In fact, they are two stages of a single project. The comparison of these exhibitions, as well as the French and Russian versions of the catalog, is the theme of this panel discussion. Participants include the director of the Fondation Custodia Ger Luijten (online), specialists from the Pushkin Museum, as well as representatives of the Slovo/Slovo publishing house. Vitaly Mishin, a leading researcher of the State Museum of Fine Arts and curator of the exhibition 'From Dürer to Matisse...', will present the catalog issued for this exhibition by Slovo/Slovo publishing house. The speech provides an analysis of the text composition and structure of the publication, shows the ties between the organization of illustrations in the catalog and the exposition solutions.

Participants: Ger Luijten (Director, Fondation Custodia, France, participates online), Vitaly Mishin (curator, leading researcher, 19th-20th century Europe and American Art Department, Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Russia), Oleg Antonov (Deputy Head of the graphic department of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Russia), Oksana Lebedeva-Skochko (Art Director of Slovo Publishing House, Russia).
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Contemporary Art
New publications and exhibition catalogs
5 September 2020
16:30–17:15
Irina Obukhova-Zelinskaya: Yuri Annenkov. Portraits through time
The monograph by Irina Obukhova-Zelinskaya is dedicated to the portraits of the Russian, Soviet and French artist Yuri Annenkov (1889-1974). The images of the key heroes of the twentieth century - politicians, people of art, poets, writers and beautiful women - were created by Annenkov in different techniques: pictorial, graphic, printed. The book describes each model, its relationship with the artist, the circumstances of creating a portrait and its future fate, also often unexpected and dramatic.

Participants: Yulia Petrova, Georgy Kuchkov, Igor Svetlov, Anna Dyakonitsyna, Mikhail Gogolin and Anastasia Vinokurova.
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5 September 2020
17:45–18:30
Exhibition in a box, or Perfume for a poetess from the Museum of Russian Impressionism
Anna Akhmatova's favorite spirits, perfume - dedications to Isadora Duncan and fantasies about Silver Age colognes. Curator of the Museum of Russian Impressionism Elena Sharova and perfumer of the brand NŌSE Timur Solodov created a series of fragrances to graphic portraits, presented at the exhibition 'Yuri Annenkov. Revolution at the door'. Why does an art museum need fragrances? How to find the formula of the famous poetess' favorite perfumes and revive them? And how to invent a scent based only on inspiration from a work of art? This is what was discussed at the meeting.

Participants: Elena Sharova (curator of the educational department of the Museum of Russian Impressionism, Russia); Timur Solodov (perfumer, founder of the brand NŌSE, Russia).
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4 September 2020
14:00–14:45
The first museum of the avant-garde. The fate of the collection
An employee of the State Tretyakov Gallery presented the publication, dedicated to the exhibition 'Avangard. List № 1. To the 100th anniversary of the Museum of Pictorial Culture'.
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3 September 2020
14:00–14:45
Life of the Sovereign Yard: Family reading or take a book from a museum home.
A meeting with the authors of a series of books for family reading: Marina Rakitina, 'Life on the female half of the royal palace in the XVI-XVII centuries' and 'Royal Wedding in Russia XVI-XVII centuries'; Julia Uvarova, 'Court celebrations in the Moscow Kremlin. From Peter I to Nicholas II'; N.V. Roshchin 'Tsarist dress'. We held a quiz on the knowledge of ancient traditions and rites with a demonstration of festive vestments of the bride/queen with explanations and comments from authors of books and lecturers.
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4 September 2020
11:45–12:30
Moscow Kremlin Museums on the eve of the celebration of the 350th anniversary of Peter the Great.
A meeting with custodians, curators, authors of books and catalogs for the exhibition
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6 September 2020
12:30–13:15
Irina Sirotkina. 'Dance': Experience of understanding
Cultural historian Irina Sirotkina presented her book, in which dance is examined both as a kind of art and as a component of human motor culture, its corporality and affectivity. In the book the author asks questions about the essence of the dance, how it differs from jig, whether it is art or a force of nature, how dance affects the viewer, whether there is an ideal body for dance, what is the difference between ballet, dance-modern and post-modern. It also offers the reader a look into the distant past and the future of dance.
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6 September 2020
11:30–12:15
Virtual multimedia exhibition with audio play 'Music of Heroes'.
'Music of Heroes' is the music of those who worked in the rear, fought on the front line, played concerts at the front, maintaining the morale of soldiers. The core of the project was an audio spectacle, the script of which is based on real events. Genuine materials from the funds of the Museum of Music reconstruct the life of that time. The audience will learn about the orchestra of besieged Leningrad, the birth of Dmitry Shostakovich's Symphony № 7, and the film concert 'Concert to the front', which was attended by Arkady Raikin, Lydia Ruslanova, Ivan Kozlovsky, Klavdiy Shulzhenko and Leonid Utesov.
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Professional agenda
2 September 2020
16:45–18:45
Current copyright issues in the national and international museum, exhibition and publishing activities
Museum specialists and lawyers, representatives of art copyright enforcement organizations from Russia, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Spain will discuss a number of topical copyright issues in museum exhibition and publishing activities: the medialization of collections, interaction between museums and private collectors, storage of the collection, transfer of the collection to the museum, the rights of a private collector - the rights of the museum - the rights of funds; peculiarities of interaction between Russian and foreign museums, etc.
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3 September 2020
11:30–13:30
Why are there so many translated children's books in our museum stores? Publishing programs and book projects for children in Russian museums
The virtual exhibition of books for children 'Behind the Book - to the Museum', prepared by the Moscow International Book Fair and Museum Line for the 'Night of Museums 2020', has become an indicator of the overall picture of the domestic museum book publishing for children. Since this project, as well as the Museum Line itself, is conceived to help museum book publishing, we have discussed its problems and prospects together.
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4 сентября 2020
11:30–12:15
How to make a quest in 30 minutes at your home
The Polytechnic Museum employees described what guides and programs were created in it during the reconstruction, as well as what awaits children in the new Polytechnic. The museum staff also explained how to make an interesting quest for your children.
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4 September 2020
12:30–13:15
Quests in the Tretyakov Gallery. 'A Russian fairy tale from Vasnetsov till now'
A unique edition, combining the quest and the guide for adults and children. The quest form of classes with young visitors was tested in the Tretyakov Gallery several years ago. Today, visitors are offered three options of routes on the permanent museum exposition and one route on the temporary exhibition 'Russian fairy tale from Vasnetsov till now'. This is about the educational project of the Tretyakov Gallery 'Lavrus', its interaction with printed and electronic publications.
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4 September 2020
13:45–14:30
Lavrus: why does the museum need its own online media?
We continue the story about the educational project of the State Tretyakov Gallery 'Lavrus'. The guests learned about the concept and history of the project idea (from electronic publications in various formats to a large website), its current state and future plans.
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5 September 2020
11:30–12:15
'I will take you to the museum…' Quests and guides of the Moscow Kremlin Museums
A meeting with employees of Moscow Kremlin Museums, authors, designers of museum guides and guides, quests, including for children. Quest for the best knowledge of history and architecture of the Moscow Kremlin. Acquaintance with the museum collection through books and guides: N.A.Grigorieva 'Here you can't count the tsarist treasures'; L. V. Solovyova 'What and how Italian architects built in the Moscow Kremlin in XV-XVI centuries'; D. K. Valyavin 'The Moscow Kremlin'; T. V .Filatova 'Armory' and others.
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6 September 2020
17:45–18:30
The library catalog and its role in museum communication. Moscow Museum of Modern Art
The Library of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art was pleased to present its catalog developed by the department of scientific bibliography and information. It is a database of book, journal and digital collections of the library and its archive. The catalog reflects the stock of knowledge and experience that the museum has accumulated over 20 years and is now available to a wide audience. The catalog has just started to be replenished with records, but already now it counts more than 1,500 descriptions for printed materials and about 500 records for electronic documents of different types - photos, audio, video files and electronic publications.

Participants: Jan Ginzburg, Roman Korolyov-Namazov
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2 September 2020
13:00–13:45
'Psychology of care'. Experience of social volunteer work at the Gulag Museum of History.
Social volunteering is a broad concept that includes different types of voluntary assistance. Volunteers of the Social Volunteer Center of the Gulag Museum of History take care of people who suffered from Stalinist repressions. The project 'Psychology of Care' is an attempt to understand how to build a relationship between a volunteer and a ward, how to avoid emotional burnout and find ways out of difficult situations. The meeting was timed to coincide with the publication of the book 'Psychology of Care. Experience of the Social Volunteer Center of the Gulag Museum of History'.

Participants: Varvara Usanevich, Yuri Belanovsky, Larisa Guseva.
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3 September 2020
13:45–14:30
How to build a publishing work in a museum
The story about the experience of building up publishing work in the museum, about new book series for a wide range of readers, about the prospects of book publishing in the museum.

Speaker: Galina Vladimirovna Lemigova
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5 September 2020
12:45–13:30
Museum as a new space for happy childhood. Educational projects AZ Museum
This was a discussion about new opportunities of a modern museum in working with children's audiences and their parents. The authors of the educational project of the AZ Museum talked about the five-year experience of working with children in one of the most creative, young and dynamically developing museums of Moscow. We talked about creative developments and unusual master classes directly related to the museum projects, about new formats of communication with a children's audience and their parents in the modern realities.

Participants: Alexandra Volkova, Natalia Opaleva, Polina Lobachevskaya
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5 September 2020
15:00–15:45
Meeting with the creators of the experimental laboratory 'Prints' of the Gulag Museum of History
The creative group of teenagers - participants of the 'Prints' laboratory, which opened the Gulag Museum of History in January 2020, studied the personal archives of the repressed, kept in the Museum. Based on the documents, they created their own three books: 'The History of Several Letters', 'A Piece of Soap', 'We Also Liked to Dance…'. The project is unexpected and in some way risky: to entrust young non-professionals to present museum material. But this was the idea of its creators - Maria Bronskaya and Natalia Markina.

Participants: Maria Bronskaya, Natalia Markina, Svetlana Pukhova.
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4 September 2020
15:00–15:45
To mark the 60th anniversary of its opening. Andrey Rublyov Museum
History of the Andrei Rublev Museum collection, timed to the 60th anniversary of its opening (September 21, 1960). Recent years' additions (2004-2018).

Speaker: Svetlana Nikolaevna Lipatova
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4 September 2020
16:15–17:00
How were inclusive programs created from scratch at the Andrey Rublyov Museum?
Inclusive programs in the Andrey Rublyov Museum. The experience of cooperation of the Museum with the Autonomous Nonprofit Organization 'Ferris wheel' and the Center for work with deaf and hearing-impaired people 'Desnitca'.
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6 September 2020
13:00–13:45
'Dangerous times' and other museum stories from life in quarantine
A presentation of online activities of the Moscow Kremlin Museums at a remote location. A new site of Moscow Kremlin Museums with all online activities, lectures, excursions, etc.
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4 September 2020
19:15–20:00
Architect Ivan Zholtovsky: two epochs in one biography
The lecture told us about an architect who started his professional career in the late 19th century and, in the middle of the 20th century, turned out to be a living classic and patriarch of the Soviet architectural school. His life story and creative heritage are still full of understatement and white spots. The lecturers shared stories about how, using materials from archive and museum collections, they managed to find out some details related to the initial period of I. Zholtovsky's career and some other episodes from his creative biography.
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3 September 2020
13:45–14:30
Pioneers of Soviet modernism: new books on architecture from Kuchkovo Pole publishing house. 'Moscow Library' book series
Publishing house 'Kuchkovo Polje' presented its novelties. Authors and editors of books talked about the place of architectural creativity among great arts, about domestic architecture in the global context, about life and experience of the chamber-fourier of the Grand Kremlin Palace and all palaces in the Kremlin. Also the presentation of the book series 'Moscow Library', initiated by the oldest Moscow scholar V. B. Muravyov, was included in the program.
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Exhibitions