Arts and culture
On March 2, 2010 in the presence of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and French President Nicolas Sarkozy a Russian art exhibition Holy Russia, was opened in the Louvre. The exhibition was dedicated to the Year of Russia in France. The general sponsors of the event were Gazprom, GDF SUEZ and Total.
The Pushkin Museum and Gazprom present the exhibition of canvases by Wassily Kandinsky, Russian artist, one of the founders of abstract art, and painters from The Blue Rider group established with his assistance. Every painting being exhibited belongs to the collection of the Lenbachhaus Gallery in Munich. The Kandinsky and Der Blaue Reiter exhibition will be on display at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts until January 15, 2012.
On June 12, 2011 the International Festival of Russia's national culture “Constellation of Russia” was held in Rome (Italy) within the Year of Russian Culture and Russian Language in Italy and the Year of Italian Culture and Italian Language in Russia.
The Festival was arranged by the Federal Agency for CIS Affairs (Rossotrudnichestvo). Gazprom acted as a general sponsor.
In October 2010 Beijing hosted the Arts Festival of Gazprom and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC). This event was recognized as one of the most large-scale projects for cultural exchange between Russia and China.
Taking part in the Festival were more than 50 winners of the Fakel Corporate Festival, representatives from Gazprom’s subsidiaries and amateur teams from CNPC.
Gazprom annually holds celebrations dedicated to the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. In April 2010 the 65th Victory anniversary was marked by the Moscow – Saint Petersburg bike ride and in May veterans were honored at the Gazprom headquarters. On the threshold of the 65th Victory anniversary, Gazprom created a section dedicated to veterans on its corporate website.
The bike ride started out from the Monument to the USSR Marshal Georgy Zhukov at the Manezhnaya Square in Moscow and ran through the places of hot battles of the Great Patriotic War: Tver, Rzhev, Velikiye Luki, Pskov and Luga.
The Gazprom headquarters hosted celebrations dedicated to the 65th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. The Company exhibited military equipment items, cooked real soldier’s porridge and played wartime tunes at the square in front of the Company’s office. A military parade took place as well. Its spectators could see the marching of platoons of the company of the Honor Guard Battalion under the 154th Separate Commander’s Regiment of the Moscow Commandant’s Office, as well as performances by the orchestras of the Moscow Military District and the Honor Guard Company.
A Chess Academy constructed within the Gazprom to Children program was opened in Khanty-Mansiysk in September 2010. The Academy building comprises two training halls, a specialized multi-purpose room containing 128 game tables and an adjustable spectator space as well as a computer room equipped with the specialized software enabling the Chess Academy students to compete with counterparts from any part of the world.
The Academy had been constructed within the Gazprom to Children program with the use of cutting-edge energy-saving technologies and solutions making it versatile.
Young chess players were presented with the symbolic key of the new building by Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Natalia Komarova, Governor of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Yugra.
In November 2009 the Small Hall of Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory hosted unique concerts of classical music held under the auspices of Gazprom and its foreign partners.
Among the performers were the Austrian baritone Wolfgang Holzmair, the German viola player Jurgen Kussmaul, the Rachmaninov Trio and the French Debussy Quartet. The musicians played Joseph Haydn’s, and Felix Mendelssohn’s compositions with vocals requiring special skills. There are few singers in the world who can cope with these compositions, but the audience’s response showed that the excellence of Wolfgang Holzmair was fully appreciated.
In September 2010 the Yaroslavl’s Millennium monument was unveiled in Yaroslavl. The monument construction was sponsored by Gazprom. It represents a 22 meter stele surrounded by five bronze figures (Grand Prince Yaroslav the Wise, Patriarch Tikhon, collective characters of a Citizen, a Mother with her Child and a Warrior) and crowned with a bronze double-headed eagle – the State Emblem of Russia. Thematic panels dedicated to the history of Yaroslavl are disposed in the central part of the monument.
This is not the first gift made by Gazprom to Russian cities on their birthdays. Thus, on the threshold of Surgut’s 416th anniversary Gazprom transgaz Surgut gave the monument to Ermak Timofeevich, the Russian Cossack Ataman and the conqueror of Siberia, to the city as a present. Gazprom not only builds new monuments, but also participates in restoring the existing ones. In late 2010 a decision was taken to restore the historical monument to the great Russian mariner and explorer Grigory Shelikhov in Irkutsk.
On May 22, 2010 a concert involving the Brazilian singer Eliane Coelho, one of the world’s best female sopranos, and Evgeny Knyazev, People’s Artist of the Russian Federation, took place in Vrubel Hall of Tretyakov State Gallery within the Masterpieces amid Masterpieces project. The music accompaniment was represented by the renowned Rachmaninov Trio – Victor Yampolsky (piano), Mikhail Tsinman (violin) and Natalya Savinova (cello). The concert was held under the auspices of Gazprom.
“This is not our first performance in the Tretyakov Gallery, we are fond of Vrubel Hall for its peculiar atmosphere of high art,” Viktor Yampolsky said. “Our guests, Evgeny Knyazev and Eliane Coelho, are a real crowning glory of this program”.
Since 2004 Gazprom has regularly arranged the corporate Fakel Festival (“fakel” is translated from Russian as “flare”) among amateur and creative teams and artists of Gazprom subsidiaries. The Festival zonal rounds took place in Orenburg, Yugorsk, Surgut, Kazan, Yekaterinburg and Nizhny Novgorod. The final rounds are usually held in Gelendzhik. In February 2011 the IV zonal round of the Fakel Festival took place in Tomsk for the first time.
The participants competed in the following nominations: vocal (folk, pop, classic and jazz), choreography (folk, pop, ballroom, classic), pop grounds and instrumental groups, pop & circus, magic and folk. Over 100 diplomas and special prizes were presented during the Festival. The best bands and performers that took the prize places at the Festival will go to Gelendzhik to participate in the final round of the Fakel Festival.