The United Metallurgical Company (AO OMK, Moscow) attended the opening of a show “Energy of a Dream: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of a Great Russian Revolution” at the State History Museum (Moscow). The collection presented with support from OMK opened today, November 3, 2017, and will remain open till February 28, 2018.
The show opened in a solemn ceremony yesterday, November 2, at the Museum's exhibition complex in Revolution Square. It was attended by Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service and Chair of the Russian Historical Society Sergey Naryshkin, Russia’s Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky, Director of the Russian Historical Museum Alexey Levykin, United Metallurgical Company Governance Board Chair Natalya Eremina, representatives of the Government, business, the research, cultural, and museum communities.
The show became the principal event in the museum’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution and continues a series of cultural events being held all over the country. The collection contains period documents, posters, books, paintings, weapons, and clothing. Participants in the opening ceremony believe that the show does a very good job of conveying the revolutionary atmosphere and the spirit of the events that followed and helped shape the country's history.
“We understand that the effort to make sense of the causes, the sources, the meanings, and more importantly, the lessons to be learned from this landmark in history will remain a subject of discussions among the public and in the research community for many, many years to come. I would like to offer my sincere thanks to the organizers of this wonderful show which enables us to find out something new, to gain insights into the lessons to be learned from the revolution that happened in Russia a hundred years ago”, said Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service and Chair of the Russian Historical Society Sergey Naryshkin.
“A huge part of this show is about culture. The various consequences of the Great October Revolution are worth and worthy of arguing about but there is no doubt that the positive column in the Revolution’s outcomes is a new stage in the development of global culture”, said Russia’s Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky speaking at the opening ceremony.
“The energy of the dream was a creative force. During the industrialization years, this country built grand manufacturing facilities, including some that are still running. And being of the Russian industry, we find it very interesting to know how the first steel mills and other facilities were born. We also do our own research into the effect of the events of a hundred years ago on our facilities. One of the projects we ran in collaboration with the State History Museum was the book entitled the Iron Logic of Russia that was about the 260 years of history of OMK’s manufacturing facilities taken in the context of this country's history”, noted OMK Governance Board Chair Natalya Eremina.
For over 25 years, the State History Museum has been preserving the store of items and documents of the former Central Lenin Museum, a store that is unique both in scope and importance. The current exhibition contains 12 sections, including the “Great Shock”, “Us and Them”, “USSR Building”, “Wings of Hope”, “Expedition for Culture”, “In corporae sano mens sana”, “Theater and Cinema”, “Projects to Bring Future Happiness”, “Soviet Holidays”. The show represents all the stores of the History Museum with the exception of archeology; 70% of the exhibits will be displayed for the first time as they have never been displayed previously for various reasons.
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