The State Museum of Russian Diaspora in Moscow

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The Alexander Solzhenitsyn House of Russia Abroad is a cultural institution that for over 20 years served as a Russian expatriate community cultural a...

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The Alexander Solzhenitsyn House of Russia Abroad is a cultural institution that for over 20 years served as a Russian expatriate community cultural and scientific center, leading an active educational activity. The idea of creating a Museum of Russian Diaspora on its basis has matured for a long time, but was embodied only now. On may 28, 2019, the new museum was opened with the participation of Sergey Lavrov, the Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alexander Kibovsky, Moscow's Minister of Culture and a number of other high ranked officials. The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin sent a welcome telegram.

One of the world's leading companies in museum exhibition and planning — Ralph Appelbaum Associates - acted as the Museum architect and its concept creator, focusing on spatial solutions and scenography of the exhibition. We worked closely with the RAA team and the staff of the House of Russia Abroad.

Our work on the project took about a year. Pitch has taken on a wide range of tasks related to the development of comprehensive stylistic and design solutions and the creation of graphic, interactive, video and audio contents for numerous installations. In total, we have created 18 unique interactive installations and applications for the Museum, 6 films for projections and screens, 14 audio pieces, developed more than 30 graphic elements of the interior (from explications to wall prints and collages) and the entire labeling system. Our editors and translators have adapted and reworked a huge amount of text material for localization into other languages. One of the most important aspects of this project was careful and painstaking attitude to the materials received from the curators and the scientific group, as well as work with the archives, funds and extensive collection of the House of Russia Abroad, that served as the basis for multimedia content creation.

In the process of work we often had to adapt the original concepts, make different content and design decisions and work fast. In this way came the idea to shoot 30 interviews with compatriots on the topic of emigration and Russian culture abroad. Within few days we have found participants via open call in social networks, have prepared for shooting in a rented chromakey pavilion and filmed the interviews and then edited the videos.

Audio installations and sound design were also executed with a great care: from creating a medley of classic songs to reconstruction of 1920s' soundscapes of cities - centres of Russian emigration from Paris to Harbin, or making a narrative out of diaries of navy captain Semyon Chetverikov, we immersed the audience in a discussion about the fate of the Motherland's prominent philosophers of the time.

There are far too many people we would like to thank and mention on this project. The result of the joint work of such a large number of people is a unique exhibition space, filled with the most bespoke multimedia solutions, that opened in the heart of Moscow, at Taganka. We are sure that it will become a center of attraction not only for the foreign Russian diaspora, but also for our compatriots: according to the Moscow Department of Culture numbers, the new museum will receive about 100,000 visitors a year.

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