Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the international publication The Art Newspaper in St. Petersburg State Hermitage

Official event flow / Museums and exhibition projects

15.12.2015 16:00

Dvortsovaya Emb., 32. The Hermitage Theatre


The discussion will take place in the form of artistic investigation on the theme "Why you need art?". Four invited speakers - "witnesses" will speak for 10 minutes and another 10 minutes will answer the questions, "of the investigator". At the end of the discussion "judge", sitting on a chair under the rays of spotlights, will summarize this improvised judicial inquiry.


Mikhail Piotrovsky

Director of the State Hermitage Museum


Vladimir Pozner(journalist, writer, broadcaster, the first president of the Russian Television Academy) will be asking the questions.




Alexander Sokurov - the film director and a pioneer, writer, Honored Artist of Russia

Andrey Zvyagintsev - film director and screenwriter, winner of the Venice and Cannes Film Festival. Winner of the "Golden Globe" and a nominee for "Oscar"

Pavel Lungin - film director, screenwriter, winner of the Cannes Film Festival


Science / Medicine
Tatiana Chernigovskaya - a philologist, linguist, psychologist, expert in psycholinguistics

Mikhail Alshibaya - heart surgeon, Professor, MD, Head of Dep. of Coronary Surgery Scientific Center of Cardiovascular Surgery named A. Bakulev of Russian Academy of Medical Sciences

Dmitry Petrov - a polyglot, simultaneous interpreter, teacher, presenter - teacher of the reality show "Polyglot" on the TV channel "Culture"


Business / Politics

Alexey Kudrin - economist, statesman

Irina Prokhorova - literary critic, chief editor of the "New Literary Review", the head of the publishing house, TV presenter of channel RBC-TV

Garrett Johnston - Information Technology and Services, creator of innovative marketing strategies


Reporters / design / secular persons

Grigory Revzin - historian, art, architecture critic, journalist and columnist

Leonid Parfenov - journalist, TV presenter, director, five-time winner TEFI award

Alexander Arkhangelsky - literary critic, writer, TV presenter


Out of these, 4 speakers will be selected. The audience of this debate will be 250 guests.