The part of the tournament which will be held in Paris will take place in a pavilion built in the Tuileries Garden. It is open for public from 1:30 P. M. No entry fee required.
The Russian Museum is a unique museum complex, an architectural complex situated in historical center of Saint-Petersburg, including Mikhaylovsky, Stroganov and Marble Palace as well as Saint Michael’s castle, Cabin of Peter the Great as well as splendid gardens – the Summer garden with Summer Palace of Peter the Great and Mikhaylovsky Garden.
The Russian Museum is a first Russian State Museum of visual art, possessing 400 000 pictures of all genres and types – the richest museum in the world. The founder of the museum was the Russian tsar Alexander III while his son – Nicholas II has finally made his father’s dream come true.
The main exposition, which is shown in Mikhaylovsky Palace offers all historical periods and Russian art development trends throughout 1000 years (X-XXI centuries). Modern Russian and foreign art exhibition is available in the Marble Palace. Saint Michael’s Castle offers the national portrait gallery “Faces of Russia” and an open sculpture fund (late XIX – XX centuries).
Unique interiors of the great architectures of the XVIII and XIX centuries are reconstructed in Stroganov Palace. There you can also see different items which were collected by the owners of the palace during hundreds of years. Gardens and parks which belong to the Museum complex were found at the same time together with Saint-Petersburg by an outstanding genius of Peter the Great.
The Russian Museum is a place where many forms of visual art from Russia and abroad meet each other. Masterpieces of painting, sculpture, graphics, decorative and popular art are represented here in a splendid framework of the Russian architecture monuments.
Today this synthesis is completed with an art born by a creative human mind which connects together precise calculation, the game itself, passion and ability to enjoy the harmony of the finest chess combinations.
It is indeed true that Alexander Alekhine who was an outstanding chess player, to whom the current tournament is dedicated, looked upon chess not only as sport but art.
Art helps us to overcome any difficulties, and overtake any barriers or borders and always served to unite people, cultures and countries together.
It is a great honour to be a partner of such a prestigious project which is known all over the world.
I am sure that “Alekhine Memorial” will be an outstanding and bright event in sports and cultural life of France and Russia as well as Paris and Saint-Petersburg.
The Russian Museum director V.А. Gusev