Media Center

05 May 2012 An agreement has been signed between the Culture Ministry in Bahrain and the State Hermitage Museum agreement signed

An agreement has been signed between the Culture Ministry in Bahrain and the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg in Russia, in line with the kingdom's keen interest to enhance cultural exchange with other countries. Culture Minister Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa signed the agreement on behalf of the kingdom, while Hermitage Museum Director-General Michael Petrovsky, on a visit to Bahrain to attend the Museums' Month, organized on the sidelines of the "Manama as Capital of Arab Culture" 2012 function, signed it on behalf of the Russian side.

Under the agreement, the mobile Tylos Exhibition, opened earlier this month, will be showcased at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and then the State Museum of Oriental Art in Moscow. On the occasion, Shaikha Mai stated that the agreement testifies to the solid cultural ties bonding Bahrain and Russia, lauding the Russian's Museum's officials' decision to host the Tylos Exhibition. The exhibition is being held in line with the events of the month of Museums to celebrate Manama being named the Capital of Arab Culture 2012 and Manama as the Capital of Arab Tourism 2013.

On his part, Director-General of the State Hermitage museum praised the cultural momentum witnessed by the kingdom, asserting Manama is worthy of being chosen as capital of Capital of Arab Culture 2012, given the tremendous efforts exerted to promote national culture, protect heritage sites and preserve national identity. He praised the Ministry strenuous efforts to preserve heritage and showcase its history, lauding the agreement signed between both countries, which will promote and enhance cooperation in many fields such as culture and arts.

Participation in the 43rd Fine Arts Exhibition Bahrain Map