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Noble Heritage On Public Display at Tsarskoe Selo

The exhibition ‘Kochubey Mansion, A House of Gentlefolk (Home of the Gentry) in Tsarskoe Selo’ has opened at the Tsarskoe Selo museum reserve. The exhibition is a joint project between the museum and HSE St. Petersburg, which has its Executive Management Training Center situated at the Kochubey Mansion. HSE's administration decided to open up its collection of rare artwork to everyone interested in Russian history. 

This is the first time the museum has focused on the life of the tsars’ confidants. The noble Kochubey family served the Russian tsars since the 19th century, and furniture from the mansion is on display at the museum.

Over 100 exhibits – paintings, bronzes, furniture, porcelain, sculptures, which help give an insight into daily life in the 19th century - are all on display.

Students of the HSE St. Petersburg Master programme ‘Applied and Interdisciplinary History’  Alina Zgolaya, Anna Rokhloy and Pavel Savchenko took part in organizing the exhibition during their internships at the HSE Executive Management Training Center, and designed the exhibition’s layout and had input into how it is organized. Their project is also on show at the exhibition. The museum administration is open to organizing internships for students under existing cooperation with HSE. 

For a long time this collection of paintings and decorative arts was only on display to students and participants in events organized by the HSE Management Training Center. Today HSE aims not only to preserve this valuable cultural heritage, but also to introduce it to a wider audience.