In order to prepare for music competitions, concerts and tours, violinists will be able to get unique instruments from the state collection. This regulation, signed by the Minister of Culture of Russia Vladimir Medinsky, will enter into force on January 10, 2020.
All stringed instruments included in the special accounting book are divided into three categories. The first includes the works of Italian masters, having special historical, cultural, artistic and scientific significance. These are the works of Antonio Stradivari, Lorenzo Guadagnini, the Amati and Guarneri families, the Venetian Domenico Montagnana, the Turin Battista Guadagnini and the Bresian Gasparo da Salo.
The violinists have the right to receive the works of other Italian masters for six months, both for preparing for competitions, and for participating in touring and concert activities as well as for studio recordings. For a year, museums are allowed to give out instruments created by Western European and Russian masters (except for the creations of the Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume).
The regulation provides for the conclusion of a special agreement on the transfer of a museum piece. The project involves compulsory insurance of the instrument under the terms of ‘all risks’, reports fontanka.ru.
To date, the state collection of unique musical instruments is considered the largest in the world and unites 286 instruments. Most Russians are aware of these tools thanks to the Weiner brothers’ novel “Visit to the Minotaur” and its film adaptation of the same name.