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Our History

(en) История

2018

The Effective Philanthropy and Museums Without Borders Programs are launched

A new Program is launched, Museum: The Power of Art Space 

The foundation opens the New Tretyakov & Arzamas Lounge

2017

Vladimir Potanin donates Erik Bulatov’s picture, The Picture and Its Viewers, to the Tretyakov Gallery

The foundation and Oxford Saïd Business School co-run the Social Finance Fellowship Program

The foundation runs the First International Endowment Forum

2016

The KOLLEKTSIA! Contemporary Art in the USSR and Russia 1950-2000 eхhibition

The Vladimir Matveev Reporting Excellence Award is established

The foundation presents its new strategy


2015

The Museum Guide Program is established

The first conference for professors teaching Master’s Programs takes place

2014

The Museum Bridges Program is launched

2013

Vladimir Potanin joins the Giving Pledge initiative

2012

The Endowment Growth Strategy Program is launched

The Russian Olympic University’s Scholarship Program is established

2011

Vladimir Potanin makes a donation to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The foundation runs the first Museum Guide Forum

2010

Vladimir Potanin co-founds the State Hermitage Museum Endowment Fund

Vladimir Potanin announces his decision to donate a majority of his private wealth to charity

The First Publication Program is launched for museums

2009

The foundation launches Professor Online Program for university professors

The Endowment Fund Club is founded

2008

The first program of the foundation School for fellowship and grant recipients successfully completed

2007

Vladimir Potanin co-founds the MGIMO University Endowment Fund

2006

The foundation establishes a UK Study Program for Russia’s museum professionals

2005

NYC’s Guggenheim Museum hosts the RUSSIA! exhibition 

The foundation launches a program to support State Hermitage Museum staff

2004

The foundation issues the first University Rankings chart

2003

Paris hosts the Paris — Saint Petersburg. 1800–1830. When Russia Spoke French exhibition

A Changing Museum in a Changing World Program is launched

The foundation joins the European foundation Centre

2002

The State Hermitage Museum receives the gift of Kazimir Malevich’s Black Square. The purchase was funded by Vladimir Potanin

2001

The Foreign Traineeship Program for graduates of the MGIMO University is established

2000

The foundation’s Fellowship Program is launched

1999

The Vladimir Potanin foundation is established