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Andy Freeburg

September, 2016 

Andy Freeburg writes:
In the art museums of Russia, women sit in the galleries and guard the collections. When you look at the paintings and sculptures, the presence of the women becomes an inherent part of viewing the artwork itself. I found the guards as intriguing to observe as the pieces they watch over. In conversation they told me how much they like being among Russia’s great art. A woman in Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery Museum said she often returns there on her day off to sit in front of a painting that reminds her of her childhood home. Another guard travels three hours each day to work, “since at home what would I do? Just sit on a bench and complain about my illnesses, as old women do. I would rather be at the museum enjoying the people, surrounded by the history of my country.”

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