Tigran Mkrtychev, the winner of the competition for the position of Director of the I. V. Savitsky Nukus Museum, will take up his duties on January 2, 2021. In order to implement activities, renovation of museums and promoting staff to senior positions in museums of Uzbekistan, under the Decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan from August 28, 2018 “On measures on innovation development of the sphere of culture and art in the Republic of Uzbekistan” № 3920, Art and Culture Development Foundation under the Ministry of culture of the Republic of Uzbekistan organized and held an open international competition for the position of Director of the State Museum of arts of Republic of Karakalpakstan named after I. V. Savitsky. The competition was held among citizens of Uzbekistan and foreign countries. The main requirements for the candidate were: a degree in art history, museum management, archeology and museum anthropology or in another relevant field, at least four years of experience in an administrative and managerial position in a cultural institution. According to the results of the first stage of the competition, 6 candidates from Germany, Russia, Kazakhstan and Karakalpakstan passed. In the second and final stage, the candidates presented their presentations to the expert Council and had a face-to-face interview in Nukus, within the walls of the Museum. At the end of the round, Tigran Mkrtychev, Director of the Roerich Museum in Moscow (a branch of the state Museum of Oriental art), was declared the winner. The new head of the Savitsky Museum was educated in Uzbekistan. Tigran Mkrtychev is a graduate of the Department of Central Asian archaeology at Tashkent State University. In his second year, he became a laboratory assistant for the famous Soviet art critic Lazar Izrailevich Rempel. This determined a wide range of interests of T. K. Mkrtychev in the field of ancient and early medieval art of Central Asia (terracotta plastic, wall painting, etc.). T. K. Mkrtychev participated in expeditions as a post-graduate student in the settlement of Orlat in the Samarkand region under the leadership of G. A. Pugachenkova. While working at the State Museum of the East, he led the Central Asian archaeological expedition (Durmontepe settlement Samarkand region; Varakhsha, Bukhara region), and was the head of the Detachment of the State Museum of the East in the Tokharistan archaeological expedition led by E. V. Rtveladze (Kampyrtepe settlement), and was also the head of the archaeological mission of the Museum of INDD art (Berlin) at the Sengim settlement (China). Tigran Mkrtychev holds a PhD in art history on the topic “Buddhist art of Central Asia I-X centuries” and a PhD in art history on the topic “Cosmology of the ancients and its reflection in the art of Central Asia V-X centuries”. He was the head of a number of archaeological expeditions in Bukhara, Samarkand, Termez and other cities of Uzbekistan from 1994 to 2008. Tigran Mkrtychev has organized more than 20 exhibition projects at the State museum of the East, the Roerichs Museum, and the State museum of fine arts. A. S. Pushkin (Moscow, Russia) Reis – Engelhort Museum (Manheim, Germany), Metropolitan Museum of art (USA), Museum of fine arts of Turkmenistan (Ashgabat), numerous internships, including internships at the Museum of Indian art in Berlin and the Metropolitan Museum of art in new York. As Director, Tigran Mkrtychev initiates the international Council for the study of the collection of the Savitsky Museum, and its tasks will include the creation of an international Board of Trustees of the Museum, which will include prominent artists, politicians and representatives of the business sector. The main priorities in the Museum’s work will be: creating a calendar of international exhibition projects, modernizing the Museum’s exhibition space, improving the professional level of staff, introducing advanced Museum technologies, creating an inclusive environment, developing international partnerships, creating the Museum’s endowment capital and fundraising programs.
May 27, 2021