General Director of the Russian Museum Vladimir Gusev has joined the International Council of the 4th Golden Trezzini Awards for Architecture and Design. This is the 4th case of the Awards taking place in St. Petersburg and participated by nominees from across the globe.

“I’m happy to join the International Council of the Golden Trezzini Awards for Architecture and Design in the year when the Russian Museum turns 125,” Vladimir Gusev said. “In this anniversary year, we’ve finished major renovation of the Mikhailovsky Palace – namely, the great halls dating back to Pavel I’s times, their interiors lost as long as in the 19th century. The renovation included the Resurrection, Throne, and Arabesque halls, as well as the chambers of Court Lady Protasova. All of these will be open to visitors by the Museum Day.”

 “It is of special significance to us that the Head of Russia’s first state museum of fine arts is taking part in the Council of the Awards named after St. Petersburg’s first architect,” said Pavel Chernyakov, Chairman of the Arrangements Committee for the Golden Trezzini Awards. “His optimism, dedication, and unparalleled expertise have for many years been inspiring everyone committed to the museum business. I am endlessly grateful to Vladimir Gusev for his support of our initiative on preservation of the most artistically valuable projects in the field of architecture, design, renovation, and museum business. I am positive that thanks to his participation, the status of our key international Awards categories (Best Architectural Design for a Museum and Best Implemented Project of Temporary or Permanent Museum Exposition) will rise even higher.”

The 1st case of the Golden Trezzini Awards took place in 2018, participated by nominees from St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region. In 2019, the Awards went global, and a year after that it was granted an international status thanks to support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. In 2020, the Golden Trezzini was participated by 744 nominees from 59 countries.

Today, the Golden Trezzini is the world’s only contest for architects and designers supported by directors of the State Hermitage, the State Russian Museum, the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, the Memorial Estates Peterhof and Tsarskoye Selo, and many other world-renowned museums of the USA, Italy, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Finland, and France. The winning projects decided by 200+ experts from 31 countries will be added to the museum collection – to preserve them and discover their historic, cultural, academic, and artistic value.

Entries for the 4th Golden Trezzini awards are accepted from March 15 to October 1, 2021 at . Participants from anywhere across the globe are welcome. Participation is free of charge.

Winners of the 4th Golden Trezzini Awards will be honored at the stage of the Mikhailovsky Theatre in November 2021. The best projects by competitors will be added to the collection of the Architectural Graphics Fund at the Museum of St. Petersburg History and take part in an annual exhibition at the Peter and Paul Fortress.


Vladimir Gusev was born in 1945 in the town of Kalinin (today’s Tver), graduated from the Repin St. Petersburg State Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture   in 1974.

1975 through 1978, he worked in the Leningrad-based department of the Union of Artists – at first, as the Academic Secretary, and then as the Board’s Executive Secretary. Vladimir came to the Russian Museum in 1978. He held positions of the Research Associate, the Head of the Contemporary Art section, and the Deputy Research Director.

He has been holding the director’s post since June 1988. Ph. D. in Art History. Honored artist of Russia (1996). Full member (academician) of the Russian Academy of Arts (2001). Winner of the RF State Award for Literature and Art (2004), winner of the RF Government Award for Creative and Professional Merits in Culture (2013).

The Russian Museum – the unique architecture and arts complex in the very heart of St. Petersburg – is the largest museum of Russian art in the world. The Museum’s collection comprises 400+ thousand exhibits and covers every historic period and development trend in the Russian art since the 10th century.

Photo: State Russian Museum.

The General Partner of the Awarding Ceremony is the Mikhailovsky Theatre. The General Museum Partner is the State Museum of St. Petersburg History. The independent auditor is Borenius Attorneys Russia Ltd. To see a full list of the Awards partners please check

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