Medina awarded by Zurab Tsereteli, the highest award of the Ministry of culture
The Minister of culture of Russia Vladimir Medinsky has awarded sculptor and painter, President of the Russian Academy of arts Zurab Tsereteli with the sign “For contribution to Russian culture” — the highest award of the Department. The award ceremony was held on Tuesday, January 15, at the meeting of the Presidium of the Academy during the celebration of the anniversary of Tsereteli.
“I would like you to symbolically as a gift to present the highest departmental award of the Ministry of culture, a silver medal “For contribution to Russian culture” very rare,” said Medina, adding that in the entire history of the Ministry of such signs was only 185.
The Minister of culture wished the artist health and happiness, noting that Tsereteli not only a talented sculptor but also one of the most hospitable people in the world.
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“Today, in a narrow circle of friends… you are celebrating your anniversary, without interrupting the production process… is the handwriting of a master”, — quotes Medinsky TASS.
Tsereteli was born in Tbilisi (Georgia) on 4 January 1934. He graduated from the Tbilisi Academy of arts in 1958. In 1964 he joined the Institute of Ethnography and archeology of the Academy of Sciences of Georgia. Since late 1960-ies started to work actively in the field of monumental art. In addition to Russia, his sculptural works are located in Brazil, UK, Spain, USA, France, Japan, Georgia and Lithuania.
He is the author of more than 5 thousand works of painting, graphics, sculpture, monumental-decorative art. His most famous work is the monument to Peter the Great and John Paul II, the monument “Friendship forever” and “Good triumphs over Evil”.
4 Jan Zurab Tsereteli turned 85. The artist spent her birthday in Puerto Rico, where he worked on the 126-meter statue of Christopher Columbus. The monument is called “the Birth of a New world” and dedicated to the project “How Europe found America.”