On August 27, Sergey Shoigu visited an exhibition of his own artworks at the “Khazine” National Gallery in the Kazan Kremlin. During the visit, the President of the Russian Geographical Society talked to journalists and spoke about his work and like-minded people in an informal setting.
According to Shoigu, his passion for painting and graphics is more of a hobby that allows him to escape from work.
“I do not really consider this creative work, but rather a hobby I’ve had since childhood. I do it whenever I feel like it, when I really have time and desire. Once upon a time, a person I respect said that life was short, and it needed to be made a little longer and more meaningful. Therefore, I am in a hurry to live: I want to achieve, see and do more," said the President of the Russian Geographical Society.
The exhibition of Sergey Shoigu's "Creativity for Life" presents 100 works: 83 paintings and 17 decorative wooden items. The canvases and graphics reflect the beauty of Siberian nature. The works were painted in various techniques: pencil, ink, charcoal, watercolor and oil. During a visit to the Kazan Kremlin, Director of the Union of Artists of Decorative and Applied Arts Sergey Kolomiytsev presented Sergey Shoigu with a certificate awarding him the title of "Honorary Artist".
The exhibition "Creativity for Life" is very popular among citizens of Kazan. About 400 people visit it every day.
The exhibition will run until September 12, 2021. Some of the exhibits presented at it will be put up for auction next year, and the proceeds will go to help seriously ill children.
"It is a great honor for me that everything is presented here. I never thought that this would happen, and did not even dream about it. I did it exclusively for myself, for friends, acquaintances. I didn’t want to sell it for no reason. I wanted to do it to good purpose, that’s when I decided to sell," said the President of the Russian Geographical Society.
The works of the President of the Russian Geographical Society have already been exhibited at a charity auction. It was held in May 2021 at the Headquarters of the Russian Geographical Society in Moscow and raised 40 million rubles, which were donated to the Konstantin Khabensky’s Charitable Foundation.
In August 2021, at a briefing at the Russian Geographical Society, Konstantin Khabensky said that by that time 10 out of 40 million had already been spent on helping 23 children. The funds were used to provide various targeted assistance: the cost of proton beam therapy was covered for one child, two children received a shunt system, 12 wards of the foundation received the necessary drugs, and eight more were able to undergo systemic psychophysical rehabilitation.
During a conversation at an exhibition in Kazan, journalists asked the President of the Russian Geographical Society a question about how difficult it was to lead large organizations and how to educate universal staff. Shoigu admitted that the main thing was to bring together a real team, close associates, people in whom you would always be confident.
“I am lucky with people,” stressed Sergey Shoigu.
The President of the Russian Geographical Society admitted, that there had always been people in his life ready for improvement, striving to learn, become professionals and just be better.