The art collection of renowned cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and his wife, opera singer Galina Vishnevskaya, will be moving to the Konstantin palace outside of St. Petersburg. Alisher Usmanov, the billionaire tycoon who spent 72 million to return the collection to its country of origin, told a news conference, “We [considered] the wish of the owner who wanted to see it displayed in one of the wonderful palaces in Saint Petersburg. After consulting with experts, we came to the decision to place the collection in the recently restored Konstantin palace as a permanent display.”
The move to the palace, which was home to the G8 summit last year, has been criticized on the grounds that official functions may keep the collection hidden from the public.
Usmanov told the RIA-Novosti news service the collection should be sent to the palace by Christmas.