203 Union Street . Clinton . Massachusetts 01510

Monday, March 21, 4 P.M., 2011
Russian-issued “Force Majeure” Questionable. Icons Stay at Museum of Russian
Icons for Now.

                                    Clinton, Massachusetts— Today, after several hours of
                                    negotiations with Museum of Russian Icons Museum Founder
                                    Gordon B. Lankton, CEO Kent Russell and representatives from
                                    the Russian Federation Embassy in Washington D.C. and
                                    Consulate in N.Y.C, an unnamed representative from the U.S.
                                    State Department is “of the opinion” the criteria for executing the
                                    Minister of Culture’s “force majeure” has not been sufficiently
                                    met. He also claimed the icons from the Andrey Rublev are
                                    immune from seizure in the U.S.A.

                              On Thursday, March 17, Russia’s Minister of Culture issued a
                              “force majeure” ordering the immediate return of 37 paintings
                              and artifacts currently on loan to the Museum of Russian Icons
                              Treasures from Moscow exhibition that were scheduled to
                              remain on view until July 25, 2011. The order pertained ONLY
                              to the icons in the Treasures from Moscow exhibition. The
Museum of Russian Icons permanent collection of 450+ icons is NOT affected by the order.

Andrey Rublev Museum Curator Oxana Smirnova, who had come to Clinton to supervise the
dismantling of the exhibition, will return to Russia—without the icons in tow—as soon as
arrangements can be made.

Museum CEO Kent Russell, said, “The successful resolution of this situation has national
implications for all museums. We’re hoping for a quick, definitive outcome beneficial to all parties.”

Museum of Russian Icons Founder Gordon B. Lankton said of the situation, “This leaves an
undetermined window of opportunity for our members and friends to see this rare exhibition while it
is still in the United States.”

The Andrey Rublev Museum, located in the historic Spaso-Andronikov Monastery, is home to one
of the most prominent collections of icons in Russia and is named after the legendary icon painter,
Andrey Rublev.

The Museum of Russian Icons was founded in 2006 as a nonprofit educational institution by
Massachusetts industrialist, Gordon B. Lankton. The collection includes more than 450 Russian
icons, the largest collection of its kind in North America, and one of the largest private collections
outside Russia. The collection spans six centuries, and includes important historical paintings dating
from the earliest periods of icon “writing” to the present.

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