London and Paris to Host "Orthodox Rus. The Romanovs" Exhibition? Topic: Exhibitions
The exhibition, "Orthodox Rus. The Romanovs. My history", which was a great success in Moscow, may take place in a number of European cities, reports Interfax-Religion.
London and Paris have already made their applications, reported Archimandrite Tihon (Shevkunov), Abbot of the Sretensky Monastery, secretary of the Patriarchal Cultural Council, and one of curators of the exposition, on Wednesday in St. Petersburg to journalists. Fr. Tikhon has not yet made any specific plans to take the exhibition abroad.
On February 16 the exhibition will opened in the "Lenexpo" exhibition complex in St. Petersburg and will be held there till March 2. After the northern capital, the exhibition will be displayed in Vladivostok, Kazan, Volgograd, Samara, Sochi, and other Russian cities.
"We did not expect such a success in Moscow. The exhibition was prolonged three times, people queued for four hours, and 80 percent of them were young people. This indicates that our history is indeed in high demand. People want to know who they are and what are their roots," noted Fr. Tikhon.
Deputy governor of the St. Petersburg Vasily Kichedzhi related that among the new arrivals of the exhibition, prepared especially for St. Petersburg, there will be a performance called, "The Bronze Horseman" on the theme by one of Alexander Pushkin's poems. The area of display rooms will be 4,000 square meters, and 350 multimedia devices are involved in the work.
"The city government took the most active part in organization of the exhibition. No budgetary funds have been spent, and that is a good trend. St. Petersburg companies have given considerable financial support," noted V. Kichedzhi.
The exhibition, arranged with participation of the Russian Church, was first displayed in Moscow on November 4-24. Over 300,000 people attended this exhibition.
"This is the highest attendance of exhibitions held at the "Manezh" Central Exhibition Hall in recent years and it is unique for historical exhibitions," reported earlier the press service of the Synodal Information Department.
The preparation work was carried out for over half a year and about 1000 people were involved in it: historians, designers, a creative team, experts on computer graphics, sound, light, video, film-makers, and film-cutters. The exhibition occupied 4,000 square meters of the main exhibition hall in Moscow.
Over 40 excursions were held for school and university students every day. Requests to arranging excursions were received by the organizing committee until the closing of the exhibition; however, excursions were held throughout the first days of the exposition's work.
The exhibition was centered around the discussion of Russian history during the rule of the Romanovs, which lasted for 300 years. The narration was mostly carried out by means of over 350 multimedia carriers, including touch screen monitors, 50 plasmas monitors, light boxes, iPads with interactive quiz games and informative applications, and brief, captivating films.
Passion of the Empress: Catherine the Great's Art Patronage Topic: Exhibitions
Driven by a thirst for knowledge and a quest for the throne, Catherine propelled herself to the role of Empress through the sheer power of her intellect, cunning, and resolve. For thirty-four years, she reigned over a golden age of Russian culture, founding what would become the State Hermitage Museum and transforming St. Petersburg into one of Europe’s cultural centers.
Passion of the Empress: Catherine the Great’s Art Patronage presents a selection of finely-crafted decorative art pieces to explore how the famous tsarina masterfully blended traditions of Byzantine art with the Western neoclassical style that was a hallmark of the Enlightenment.
With the stunning Buch Chalice as the centerpiece, twenty-seven works from Hillwood’s Russian imperial art collection form the foundation of the exhibition. Other lenders to the exhibition include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Walters Art Museum, Dumbarton Oaks, The Birmingham Museum of Art, and private collections.
When she took the throne in 1762, Catherine was determined to change the perception of Russia throughout Europe as a culturally lacking empire.
Having lived at court since 1744, when she became engaged to the future Peter III, while educating herself about Russian culture, language, and the Orthodox Church, Catherine quietly developed her own sense of style.
Her immersion in Russian tradition did not preclude the savvy Empress from maintaining ties with Western Europe. Correspondence with the French philosophes in particular eventually strengthened French taste in Russia and enabled Catherine to foster the arts, science, and education.
Though she is best known for collecting thousands of paintings, Catherine commissioned splendid metalwork, porcelain, glasswork, and books for her own use and as gifts for courtiers. It is in these objects that the blending of Byzantine and classical influences shows Catherine’s desire to forge a new direction for Russian culture and align it with the West.
Many of the objects in the exhibition bring focus to Catherine’s use of ancient and medieval carved cameos and intaglios and her incorporation of those into her commissions for new works of art. The empress not only shared the Enlightenment sentiment that carved gems were important pieces of the past, but she was also aware of the power associated with the practice of collecting cameos.
The most exquisite example of this intermingling is the Buch Chalice. Commissioned in 1790, Iver Windfeldt Buch produced two liturgical sets, each comprising a chalice and several other pieces necessary for celebrating the Divine Liturgy.
To construct the sets, Catherine provided Buch with gold and diamonds from the State Treasury and carved gems representing scenes from the life of Christ, saints, and angels, which came from her private collection. Of the gems, a thirteenth-century Byzantine cameo of the Archangel Michael is the oldest. The remaining ones are mostly contemporary.
Catherine presented a set, including this chalice, to the Trinity Cathedral in the Aleksandr Nevskii Monastery in St. Petersburg on August 29, 1791.
Other highlights of the exhibition include a glass cameo of Catherine II in the Guise of Minerva, based on a Siberian jasper cameo carved by Catherine’s daughter-in-law, Maria Feodorovna, depicting Catherine as the goddess Minerva wearing a helmet decorated with a winged sphinx crown and laurel wreath; a late 17th-century censer that is one of the most stunning examples of metalwork in Hillwood’s collection; and pieces from the Orlov Porcelain Service, the expansive set made at Catherine’s request by the Imperial Porcelain Factory for Count Grigory Grigoryevich Orlov (1734-1783).
The exhibition was organized by the Georgia Museum of Art (titled Exuberance of Meaning: The Art Patronage of Catherine the Great). A full-color catalogue accompanies the exhibition with essays by organizing curator Asen Kirin, associate professor of art and associate director of the Lamar Dodd School of art at the University of Georgia, and Dr. Scott Ruby, Hillwood’s associate curator for Russian and Eastern European Art.
Passion of the Empress: Catherine the Great’s Art Patronage opens at Hillwood Museum in Washington, DC on February 18th, and ends on June 8th, 2014.
Popular Romanov Exhibition to Open in St. Petersburg Now Playing: Language: NA. Duration: 2 minutes, 32 seconds Topic: Exhibitions
This time lapsed video of the Moscow exhibit shows the amount of preparation that went into the exhibition installation at the Manege in November 2013. It also provides fantasic views which depict the sheer size of the exhibition itself. The popular exhibit allows Russians to learn about the Romanov dynasty and the contribution they made to Russia's history. The exhibition will tour other major Russian cities including Vladivostok, Kazan, Voronezh, Samara and Sochi and Ekaterinburg.
Orthodox Russia - The Romanovs: My Story, the popular Romanov exhibition marking the 400th anniversary which took Moscow by storm in November 2013 is scheduled to open in St. Petersburg this month. Beginning February 16th, St. Petersburg residents will have an opportunity to explore this unique exhibition, which tells the history of the Romanovs with the latest multimedia technology.
During the exhibition in Moscow at the Manege exhibition hall it caused an incredible stir. The exhibit was so popular that it had to be extended twice to accomodate the number of visitors. In three weeks it was visited by more than three hundred thousand people.
The exposition is devoted to the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty. During the reign of the Romanov dynasty in Russia there was a lot of great geographical discoveries, the dawn of the "Golden Age" of Russian culture, the victory over Napoleon and the Industrial Revolution. Visitors to the exhibition will travel through the centuries, to visualize the entire history of dynasty with modern technology: 3D- animated collages and installations, touch tables and panels, lightboxes and a giant plasma screen size is four times the face of the Kremlin chimes.
The exhibition runs from February 16 - March 2, 2014 at the St. Petersburg Lenexpo. Admission is free.
The Sports of the Russian Tsars: Chess, Cycling and Tennis Topic: Exhibitions
Tsar Nicholas II was very fond of sports and physical exercise. Cycling was a favourite pastime, one which he shared with his children
An exhibition dedicated to the sport hobbies of the Romanovs has opened in Sochi until March 23, 2014. On display are 300 unique exhibits from the museum funds of The State Peterhof Museum Reserve, including Catherine the Great’s horse saddle, Nicholas the First’s chivalry tournament goblet, and Alexander II’s first bicycle.
Click on the link below to read the full review of this exhibition, as well as 10 colour photographs and a video;
Sochi Hosts Exhibition Dedicated to the Romanovs and Sports Now Playing: Language: Russian. Duration: 1 minute, 6 seconds Topic: Exhibitions
The Sochi Art Museum with the support of Ministry of Culture of Russia has launched the exhibition Learning Bodily Grandeur. Sports and the Romanov Family on loan from Peterhof. In the year of the 400th anniversary of the House of Romanov and in anticipation of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, the exhibition will focuses on two main themes – the emergence and establishment in Russia of different sports from the 18th century to the beginning of the 20th century and the role of representatives of the Romanov dynasty in the development of physical culture in Russia.
“Until now we have imagined the Romanovs to be these opulent, lazy, idle rulers. But here we see that this is categorically untrue. Nicholas I began his work day at 7:00 AM but that was after a 40-minute workout with bayonetted weapons. This entailed an assortment of combat moves which we would now call hand-to-hand fighting,” Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky said at the opening ceremony.
The exposition, which includes 288 unique museum objects, is compiled in chronological order and demonstrates the sport hobbies of Russian emperors. Peter I was a lover of chess and billiards, Anna Ivanovna and Elizabeth Petrovna – passionate hunters and good shots, Catherine II – a fan of equestrian sports, Nicholas II – a supporter of tennis and cycling. The Peterhof collection includes a variety of exhibits: bicycles, sleds, models of yachts, firearms, skates, tennis rackets and croquet sets, among others.
At the beginning of the 20th century under the auspices of the Romanovs sports societies and clubs flourished in Russia. In 1900, Russia made its debut at the Summer Olympics in Paris. In 1908, at the London Olympics for the first time the Russian athletes won one gold and two silver medals.
The exhibition is being held at the Sochi Art Museum until 23 March 2014.
For more information on the Romanovs and sports, please refer to the following article;
The Romanovs: Legacy of an Empire Lost - VIDEO Now Playing: Language: English. Duration: 3 minutes, 13 seconds Topic: Exhibitions
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The Romanovs: Legacy of an Empire Lost, is an exhibition dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty,and is open now through March 2014 at The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Dr. Maria Zavialova, Curator, joined KARE 11 News at 4 to talk more about this unique collection.
In 1613, a 16-year-old Michael Romanov was elected Tsar of Russia, inaugurating a 300-year dynasty. This exhibition provides an overview of the three centuries of Romanov rule, focusing on the tragic end of the dynasty in 1917-1918 and the dispersal of the remaining family members and their treasures after the Bolshevik revolution.
The events that led to the collapse of imperial rule in Russia are well known, but what happened to their scattered property after the Bolsheviks seized power is a story still being unearthed. This exhibition explores the multifaceted history of the dynasty and its afterlife through a variety of media, including historically significant objects, photographs, paintings, works on paper, books, icons, porcelains, textiles and more.
The Romanovs: Legacy of an Empire Lost will feature loans from more than 15 museums, libraries and private collections. Many of the objects will be exhibited for the first time.
For more information on this exhibition, please refer to the following link;
The World of Russian Nobility: Under the Family Coat of Arms and the Imperial Eagle Topic: Exhibitions
A new exhibition, The World of Russian Nobility: Under the Family Coat of Arms and the Imperial Eagle has opened in the Nicholas Hall of the Yusupov Palace on the Moika in St. Petersburg.
The exhibition, a joint project between the Yusupov Palace and the State Hermitage Museum is devoted to Russian titled nobility, its history, government service to Russia, ceremonials, insignia and distinction. It presents nearly 300 unique items related to the national heraldry - state, military and family from the 18th to early 20th centuries. Many items in the exhibit are on display to the public for the first time.
Vintage portraits, personal seals with the coat of arms, medals and tokens, rare books and weapons, works of glass, china, jewellery, historical costumes from the collection of the State Hermitage reveal new details of the valiant service to the Fatherland, from the finest representatives of the noble families of the Russian Empire - Yusupovs, Sheremetevs, Stroganovs, and Golitsyns.
The exhibition presents objects connected with the official life of these families at the imperial court and in the Guard, including uniforms and costumes attributes court officials, the standards, military equipment and uniforms, awards, etc. Also presented are unique personal items used in the private day-today lives of the noble families of Russia.
Noble families for centuries maintained attributes, emphasizing the importance of their birth and the height of social status, often placing their insignia on personal items.
The family coat of arms and monogram under the crown decorated the facades of mansions and palaces, interiors, furniture, porcelain, objects of decoration and modes of transport, demonstrating the high social status of the owner. Special stamps were made bearing the coat of arms, and used for labelling envelopes, plus personal and business letters. Heraldic symbols accompanied accessories and social life - used for decorating watches, snuff boxes, fans, handkerchiefs, wedding bags, letter pads and other personal belongings.
The World of Russian Nobility: Under the Family Coat of Arms and the Imperial Eagle exhibit, promises to be a vivid and memorable event in the cultural life of Saint Petersburg. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, and runs from December 3, 2013 to March 30, 2014.
Books from the Personal Libraries of the Imperial House of Romanov at the Russian State Library Now Playing: Language: Russian. Duration: 22 minutes Topic: Exhibitions
I have a great love of books, so this particular exhibition piqued my interest. Earlier this year, the Russian State Library (RSL) in Moscow opened a unique exhibition of books from the personal libraries of members of the Russian Imperial family which they have in their possession.
Books from the Personal Libraries of the Imperial House of Romanov was held in honour of the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty.
The exhibition opened on May 17, 2013 in the Blue Room of the RSL and closed on June 7, 2013, however, it is still noteworthy and will be of interest to Romanovophiles and book lovers alike. I came across a video and a beautiful slide presentation, both prepared by the RSL, that I wanted to share on Royal Russia.
Click on the link below to view the media presentation prepared by the Russian State Library;