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Friday, 26 February 2016
State Hermitage Hosts Exhibition of Sculpture in St Petersburg's Palaces in 19th Century
Topic: Exhibitions

The exhibition Created by a Hand with but a Chisel Armed…” Sculpture in St Petersburg’s Palaces in the Nineteenth Century opened today, on 26 February 2016, in the Twelve-Column Hall of the New Hermitage.

The exhibition presents splendid works of sculpture that adorned the halls of imperial and grand-ducal palaces and the private apartments of Petersburgers in the 1800s. A key part of the display is the watercolour interior views of palaces featuring these sculptures that were created by 19th-century artists. In all, more than 70 works from the State Hermitage’s collection are included (over 30 sculptures and 40 watercolours). 

From the early 1800s, works of sculpture were increasingly used to embellish the private apartments of imperial and grand-ducal palaces and also private residences. Portrait busts and statues, groups with mythological and allegorical subjects produced in a great variety of materials and small-scale plastic art in bronze adorned drawing rooms and studies, libraries and winter gardens. Sculpture gradually became an inseparable part of a refined St Petersburg interior. In artistic standard, many of these marble statues and groups were not inferior to the works exhibited at that time in the Imperial Hermitage, but they were known only to a narrow circle of citizens of the Russian capital. For example, in 1802 a statue of Cupid and the group Cupid and Psyche by Antonio Canova were delivered to Prince Nikolai Borisovich Yusupov at his palace on the Fontanka, while in 1815 Emperor Alexander I acquired four works by the same Italian sculptor for the Hermitage collection. 

Besides the creations of Antonio Canova (1757–1822) and Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770–1844), the most famous sculptors of the Neo-Classical period, the palaces of St Petersburg contained works by their gifted pupils and followers – Pietro Tenerani (1789–1869) and Luigi Bienamé (1795–1878), Rinaldo Rinaldi (1793–1873) and John Gibson (1790–1866), Christian Daniel Rauch (1777–1857) and Emil Wolff (1802–1879), Boris Orlovsky (1797–1837), Alexander Loganovsky (1812–1855) and many other celebrated Western European and Russian figures of the 19th century. 

The statues and sculptural groups that belonged to members of the imperial family and the St Petersburg nobility in the mid-1800s were most often acquired in Italy and Germany. It was in those countries that Emperor Nicholas I purchased the “latest sculpture”, both for the New Hermitage and as gifts.  Among them was the Danaid created by Rauch in 1839 and presented to Empress Alexandra Feodorovna by her husband in 1840. The display includes works of sculpture specially commissioned and purchased in Italy in 1838–39 for the collection of the heir to the Russian throne, Grand Duke Alexander Nikolayevich (the future Alexander II), and also the sculpture Cupid with Attributes of Hercules by Emil Wolff that was bought in 1859 for his son, Grand Duke Nikolai Alexandrovich.

The statue of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna created to a special commission from Emperor Nicholas I has an interesting history. The sculpture by Karl Friedrich Wichmann (1775–1836) was lost in the great Winter Palace fire of 1837 and recreated by the Russian sculptor Dmitry Savelyevich Savelyev in 1840. 

The Mariinsky Palace, which belonged to the family of Nicholas I’s eldest daughter, Grand Duchess Maria Nikolayevna, was embellished with marble works by Canova, Rauch, Wolff and other 19th-century sculptors.
Visitors to Baron Alexander von Stieglitz’s mansion on the English Embankment could see works by celebrated sculptors – Thorvaldsen, Wolff and Bienamé. The exhibition includes Emil Wolff's marble group Thetis that belonged to Stieglitz in the 1870s and adorned the drawing-room of his residence. 

The bust of a Faun in the display was brought to St Petersburg in the early 1830s, when it was considered to be by Michelangelo (now it is attributed to his contemporary Baccio Bandinelli). After passing through several hands in St Petersburg, in the 1860s the Faun came into the home of Count Pavel Sergeyevich Stroganov, under whose will it entered the Hermitage in 1912.

Watercolours by Eduard Hau, Konstantin Ukhtomsky, Luigi Premazzi, Ivan Volsky and Jules Mayblum that recorded rooms in the Winter, Mikhailovsky, Mariinsky and Novo-Mikhailovsky Palaces, the apartments in the residences of Count Stroganov and Baron Stieglitz, today make it possible to see lost or inaccessible interiors and also to appreciate the quantity and variety of the sculpture, as well as the different ways it was placed in 19th-century interiors.

The exhibition has been prepared by the Department of Western European Fine Art (headed by Sergei Olegovich Androsov, Doctor of Art Studies). The exhibition curators are Yelena Ivanovna Karcheva, Candidate of Art Studies, senior researcher, and Yekaterina Mikhailovna Orekhova, junior researcher in the Department of Western European Fine Art. An illustrated scholarly catalogue, “Created by a Hand with but a Chisel Armed…” Sculpture in St Petersburg’s Palaces in the Nineteenth Century (State Hermitage Publishing House, 2016), has been produced for the exhibition. The descriptions in the catalogue have been written by members of the State Hermitage staff: Sergei Androsov, Mikhail Dedinkin, Yelena Karcheva, Yekaterina Orekhova, A.V. Solovyev, I.O. Sychev and E.A. Tarasova.

© State Hermitage Museum. 26 February, 2016


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Monday, 8 February 2016
Exhibition: The First Romanovs in Moscow
Topic: Exhibitions

Note: this article has been edited from its original by Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia

The House of Romanov Boyars, a branch of the State Historical Museum in Moscow on February 8, 2016 is opened an exhibition of Honoured Artist of Russia, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Arts Igor Gennadievich Mashkov “The First Romanovs". The exhibition is dedicated to important dates: the 420th anniversary of the birth of Mikhail Fedorovich Romanov and the 385th anniversary of the death of his mother Kseniya Ivanovna (nun Martha). The artist I. G. Mashkov is well known for his historical cycle of paintings devoted to the pre-Petrine Rus’.

The exhibition presents works by the artist, in which he captures one of the episodes of the first tsar’s election of the representatives of the Romanov dynasty - Mikhail Fedorovich. The paintings:  "Calling Mikhail Fedorovich Romanov to the throne in 1613", "Coronation of M. F. Romanov in the Assumption Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin on July 11, 1613", "The Emperor Assumes Power", depicts not only Mikhail Fedorovich, but his mother - the nun Martha, blessed his son to reign. Several of I. G. Mashkov’s paintings are associated with the first Romanovs, "Novospassky Monastery", which is the tomb of the ancestors of the Romanovs' House of Romanov boyars" - the birthplace of Mikhail Fedorovich", the Ipatiev Monastery" - which took place on vocation the kingdom of Mikhail Fedorovich. The exhibition runs until 27 April 2016.

On February 10 will be held a round table discussion "The first Romanovs. 420 years since the birth of Mikhail Romanov, and 385 years since the death of his mother Kseniya Ivanovna (nun Martha)".

© Presidential Library. 08 February 2016


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Monday, 1 February 2016
Serov Exhibition Closes with Record Attendance
Topic: Exhibitions

Emperor Alexander III
An exhibition marking the 150th anniversary of Russian painter Valentin Serov's birth at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow closed on January 31st, breaking the museum's attendance record of almost 500,000 visitors - including Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Valentin Serov (1865 –1911) is little known in the West, but he is one of Russia's most important and beloved painters of the latter half of the 19th and early 20th centuries. He is particularly noted for his portraits of the Emperors Alexander III and Nicholas II, among other members of Russia's Imperial and Noble families.

The exhibition which opened on October 5, 2015 presented 250 works of 18 Russian and 5 foreign museums and private collections.

For more information on the Serov exhibit, please refer to the following article:

Serov Exhibit Opens at Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery

Portrait of Prince Felix Yusupov by Valentin Serov 

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 01 February, 2016


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Friday, 22 January 2016
Exhibition: A View from the Past at the Catherine Palace, Tsarskoye Selo
Topic: Exhibitions

Hidden for nearly a century, a previously unknown portrait of the Tsesarevich Alexei Nicholayevich, the son
of Emperor Nicholas II was discovered in a house in August 2013, not far from the Catherine Palace at Pushkin. 
Photo © Tatiana Andreeva
From 22 January to 21 March 2016 two of the splendid halls of the Catherine Palace will host the exhibition A View From The Past, showcasing portrait masterpieces from the private collection of the Karisalov family.

Hovering on elegant transparent stands in the Great Hall are nearly thirty portraits of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by Russian and foreign masters like Dmitri Levistky, Vladimir Borovikovsky, Lampi Sr. and Jr., Orest Kiprensky, Karl Briullov and Vasily Tropinin. Some of the works have never been on public display before.

Josephine Friderichs With Her Son, by Henri-François Riesener, A Noble Lady by Georg Christoph GroothAmong the undisputed masterpieces are the portrait of Peter the Great by Johann Kupetzky, young Alexander I by Vladimir Borovikovsky, a noble lady by Georg Christoph Grooth, and Henri-François Riesener’s Josephine Friderichs with her son; she was a French lover of Grand Duke Konstantin, Tsar Paul I’s second son.

The First Antechamber of the palace presents the Russian works of art donated by or purchased with support from Mikhail Y. Karisalov, a member of the Tsarskoye Selo Friends Society and patron of the museum. The objects on display include the previously never showcased portrait of Tsesarevich Alexei, son of Tsar Nichols II, which was found during renovation of a house not far from the Catherine Palace in 2013.  

Alexander I prays at Alexander Nevsky’s tomb before departing for Taganrog, by Grigory ChernetsovAt the opening of the exhibition, Tsarskoye Selo received another generous gift from Mr. Karisalov, ‘Alexander I prays at Alexander Nevsky’s tomb before departing for Taganrog’ by Grigory Chernetsov. Looted from the palace during the Second World War, the painting depicts a moment before the tsar went on his last journey from the Kamennoostropvsky Palace in St. Petersburg to the south of the empire: Alexander I stood long gazing at the Peter and Paul Fortress from a bridge and then spent several hours in prayer at the Trinity Cathedral of the Alexander Nevsky Monastery.

The Catherine Palace first saw the Karisalov artifacts at the Treasures From A Private Collection exhibition in 2012. Only a part of the display back then, the very expressive portraits have returned as highlights of the current exhibition of the works that many state museums in Russia would be honoured to have.

The exhibition A View for the Past runs from 22 January to 21 March 2016 at the Catherine Palace, Tsarskoye Selo.
Click on the link below to read an article + VIDEO about the discovery of this unique portrait of the son of Emperor Nicholas II: 

Unknown Portrait of Tsesarevich Alexei Discovered + VIDEO

© Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve. 22 January, 2016


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Tuesday, 19 January 2016
Two Centuries of Imperial Russian Arts Are Coming to The Reading Public Museum
Topic: Exhibitions

The Durnovo Casket Silver gilt, enamel and lapis lazuli 1889 Firm of Ovchinnikov, Russia
© Giovanni Lundardi Photography (International Arts & Artists)
The Reading Public Museum (Penn.) will host The Tsars’ Cabinet, which highlights two hundred years of decorative arts under the Romanovs, from the time of Peter the Great in the early eighteenth century to that of Nicholas II in the early twentieth century. Many of the more than 230 objects in the nationally touring exhibition were designed for public or private use of the tsars or other Romanovs. Others illustrate the styles that were prominent during their reigns. The Tsars’ Cabinet is on view at RPM from January 22, 2016 through April 17, 2016 in the Second Floor Temporary Galleries. This exhibition is presented locally by the Marlin and Ginger Miller Exhibition Endowment.

Porcelain, glass, enamel, silver gilt and other alluring materials make this extensive exhibition dazzle. The items demonstrate the evolution of style from the European Classicism of the court of Catherine the Great, to the rich oriental motifs of mid-nineteenth century Russian Historicism of the Kremlin and Grand Duke Constantine Nicholaevich services and the enamel work of Fedor Ruckert and the firm of Ovchinnikov.

The exhibition includes many pieces from significant porcelain services made by the Imperial Porcelain Factory, from the reign of Empress Elizabeth and Catherine the Great to Nicholas and Alexandra. Visitors will see items featured at state banquets at the Kremlin and other Imperial Palaces, as well as items designed for the tsars’ private use aboard the Imperial yachts. Among the rare items are two pieces from a service Catherine the Great ordered for her grandson, Grand Duke Constantine Pavlovich, as well as pieces from services presented by Augustus III of Saxony and Frederick the Great to the eighteenth century Russian tsarinas.

The exhibition also features two hundred years of glassware, from a beaker from the time of Peter the Great to a vase made by the Imperial Glass Factory that the Dowager Empress Maria Fedorovna kept on her desk in Denmark after the Russian Revolution. Russian enamels from the late nineteenth century include a major jewel casket made by the Ovchinnikov firm and presented to Tsar Alexander III’s Minister of the Interior, as well as the work of Fedor Ruckert and the work masters of the Faberge firm.

The objects exhibited provide a rare, intimate glimpse into the everyday lives of the tsars. The collection brings together a political and social timeline tied to an understanding of Russian culture. In viewing The Tsars’ Cabinet, one is transported to a majestic era of progressive politics and dynamic social change.

The Tsars’ Cabinet is developed from the Kathleen Durdin Collection and is organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, in collaboration with International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

The Tsars’ Cabinet is on view at RPM from January 22, 2016 through April 17, 2016 

© ArtFixDaily. 19 January, 2016


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Tuesday, 29 December 2015
New Permanent Exhibit Dedicated to Romanov and Rurik Dynasties Opens in Moscow
Topic: Exhibitions

Pavilion No. 57 of All-Russia Exhibition Centre (VDNKh) in Moscow is now home to the permanent exhibition Russia - My Story
A new exhibition dedicated to the Romanov and Rurik dynasties is giving lovers of Russian history one more reason to visit Moscow. The long-awaited permanent exhibit, ‘Russia - My Story,’ opened today at the All-Russia Exhibition Centre (VDNKh) in Moscow. The grand opening was attended by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medina, and Moscow Regional Governor Andrei Vorobyov.

The exhibition occupies 22,000 square meters, located in 18 halls on 2 levels in the newly renovated pavilion number 57. The pavilion is located on the main avenue of the VDNKh complex next to the Industrial Square, during the Soviet years it was used for trade shows.

The exhibition is based on the materials of two major multimedia exhibitions in the ‘My History’ series, both of them were first displayed at the Moscow Manege. The multimedia exhibition explores the history of the Romanov dynasty (1613-1917), and the Rurikovichi (the descendants of Rurik) and the 700-year-long history of the Ancient Rus. The exhibition was established under the auspices of the Patriarchal Council for Culture and organized by the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation, and the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.

Dozens of highly-qualified professionals took part in the project: historians, artists, filmmakers, designers, and computer graphics specialists. The building is equipped with touch-sensitive tables and monitors, cinemas, projectors and tablets. Experts used animated sequences, 3D modeling and digital reconstruction in the process of implementing the project.

The renovated building has been equipped with an upgraded ventilation system, air conditioning and adapted for people with disabilities. The museum is planning events such as an historical buffet, where visitors are offered dishes from the Romanov and Rurik eras, local artists, concerts and lectures by well-known historians.

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia at the official opening ceremony held on 29 December, 2015
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia believes it is essential to know the history of one’s homeland and understand the values and ideals of the older generations. Patriarch Kirill said in his speech at the opening ceremony of the ‘Russia Is My History’ park that history was key to building a national idea.

In his opening address, His Holiness said history gave rise to national ideas. “The national idea is deeply entrenched in a country’s history, understanding what heroes of the past believed in, what they were fighting for and why they sacrificed their lives,” he added. He said the historical goals and values of our ancestors shaped the national idea and no colorful images of the present could substitute the deep meaning people would be happy to die for. “A nation’s immortality lies in the continuity of generations,” Patriarch Kirill said, calling for “living, working, loving and defending what is dear to you.” He said he hoped the new exhibition would help Russians “embrace the ideals of older generations, the ideals that have survived to this day.”

The exhibitions Orthodox Russia. My History: The Romanovs (2013) and Orthodox Russia. My History: The Rurik (2014), were previously exhibited at the Manege Moscow Central Exhibition Hall, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors. Orthodox Russia. My History: The Romanovs was attended by more than 300,000 visitors in Moscow over a 20 day period from November 4th - 24th, 2013. It was later showcased in other Russian cities, including St. Petersburg, Yalta, Tyumen and Krasnodar. 

The VDNKh exhibition is planned to incorporate the third part of the ‘My History’ series, entitled ‘My History. From Great Turmoil to Great Victory,’ later. As reported by the Information Service of the Russkiy Mir Foundation, the third exhibition opened on the National Unity Day. It includes rare confidential documents from Russia’s largest archives, spanning the period from 1914 to 1945.

The new exhibition will have a fourth part as well. It will be dedicated to the post-war period in Russia, from 1946 to 2000.
For more information on the Romanov and Rurik exhibitions, please refer to the following links: 

Exhibition-Forum Orthodox Russia: The Romanovs Opens in Moscow + 16 Colour Photographs

Moscow to Host the Exhibition, "My History. The Rurikovichi" Next Month 

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 29 December, 2015


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Tuesday, 8 December 2015
Exhibition: Imperial Gifts from Pavlovsk Palace
Topic: Exhibitions

The exhibition Imperial Gifts from Pavlovsk Palace opened on 4 December in the ancient castle of Turku, Finland.

The exhibition taps into the culture of gift giving through the gifts of luxury and refinement received and given by members of the Russian Imperial family. More than 150 captivating items from the Pavlovsk State Museum collection are on display including objects from porcelain dinner services, cigarette cases and snuff boxes, fans, figurines, decorative articles and portraits. Among the exhibits are items created by masters of the House of Faberge.

Most of the gifts from the collection of the Pavlovsk Palace belonged to its most famous resident, the Empress Maria Feodorovna (1759-1828, nee Maria Sophia Dorothea Augusta Louisa Wurttemberg), but the museum's collection also includes gifts associated with other members of the Imperial family from other palaces. Considerable attention is paid to the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II (1868-1918) and his wife Empress Alexandra Feodorovna (1872-1918), during whose reign gifts of luxury and refinement reached their zenith.

The exhibits are a reflection of the splendour of culture imbued with gifts and gift giving, which existed at the imperial court in the late 18th to the early 20th century. The gifts were an integral part of both the official and private life of the Romanovs. Each of them reflect a piece of the history of relations within the imperial family, international relations and the significant events of the Russian Empire. Objects are also the epitome of the history of fashion and style, reflect the preferences of royal personages and the richness of the spiritual, artistic and social life of the imperial court.

The culture of gift giving is reflected in diaries, letters and memoirs of members of the Russian Imperial family. Gifts were prsented at annual holidays - Christmas, New Year and Easter - or on the occasion of major events in the lives of family members and relatives, such as engagements and weddings, birthdays and name days, in honour of the coronation, and baptisms of children. They usually gave decorations, such as small items of gold and silver, also popular were china sets and objects of art.

The exhibition covers the period of history reflecting art, interior design, architecture and fashion popular at the time, such as the Neoclassicism to Empire styles. The imperial style, reached its highest peak in the beginning of the 19th century, during the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte and symbolized the greatness and power of the French Empire. During the reign of Emperor Alexander III, a convinced Slavophile, Russia's increased interest in the history of the country, saw the development of the Neo-Russian style.

The exhibition Imperial Gifts from Pavlovsk Palace runs until 3 April 2016 at Turku Castle in Turku. Finland. The exhibition will then be on display in the South Karelia Museum in Lappeenranta from 23 April 2016 to 2 October 2016. 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 08 December, 2015


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Friday, 6 November 2015
Exhibition: Orthodox Russia. From Great Upheaval to the Great Victory, 1914-1945
Topic: Exhibitions

On 4 November 2015, the feast day of the Kazan icon of the Mother of God and the Day of National Unity, President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation and His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia led the opening of the 14th Public Forum and Exhibition this year called ‘Orthodox Russia. My History. From Great Upheavals to the Great Victory’ organized by the Patriarchal Council for Culture with support of the Moscow City Government.

The ‘She Who Reigns’ icon of the Mother of God has been brought to Manezh from the church of the Kazan icon in Kolomenskoye. The head of the state and the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church put candles at the miraculous icon and venerated it. President Putin addressed those gathered at the opening, saying: ‘Your Holiness, dear friends, I congratulate you on the opening of the annual exhibition in the Orthodox Russia cycle, timed to commemorate the Day of National Unity.

‘This educational project is the result of a big joint effort by the Russian Orthodox Church and leading research organizations, archives and libraries, and is evidence of the growing deep and real interest in Russia’s history and in our spiritual roots and origins. I want to thank sincerely the organizers and participants for their work.

‘This extensive exhibition’s central theme is the period from 1914 to 1945, a time of World Wars, revolutions and upheavals. It was the time when old foundations shattered, destinies crumbled and millions of people became the victims of cruel social experiments.

President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation and His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia led the opening
of the exhibition ‘Orthodox Russia. My History. From Great Upheavals to the Great Victory’, on 4 November, 2015 in Moscow. The miraculous icon of the Mother of God can be seen in the background (see story below). Photo © DECR 
‘But even in those hard and difficult conditions people lived, created, made discoveries and achieved breakthroughs, always remembering what was most important when our homeland was in danger. They understood the importance of unity and drew strength from, eternal values and lofty moral ideals. Ideological stereotypes faded before the real historical Russia.

‘Love for the Motherland was the strongest and all-vanquishing emotion. It inspired, helped and saved. This was how our people came through the 1941–1945 Great Patriotic War and not just survived, but preserved and strengthened our statehood and brought peace and liberation to the enslaved peoples of Europe.

‘This year we celebrated our big national holiday – the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory, which was an event of tremendous historical and moral importance, a source of unquestionable pride and respect, and the symbol of our people’s heroism. This is our history, and it is our duty to know this history, respect it in full and without passing anything over in silence, to learn and remember its lessons, and respect and value this past experience.

‘I am confident that this exhibition, based on authentic evidence and documents with the use of the latest technology, will be interesting to people of all generations and ages, including young people. This is all the more true as the exhibition will take place not just here in the capital, but in other Russian cities, too.

‘It is important that visitors and guests will have a chance to take a new look at the well-known events and facts and form their own views and impressions. Once again, I congratulate you on the opening of this exhibition and wish you success and all the very best.

‘Happy holiday!’

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia cordially greeted those gathered with the remarkable event saying:

‘A miraculous icon of the Mother of God called ‘She Who Reigns’, which you see in the centre of the exhibition hall, has a special place in history. It was found in the cellar of the church in the village of Kolomenskoye, now a part of Moscow, on the day of Emperor Nicholas II’ abdication. The best minds of Russia took the finding of the icon as a God’s sign. The tsar had gone, but the Mother of God took over the leadership of the country and has always interceded for it. We have experienced suffering, grief and trials, but have remained a great and strong country with our own identity, which we have not lost, while other countries on the European continent are losing their identity. We believe in the intercession of the Mother of God and say to all domestic and foreign adversaries of Russia: ‘”Leave us alone! The intercession of the Mother of God is with us!

The exhibit consists of 12 halls, including Hall 1. Russia on the eve of the First World War; Hall 2. The First World War (1914-1916.);
Hall 3. The Revolution (1917); and Hall 4. Hall of the Civil War (1917-1922). Photo © DECR
‘The exhibition is dedicated to the difficult time in the history of our country. We all know about the disorder during the years after the Revolution and the clash of class, social, political and economic interests, about attempts to ruin the country.

A lot of blood was shed, and millions of people were ousted from the country. We know that the 30s were also difficult because of a lot of injustice and wrongdoings, and we should never forget it. Yet, there would not be modern Russia without the exploit of the generations before us who founded industry, science and defensive power of the country. We should not doubt successes of a state leader, who stood at the origins of the revival and modernization of the country, even if he committed crimes.

Where there were will, strength, intellect, political resolve, we call it resounding success as in the case of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, while where there were blood, injustice and sufferings, we say that it is unacceptable for us, people of the 21st century.

‘We arraign these historical characters before God’s judgment, but the drawbacks should not entitle us to exclude all the positive that has been done. Also, all the positive done by certain people should not exclude critical attitude to crimes they had perpetrated.

‘I do hope that the exhibition would help us comprehend the glory of our people’s heroism in the 20s, 30s and 40s and see the hardships and understand that in order to love our Motherland we should not exclude any historical period from the historical memory, but take it with common sense and clear moral perception. Then truth will be separated from lies, and the good from the evil. May the Lord help our Fatherland to concentrate, to overcome the hardships of the past and go ahead. Today we have all opportunities to do it.

‘I would like to cordially greet you, highly respected Vladimir Vladimirovich and thank you for taking part in the opening of this exhibition. We pray now as at every divine service: May God’s blessing be with the Russian state, the authorities, the army and the entire nation.’
The exhibition Orthodox Russia. From Great Upheaval to the Great Victory runs until 22 November, at the Manege Exhibition Hall in Moscow

© The Russian Orthodox Church. Department for External Church Relations. 06 November, 2015


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Tuesday, 3 November 2015
Exhibition: Moscow - The Holy Land of the Grand Duke Sergey Alexandrovich and Grand Duchess Elisabeth Fedorovna
Topic: Exhibitions

The exhibition Moscow - The Holy Land of the Grand Duke Sergey Alexandrovich and Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna opened on November 2, 2015 at the State Historical Museum in Moscow.

The exhibition is a joint project of the Elisabeth Sergius Educational Society, State Historical Museum and State Museum and Exhibition Center ROSIZO supported by the Russian Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

More than 30 participants, such as Moscow and regional museums, monasteries of the Holy Land, archives, private collectors, have provided about 400 exhibits for the exhibition. On display there are historical relics: the personal items of the Grand Duke and Duchess, their gifts to museums of Moscow and contributions to the Churches of the Holy Land, documents, photographs, works of art.

The title of the exhibition reflects the deep ties between Moscow and the Holy Land shown through the prism of life of the Grand Duke Sergey Alexandrovich and Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna. The couple is the protagonists of the exhibition: unique exhibits colourfully illustrate the pages of their life, combined harmoniously the public service and private life, the spiritual and the secular.

Letters, documents, awards and personal belongings will tell an extraordinary story of their joint course of life, the beginning of which was illuminated by the love for the Fatherland of the Saviour - the Holy Land. At the beginning of this course, having made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, they found strength to serve their Fatherland, which was the main purpose of their lives. This feeling multiplied and embodied in boundless love for Moscow, where they moved after the appointment of the Grand Duke to the post of Governor-General of Moscow in 1891, to its centuries-old history and ancient culture.

The Grand Duke, while serving as President of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society strengthened the position of Russia in Palestine, built temples, opened town churches for thousands of pilgrims, thus paving the way for the Russian people to the Holy Land.

They were surrounded by the best artists, architects, writers and scholars. Under their patronage, major museums of Moscow appeared, such as the Historical Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts; art exhibition opened, collections were enriched. Their wonderful taste was honed by knowledge of European culture, while high personal spiritual and moral qualities made them setters of the new grand style in art.

The exhibition Moscow - The Holy Land of the Grand Duke Sergey Alexandrovich and Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna runs until 22 February, 2016 at the State Historical Museum in Moscow.
© Presidential Library / Edited by Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 03 November, 2015


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Wednesday, 21 October 2015
New Exhibit Takes Art Lovers Inside Opulent World of the Romanovs
Topic: Exhibitions

The much-anticipated, travelling exhibition, The Tsars’ Cabinet: Two Hundred Years of Russian Decorative Arts Under the Romanovs open on October 11th at the Museum of Art in Huntsville, Alabama.

This exhibition highlights more than 200 years of decorative arts under the Romanovs during the 18th and 19th centuries. Most of the works were designed for use by the tsars and members of their families, while others illustrate prominent styles of the period. Comprising objects ranging from porcelain services, glassware, enamel, silver gilt, and decorated eggs, the exhibition is a comprehensive and inclusive collection demonstrating the majesty and luxury of the Romanov reign.

Many of the items are grouped by tsar, which helps to illustrate major social or political trends of each tsar’s reign. For example, Peter the Great and the engagement of the west; Catherine the Great and the Enlightenment; and Alexander and the defeat of Napoleon, among others. The objects and their styles reflect the political forces that shaped each tsar’s regime. Each grouping of objects shows the tastes and attitudes of the Romanov family through the magnificent items they owned and commissioned. The exhibition puts these important artistic objects in context, to connect the viewer to the individuals and events that shaped the history of Russia. 

The Tsars’ Cabinet is developed from the Kathleen Durdin Collection and is organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, in collaboration with International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

The exhibition, The Tsars’ Cabinet: Two Hundred Years of Russian Decorative Arts Under the Romanovs runs until January 3rd, 2016 at the Museum of Art in Huntsville, Alabama. 
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