An interesting exhibition opened in the Yusupov palace at Arkhangelskoye last year, however, I only just learned about it this week, when the museum announced that it would extend the exhibit until the end of March 2017.
The exhibition Desserts Princes Yusupov allows visitors a unique opportunity to see the works of pièce montée (the art of decorative confectionery centerpieces in an architectural or sculptural form used for formal banquets - from the era of Catherine the Great to the time of the Emperor Alexander II.
the opportunity to get acquainted with a little known facet life noble estate: welcome and treat guests. Specially conceived and organized, so the reception was one of the most important aspects of the life of Russian country estate.
The Russian monarchs and their families were regular visitors to Arkhangelskoye, where official receptions were often arranged by their Yusupov hosts. The Emperor Alexander I visited here, and the estate was included in the program of the coronation of Emperor Nicholas I in 1826. Other August guests to Arkhangelskoye included the Emperors Alexander II, Alexander III and Nicholas II. In the 19th century, Prince N.B. Yusupov retained warm recollections of a visit by the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna (wife of Emperor Paul I). At the beginning of the 20th century Princess Zinaida Yusupova welcomed members of the Russian Imperial family from the neighbouring estate Ilyinskoe: Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich and his wife Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna. Other prominent guests included prominent figures of Russian culture: musicians, artists, and writers.
Dining was one of the most important aspects of the life of a Russian country estate. Desserts were a spectacular, brilliant part of the feast. This tradition came to Russia from Europe in the 18th century. The serving and presentation of sweets and fruit dazzled and enchanted guests.
The exhibition Desserts Prince Yusupov is on display in the dining room of the palace at Arkhangelskoye. The table is set with porcelain from the dessert set of the Yusupov family, preserved in the storerooms of the estate. The center of the table is elaborately decorated with cakes, desserts and fruit, in which the sweet composition recreates the tastes of the original owners of the estate and their guests.
The recreation of multi desserts of the 18th - 19th centuries, demonstrates the development of the unique art of fancy pastry. For instance, a grand Imperial cake is reminiscent of the era of Emperor Nicholas I, which the artist recreated according to old engravings, using authentic recipes. The cake is a striking example of the confectionery art of the first half of the 19th century. Confectioners created these giant cakes - measuring 1.5 to 2.5 - 3 m in height - for special occasions: coronation celebrations, for important diplomatic receptions, receptions on the occasion of the celebration of name days, or for the wedding of a member of the Imperial family.
The dessert table on display at Arkhangelskoye was recreated by Aldis Brichevsom, an expert on the history of the art of confectionery and pastry. He has been commissioned for some 30 projects by various museums and other cultural institutions in recent years. The uniqueness of his creations is that they are reproduced using old technology: manually, without the use of tools and moulds for casting without mechanical kneading and melting. His hand-made masterpieces, are produced from natural ingredients: sugar paste, nougat, marzipan, marshmallow and honey syrup. Aldis Brichevsom developed his own confectionery preservation system of natural products, ensuring a long display life.
Ten magnificent works of pastry art created by Aldis Brichevsom for the Arkhangelskoye Museum-Estate, evoke "sweet memories" of the era of the Russian manor house, which flourished in the 18th and 19th centuries, the owners and guests of the famous noble princes Yusupov family in their glorious estate of Arkhangelskoye in the Moscow region.
The exhibition Desserts Princes Yusupov runs until 31st March 2017 at the Arkhangelskoye Museum-Estate in Moscow.
1917. Romanovs & Revolution. The End of Monarchy Exhibition Opens in Amsterdam Topic: Exhibitions
The exhibition 1917. Romanovs & Revolution. The End of Monarchy
runs to 17th September 2017 at the Hermitage Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands
On 3 February 2017, the exhibition 1917. Romanovs & Revolution. The End of Monarchy formally opened at the Hermitage–Amsterdam Centre.
The display contains over 250 items from the collections of the State Hermitage, the State Archive of the Russian Federation in Moscow and the Artillery Museum in St Petersburg. There are photographs and film footage, paintings and applied art, historical documents and weapons. The exhibition tells about St Petersburg and art in the early 20th century, about the last Russian emperor, Nicholas II, and his family, about the political and social situation during his reign, about the first abortive Russian revolution in 1905 and the Russian Empire’s involvement in the First World War, about the revolutionary events of 1917 and the last years in the life of the imperial family. Visitors can see how Nicholas II’s personality and his decisions step by step made revolution inevitable and led to the end of 300 years of rule by the Romanov dynasty in Russia.
The extensive assortment of historical documents, personal belongings and letters of the last Romanovs presented in the exhibition make it possible to view events of the period from the inside. Many stories will be told in their own words.
Georgy Vilinbakhov, Deputy General Director of the State Hermitage, who is commissar of the exhibition, said: “This display is the first stage, the first event devoted to the 100th anniversary of the revolution. It makes us think about the events that took place 100 years ago and their consequences.”
“The exhibition tells about a very important and interesting period. For the Dutch, the 1917 revolution is not purely Russian history, it is world history. And that attracts people,” Cathelijne Broers, Director of the Hermitage–Amsterdam Exhibition Centre, emphasized.
The commissar of the exhibition is Georgy Vadimovich Vilinbakhov, Deputy General Director of the State Hermitage; the curators are Viacheslav Anatolyevich Feodorov, head of the State Hermitage’s Department of the History of Russian Culture, and Yelena Yuryevna Solomakha, deputy head of the Department of Manuscripts and Documents.
For more information on this exhibition, please refer to the following link:
The Museum of Military Uniform, a branch of the Museum of the Russian Military-Historical Society opened this week in Moscow. The first exhibition - Rescued Relics acquaints visitors with individual samples of Russian military uniforms of the 18th and 19th centuries.
The exhibition was created on the basis of the collection of the Imperial Quartermaster Museum, which existed before the revolution, under the auspices of Emperor Nicholas II. The "store of samples", established by Peter I, received items of military uniforms not only from the Russian army, but also foreign armies. In 1868, Emperor Alexander II issued an Imperial decree on the founding of the Quartermaster Museum and instructed the museum to collect samples of uniforms "in order to preserve the history of military uniforms of the Russian Imperial Army".
After the 1917 Revolution, the museum was closed and the exhibits were packed in crates and placed into storage in the Peter and Paul Fortress. In 1932, some of the uniforms were transferred to the artillery historical museum, and some went to the costume theatre. The greater part of the exhibit remained in the vaults. Since 1959 the collection has been available to a limited circle of specialists at the experimental design based on the Central Clothing Management, organized by the Office of the clothing supply the Ministry of Defence of the USSR.
Thanks to the full support of Anton Nikolaevich Gubankov, director of the Culture Department of the Ministry of the Armed Forces of Russia, in 2015 was carried out the project of the transfer of unique items from the museum's storerooms of the Ministry of Defence of Russia to the Russian Military-Historical Society for the restoration and display in the museum. A year after the start of restoration work and a hundred years of oblivion, rarities of military uniforms for the first time are shown to the wide range of visitors.
Exhibition: Pierre Gilliard. The Last Days of the Romanovs Topic: Exhibitions
Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Nikolaevna
gathering mushrooms in the forest of Bielovesa, Autumn 1912. Photo by Pierre Gilliard
A new photo exhibition will open at the Hague Museum of Photography / Fotomuseum Den Haag in March, featuring 70 photographs of Russia’s last Imperial family by Pierre Gilliard.
The Hague Museum of Photography marks the 100th anniversary of the abdication of Emperor Nicholas II, with a presentation of a unique series of personal photographs of the private world of Nicholas II and his family, taken by the Swiss writer and academic Pierre Gilliard (1879-1962). As private tutor to the tsar’s children, he built up a close relationship with them over a period of thirteen years. His intimate, disarming and sometimes surprising images of boat trips and games show the still carefree years before Russia’s last tsar met his fateful end.
The exhibition: Pierre Gilliard. The Last Days of the Romanovs, runs from 4th March to 11th June 2017 at the Hague Museum of Photography / Fotomuseum Den Haag.
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The Narva Castle Museum (Hermann Castle) will host a new photo exhibition The Romanovs and Imperial St. Petersburg, featuring the photographs of the famous Russian photographer Karl Bulla, from 21 January to 21 February, 2017
The exhibition showcases rare photographs of the Russian Imperial family, and a wide panorama of life in Imperial Russia at the turn of 19th to early 20th centuries, from the collection of the Karl Bulla Historical Photograph Fund in St. Petersburg.
The photo exhibition is presented in the framework of the celebrations dedicated to the 120th anniversary of the Voskresensky Cathedral in Narva, Estonia.
The ceremonial laying of the Cathedral of the Resurrection in Narva (1896) was dedicated to the official meeting of Emperors Alexander III of Russia and the German Emperor Wilhelm II on 5 August 1890. The event was presided by Reverend Father Arseny, Bishop of Riga and Mitava, in the presence of Emperor Alexander III and Empress Maria Feodorovna, as well as other members of the imperial family and many dignitaries. The foundation stone of the cathedral was laid by Emperor Alexander III.
In 1904, photographer Karl Bulla received permission to photograph members of the Russian Imperial family. He photographed the Emperor's meetings with other heads of state, including historic meetings held in Reval (Tallinn). It was here, that Bull photographed the meeting between Emperor Nicholas II and French President Armand Fallières in July 1908. In July of 1912 he photographed the meeting of Nicholas II and the German Emperor Wilhelm II onboard the imperial yacht Standart.
For 20 years, Karl Bulla photographed the Russian emperors and members of the Imperial family and their entourage. In November 1894, Karl Bulla photographed the funeral of Emperor Alexander III in St. Petersburg, as well as the coronation of Emperor Nicholas II in Moscow in May 1896. His photographs present the daily life of the Imperial family and public celebrations in which they participated. Karl Bulla gained popularity with his coverage during the participation of Nicholas II and his family during the celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of St. Petersburg in 1903, and the 300th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty in 1913.
The exhibition was organized by the Association of Russian Artists of Estonia, headed by Curator of the International Cultural Exhibition Project - Lily Kerr. The project is supported by the Embassy of Russian Federation in the Republic of Estonia and the Narva and Peipsi Diocese of the Estonian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate.
The exhibition The Romanovs and Imperial St. Petersburg runs from 21 January to 21 February 2017, in Narva Castle, Narva, Estonia.
Exhibition Dedicated to 200 Years of Relations Between the House of Romanov and Hohenzollern Dynasties Opens in Germany Topic: Exhibitions
Wedding of Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia and Grand Duchess Kira Kirillovna of Russia, with Emperor Wilhelm II (1938)
This article has been translated by Dmitry Lapa and updated with additional information by Paul Gilbert.
The exhibition, Kinship by Choice: the Romanovs and the Hohenzollerns – 200 Years Together has opened at Hohenzollern Castle near Stuttgart.
It includes over 130 exhibits. Among them are portraits and photographs of members of the House of Romanov and the House of Hohenzollern, personal items of imperial family members, pictures reflecting events which involved Russian and Prussian monarchs, early twentieth century photos depicting meetings of St. Nicholas II and Wilhelm II, and personal notes of the latter in which he tells about his attempts to rescue the Russian tsar and his family in the summer of 1918.
The exhibition will run until January 29, 2017. It was opened as part of the evening of German-Russian friendship arranged by the St. Gregory the Theologian Charity Foundation.
Additionally, a concert was performed at Hohenzollern Castle by both German and Russan singers, and a Litya was served at the castle’s Orthodox chapel near the grave of Grand Duchess Kira Kirillovna of Russia (1909-1967), grandmother of Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia. The service was celebrated by Igumen Maxim (Schmidt), representative of the Southern Deanery of the Diocese of Berlin and Germany of the Moscow Patriarchate.
Next year will mark the 200th wedding anniversary of Grand Duke Nicholas Pavlovich (the future Emperor Nicholas I) and the Prussian Princess Frederica Louise Charlotte Wilhelmina (1798-1860). The latter was received into Orthodoxy with the name Alexandra Feodorovna and became the Russian empress in 1825.
It was the first “dynastic marriage” of a representative of the House of Romanov with a member of the Hohenzollern Dynasty which in many ways predetermined friendly and allied relations between Russia and Germany that were maintained for the most of the nineteenth century.
Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna gave birth to four sons from whom all the following generations of the Romanov Dynasty were descended. All their descendants living today are also descendants of this Prussian princess.
HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna, attending the opening of the exhibition held in the Hohenzollern Castle
Head of the House of Hohenzollern Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia, the Russian Federation’s Ambassador to Germany Vladimir Grinin, and CEO of the St. Gregory the Theologian Charity Foundation Leonid Sevastianov took part in the opening of the exhibition. Prince Georg Friedrich personally invited his aunt, the Head of the Russian Imperial House, HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna, to attend the opening of the exhibit.
The exhibition The Grimaldis and the Romanovs. Three Centuries of History opened on 7th October 2016 at the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.
The exhibition is one of the main events marking Monaco Days in Russia. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Federal Archives Agency of Russia, the State Archive of the Russian Federation, the Grimaldi Forum, and the New National Museum of Monaco. It tells about the history of relations between Russia and Monaco and of the Russian Imperial House and the House of Grimaldi. In 1917, relations between Monaco and Russia were suspended and restored only in 2006.
Relations between the two dynasties are presented in the official decrees and manifestos, letters and photographs, diaries and commemorative albums, paintings and personal objects. The exhibition, which is arranged in chronological order, will make it possible to go from the Middle Ages to the present day, by comparing parallels between two of the oldest dynasties in Europe. Belonging to the higher strata of the Genoese medieval society, representatives of the House of Grimaldi were actively involved in large-scale colonization of the Black Sea during the Genoese during the 13th-15th centuries. Thus, the Grimaldi’s were directly involved in the exploration and development of future Russian territories.
The exhibition presents 167 archival and museum objects from 11 collections, including the Tretyakov Gallery, Federal Archives Agency of Russia, the State Archive of the Russian Federation, the Public Records Office of the Russian Federation, and the Property Management of his Grace the Prince of Monaco.
One of the key exhibits is the Blue Serpent Clock Egg, presented to Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna by her son Emperor Nicholas II on Easter day, 1895. The Fabergé Imperial Egg was purchased by Prince Rainier III of Monaco in in 1974, in honour of his Silver Jubilee — the 25th anniversary of his accession to the Grimaldi throne.
Through this exhibition, the exhibits from Monaco are for the first time presented in Moscow, some of them have never left the Principality of Monaco. Together with the unique items stored in the Russian collections, they allow visitors to explore the long history of relations between Russia and Monaco, and verify the existence of a mutual interest in culture and science between the two countries.
"A visit to the exhibition is a most captivating journey. Here you can see that the history repeatedly brought these two faraway countries together, so today's very good relations between Russia and Monaco were preceded with powerful boosting in historical perspective", - the director of the Tretyakov Gallery, Zelfira Tregulova pointed out.
The exhibition The Grimaldis and the Romanovs. Three Centuries of History runs from 7th October to 13th November 2016 at the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.
A new exhibition St. Petersburg Art Nouveau. 1890-1910s opened on October 5th at the Hermitage-Kazan Exhibition Centre. The Hermitage-Kazan Exhibition Centre is a subdivision of the Kazan Kremlin State Historical and Architectural Museum-Reserve. The Centre is located on the territory of the Kazan Kremlin in the building of the former Junker School built at the beginning of the 19th century.
The exhibition features more than 150 exhibits - some of which are shown for the first time - from the collection of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. On display are gowns, dresses and accessories in the Art Nouveau style. These are complemented by paintings and photographic portraits of contemporaries, as well as home furnishings, giving visitors a three-dimensional representation of the "ladies 'world" of St. Petersburg at the turn of 19th-20th centuries.
The new artistic style of the late 19th-20th centuries, coincided with the reign of the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II. By the beginning of the XX century Art Nouveau reached the highest point of its development, not only in Europe but also in Russia.
Most of the exhibits originated from the Anichkov and the Winter Palaces in St. Petersburg, from the wardrobes of members of the Romanov dynasty, including Empresses Maria Feodorovna and Alexandra Fyodorovna, and Emperor Nicholas II. These are complemented by additional exhibits from the Yusupov and Shuvalov mansions, from the wardrobes of members of the Russian aristocracy.
The collection of costumes is the largest in Russia. Each gown, dress or uniform is a rare artistic phenomenon, reflecting not only the tastes of the owner, but the major stylistic trends of the time. Each has been painstaking preserved, thanks to the efforts of museum conservators who have restored each costume to their original beauty, thus allowing visitors to appreciate the work of masters of a bygone era.
The exhibition St. Petersburg Art Nouveau. 1890-1910s runs from 5th October 2016 to 9th Apri 2017 at the Hermitage-Kazan Exhibition Centre in Kazan, Russia.
Note: view more than 20 colour photos of the exhibition on the Royal Russia Facebook page.
A new exhibition opened on 31 August at the State Historical Museum in Moscow, which presents for the first time a unique graphic collection of Russian interiors, one of the largest in Russia. The exhibition "Russian Interiors in 19th - Early 20th Century Graphics" presents 60 works made both by recognized masters of the genre of interior graphics, as well as less well-known artists of 19th - early 20th centuries. Visitors will have an opportunity to view the interiors of Imperial and Grand Ducal palaces, urban and rural estates, mansions of St. Petersburg and Moscow, as well as the Assumption Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin and St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg.
Interior themes appeared in Russian art at the turn of 18th-19th centuries, gaining popularity in the second quarter of the 19th century, mainly in paintings. Artists captured living rooms, offices, educational and children's rooms in graphics which have now become important historic documents of the tsarist era, which provide a glimpse of everyday life and styles of interiors of the period.
The exhibition is organized chronologically. The works of the second quarter - the middle of 19th century, the time of greatest prosperity of the interior of the genre, are presented in the first room. The second hall is dedicated to the works of the second half of 19th - early 20th century, a period of historicism and art nouveau.
The centre of the exposition of the second hall is a series of watercolours of state rooms in the summer palace-dacha of Princess Z. I. Yusupova in Tsarskoye Selo, executed the largest master of interior genre by V. S. Sadovnikov in 1872. These watercolours are part of the album, purchased by the State Historical Museum in 2014 at the expense of the Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation. Sadovnikov’s exquisite watercolours are on display at this exhibit for the first time.
Also on display at the exhibition are watercolours from the collection of the State Historical Museum, providing a complete picture of the various stages of development of the interior of the Russian graphic genre of the 19th - early 20th centuries. They showcase a bygone era through works of art, highlighting their importance as pictorial documents of their time.
The exhibition "Russian Interiors in 19th - Early 20th Century Graphics" runs until 28th November, 2016 at the State Historical Museum in Moscow.
To view some of the beautiful graphics on display in the this exhibit, click on the link below to watch a short video (in Russian):
The Wonders of the Tsars Exhibit Opens in Turin Topic: Exhibitions
The Wonders of the Tsars exhibit opened today in the Palace of Venaria (Reggia di Venaria Reale), the former residence of the Royal House of Savoy, situated near Turin.
The exhibition presents the splendour of one of the most sumptuous estates in Europe, comprised of palaces and fountains: large projections, images and around one hundred objects on display, including paintings, dresses, porcelain, tapestry and precious stones from the stately rooms of Peterhof will recreate the spirit of one of the most prestigious residences of the House of Romanov, now a destination of cultural tourism in Russia.
Located in a vast park area on the shore of the Baltic Sea near St. Petersburg, the first palace at Peterhof was built by Peter the Great (hence the residence's name). Over the years splendid buildings and gardens were added to the complex by the sovereigns that followed, from Catherine the Great to Nicholas II.
The display opens with a presentation of Peterhof and the figures that inhabited the residence, starting with a large tapestry of Peter the Great. Some of the objects that follow were purchased by the Romanovs during their travels across Europe on spectacular Grand Tours, while others were commissioned by the Tsars to Russian artisans and craftsmen. Together, they reconstruct the opulence of the Russian court and the relations between the Houses of Romanov and the House of Savoy over the centuries.
The Wonders of the Tsars exhibit runs from 16 July 2016 to 29 January 2017 in the Palace of Venaria (Reggia di Venaria Reale), near Turin, Italy.