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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. 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 21 October, 2015


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Exhibition: Boris Godunov. From a Courtier to the Sovereign of All Russia
Topic: Exhibitions

The exhibition Boris Godunov. From a Courtier to the Sovereign of All Russia opened on October 16th, in the Assumption Belfry and the One-Pillar Chamber of the Patriarch’s Palace of the Moscow Kremlin. It is the first exhibition dedicated to one of the greatest figures in the Russian history – Boris Godunov (1551-1605), who ruled the Tsardom of Russia as de facto regent from c. 1585 to 1598 and then as the first non-Rurikid tsar from 1598 to 1605. The end of his reign saw Russia descend into the Time of Troubles. He was a man of marked individuality whose amazing and tragic life has been attracting historians and specialists in literature for a long time. This sovereign’s image is depicted in various works of art, music, and drama.

The exhibition represents around 150 items, dating back to the turn of the 17th century, provided by the leading Russian museums – the State Tretyakov Gallery, The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, The State Hermitage, The State Historical Museum and other museums, as well as the largest libraries and the Russian State Archive of Ancient Documents.

The exhibition highlights the milestones of Boris Godunov’s life, stages of his state activity and the most important aspects of his foreign policy, and it familiarizes the visitors with the rich cultural heritage of the Godunov’s epoch.

The display includes masterpieces of icon painting, book miniature, pictorial and decorative embroidery, jewelry and arms from the golden fund of the Russian art. Many of these remarkable exhibits, distinguished by the skillful execution and splendor of décor, are made by the order of Boris Godunov and his relatives. This certainly attests to fastidious taste in art of the representatives of this family, which added its own page to the history of the Medieval Russian culture. The exhibition also presents items of significant importance, such as written manuscripts, rare books and memoirs of witnesses of the events of that time. The core of the exhibition is formed by artifacts from the collection of the Moscow Kremlin Museums. They are key objects from the permanent display, such as the Monomakh’s Cap and the throne of Boris Godunov, as well as items from the storage, such as the Godunov's Book of Psalms with unique miniatures.

Extant monuments of the Godunov’s epoch form the single layer of the artistic heritage of the Muscovy, and characterize this historical period as the time of the flowering of the traditional artistic tendencies, brought to perfection by a vertuoso performance.

The exhibition Boris Godunov. From a Courtier to the Sovereign of All Russia runs from October 16, 2015 – January 31, 2016, in the Exhibition hall of the Assumption Belfry, the One-Pillar Chamber of the Patriarch’s Palace in the Moscow Kremlin.

© The Moscow Kremlin Museums / Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 21 October, 2015


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Wednesday, 19 August 2015
Forgotten for a Century, Illuminated for Today
Topic: Exhibitions

Archpriest Alexei Maltsev, who kept his vow to preserve the rare collection. Photo © Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts just opened a new exhibition entitled "A Collection Forgotten for a Century." The 300 or so items in the exhibit are medals, coins and tokens forming part of a collection previously held in the Museum of Russian History Abroad in Berlin, founded by the Brotherhood of St. Vladimir.

And therein lies a tale.

The Brotherhood of St. Vladimir was founded in Berlin in 1890 by archpriest Alexei Maltsev, the prior of the church of the Russian embassy in the German capital. As the oldest Russian benevolent society in Germany, the Brotherhood provided refuge for emigrating Russians who had fallen on hard times. Its eminent members included representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church, aristocracy, diplomats, bankers and even members of the Romanov dynasty.

Maltsev opened the Museum of Russian History Abroad in 1897 and began to build up its collection of coins, medals, prints and various religious items from objects donated by the Brotherhood's members, either brought over from Russia or acquired in Germany. At the outbreak of the First World War, however, the Brotherhood was forced to suspend its activities. Maltsev left Berlin and died a year later in Kislovodsk, and the museum and its collection were thought to have been lost.

But Maltsev had declared that "the purpose of the Historical Museum is the acquisition and preservation of these monuments," and preserve them he did. Before Maltsev left Berlin, he handed the museum's collection over to a German named Oscar Kvaas, whose daughter, Elizabeth, in turn donated the collection to the USSR in 1956. Despite having theoretically been in the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts' archive for almost 60 years, only the letter of donation from Kvaas, rediscovered in 2010, shed light on the collection. And so, after five years of research and identification, it is just over a century since these objects have been on display to the public.

Not all of the Brotherhood's collection is on display at this exhibition, but its curator, Ulyana Volkova, said that they are showing "the most interesting coins and medals — they are exhibits which could also be considered to be pieces of art." The objects in the exhibition come from far and wide, and while at first glance they might not seem particularly interesting, each medal, coin and token has a very specific story. For instance, on display are two medals of unassuming appearance. On closer inspection, one is revealed to be a commemorative token celebrating the opening of the Bronze Horseman monument in St. Petersburg in 1782. The other is a satirical coin made in France to "celebrate" the country's defeat in the Franco-Prussian War. The inscription reads: "Napoleon III, The Miserable, 80,000 prisoners."

Many of the objects — some delicate, others massive — focus on Russian history, both military and general. They mark major events in the country's past, often with emphasis on conflicts, emperors and empresses, and religious commemorations such as the 900th anniversary of the Christianization of Kievan Rus in 1888, courtesy of the Brotherhood's namesake, Prince Vladimir. This said, they are not exclusively Russian artifacts, and present in the exhibition are coins from England, France, Germany, Austria and Poland, as well as Ancient Greek and Roman coins dating as far back as 479 B.C. 
© The Moscow Times. 19 August, 2015


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Sunday, 2 August 2015
30.000 Visitors Attend Romanov Exhibition in Serbia
Topic: Exhibitions

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch visits the exhibition “Four Centuries of the Imperial House of the Romanovs
– Awakening of Memories” at the crypt of the Memorial Cathedral of Saint Sava in Vracar
On the occasion of the end of the exhibition “Four Centuries of the Imperial House of the Romanovs – Awakening of Memories” at the crypt of the Memorial Cathedral of Saint Sava in Vracar, yesterday this unique space, since it was used for the first time as an exhibition area, was visited by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch.

His Holiness was welcomed by Their Royal Highnesses Prince Peter and Crown Prince Alexander Karadjordjevic, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Belgrade Mr. Alexander Chepurin, head of the Saint Sava Cathedral protopresbyter-stavrophor Radivoj Panic and the chief architect of the Cathedral Professor Dr. Vojislav Milovanovic, as well as members of the Society for the construction of the Cathedral, who also organized this magnificent exhibition. The attendees were guided through the exhibition by architect Dragomir Acovic.

According to the estimates, over the past two weeks the exhibition “Four Centuries of the Imperial House of the Romanovs – Awakening of Memories” at the crypt of the Memorial-Cathedral of Saint Sava in Vracar has been seen by more than 30.000 visitors.
© Serbian Orthodox Church. 02 August, 2015 

The exhibition officially opened on the 17th July, the day of martyrdom and celebration of St. Tsar Nikolai II and his family, and featured 500 exhibits
The exhibition "Four centuries of the House of Romanov - Awakening Memory” staged in the crypt of the Memorial Temple of Saint Sava, on the occasion of 400 years since the entry of the Romanovs to the Russian throne. after the Holy Liturgy, served by Serbian Patriarch Irinej, the exhibition was officially opened on the 17th July, the day of martyrdom and celebration of St. Tsar Nikolai II Romanov and his family.

Exhibition is divided into four connected units that show the emergence and strengthening of the dynasty, relations with the Serbian people and the collapse of the empire. It was prepared with historical photographs of Karl Bulla, who was the official photographer of the Imperial Palace over a long period of time, and partly with original photos, reproductions, copies of paintings, graphics and other illustrative material. The exhibits include original personal photographs of the Russian imperial Romanov family, and a part of the collection of the imperial photographer discovers the special ties the of Russian family with the Serbian and Montenegrin royal family.

There are around 500 original exhibits, which provide an overview of the historical events in Russia during the four centuries of rule of the famous family. There are also reproductions of paintings, created before the invention of photography. With many notes of the rulers from the Romanov dynasty, the exhibition is also a reminder of the fact that the period of their rule left a deep mark in the history of not only the Russian Empire, but also of the entire world.

Visitors to the exhibition had the opportunity to see photographs of the Serbian and Montenegrin delegation at the Emperor's wedding, Russian medals given to representatives of the Serbian people, Serbian and Montenegrin kinship tree with the royal family, and the photograph of the Pirot carpet that was brought to Russia as a wedding gift is presented...

It is known that Tsar Nikolai harbored great sympathy towards Serbia and the Serbian people. At the time of his reign, many Serbs lived at the court, and the Serbian King Peter's daughter was married to one of the Romanovs. Two daughters of Montenegrin King Nikola were also married to Romanovs.

The imperial Romanov dynasty ruled Russia from 1613 to the October Revolution, when, without trial, seventeen members of the royal family were killed.

The Russian Orthodox Church canonized Tsar Nikolai II and members of the Romanov imperial family in 2000. Their religious holiday is on 17 July, which is why the opening of the exhibition was preceded by Holy Liturgy, which was served by Serbian Patriarch Irinej in the Temple of St. Sava.

The exhibition "Four centuries of the House of Romanov - Awakening Memory" was organized by the Society to raise the Temple of Saint Sava, headed by Serbian Patriarch and the President of the Republic.

This exhibition also reminds us of the fact that the Serbian people and Russia are connected with numerous threads. During the reign of the Romanovs, especially during the wars of liberation and independence of Serbia and the Great War, Nikolai II crucially influenced the change of attitude of the great powers towards Serbia and stood up for Serbia when it was threatened with destruction. 
© Odbrana Serbia. 02 August, 2015


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Saturday, 18 July 2015
Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich and Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna in the Mirror of the Russian Media 1884-1905
Topic: Exhibitions

On July 15th the Elisabeth Sergei Educational Society (ESPO) opened a new exhibition at the Patriarchal Compound Church on Blood in Honour of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land in Ekaterinburg, with the blessing of Metropolitan Kirill of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturye. The exhibition is part of this years Royal Days Festival in the Urals, and runs until August 30, 2015.  

The exhibit takes a look at Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich and Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna in the Russian media during the years 1884 to 1905. It includes items gathered from museum and private collections in Moscow and Ekaterinburg.

The exhibition has been organized by the Elisabeth Sergei Educational Society (ESPO) and includes not only rare photos, but also original materials of the periodical press of the time, which reflect significant events in the private and public life of Grand Duke Sergei and Grand Duchess Elizabeth.

Admission to the exhibition is free. Everyone who visited the exhibition on the opening day received a free booklet in the form of an old paper richly illustrated with historical photographs of the grand ducal couple, dating from the late 19th - early 20th centuries.
The exhibition the Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich and Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna in the Mirror of Russian Media 1884-1905, runs until 30th August at the Patriarchal Compound, Church on Blood in Honour of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land in Ekaterinburg. Admission is free.

Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich and Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna were married on June 15, 1884 in the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg.  In the spring of 1891, Emperor Alexander III appointed Sergei as Governor General of Moscow, a position he served until his assassination on February 17, 1905. Grand Duke Sergei’s body was buried in a crypt of the Chudov Monastery within the precincts of the Moscow Kremlin. A memorial cross was erected on the spot where he was killed. After the downfall of the Romanovs, the cross was destroyed, the Chudov Monastery was destroyed by the Soviets in 1928. In 1990, building workers in the Kremlin discovered the Grand Duke’s remains, covered with the military greatcoat of the Kiev regiment, decorations, and an icon. In 1995, the coffin was officially exhumed, and after a Panikhida in the Kremlin Cathedral of the Archangel, it was reburied in a vault of the Novospassky Monastery in Moscow on September 17, 1995.

After Sergei’s death, Elisabeth wore mourning clothes and in 1909, she sold off her magnificent collection of jewels and other luxurious possessions. With the proceeds she founded the Convent of Saints Martha and Mary in Moscow and became its abbess. She soon opened a hospital, a chapel, a pharmacy and an orphanage on its grounds. Elizabeth and her nuns worked tirelessly among the poor and the sick of Moscow. Elizabeth's many charitable efforts included visiting Moscow’s worst slums, doing  all she could to help alleviate the suffering of the poor. In 1918, Lenin ordered the Cheka to arrest Elizabeth. On July 17th, Grand Duchess Elizabeth, along with Varvara Yakovleva, a sister from the Grand Duchess's convent, and some of her Romanov relations were beaten and thrown into an abandoned mine pit. Her remains were later found and taken to Jerusalem, where they were laid to rest in the Church of Maria Magdalene. 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 18 July, 2015


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Friday, 17 July 2015
Serbian President, Patriarch Open Romanov Exhibition in Belgrade
Topic: Exhibitions

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej on Friday opened the exhibition “Four Centuries of the Imperial House of the Romanovs - Awakening of Memories."

The exhibition was opened in the crypt of the Saint Sava Cathedral in Belgrade.

It showcases the period of the Romanovs' reign and is based on a large number of photographs and reproductions divided into four separate parts, including Serbia-Russia ties, chronology and the tale of the continuation and defence of the Russian Empire, the reign of Nikolai II, and the suffering of the imperial family. 

"Serbs know little about their protectors and friends," Nikolic said, and added that it is Serbia's historical and human debt to remember and bless all the selfless assistance the Romanov family bestowed on the country in the course of history.

The president noted that Serbs made "a heavy sacrifice at the altar of ideology of brotherhood and unity, the Yugoslav identity - the memory of everyone and everything, including the imperial family Romanov." 

The head of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC), Patriach Irinej, recalled that the exhibition opened on July 17 - a tragic day when the imperial family was executed in 1918. 

The exhibition comprises historical photographs of Karl Bulla, a long-time photographer of the Imperial Palace, as well as reproductions, copies of paintings, graphics and other illustrative materials. 

The exhibition will run through July 30. It was organized by the Society for the Construction of Saint Sava's Temple headed by Patriarch Irinej and President Nikolic.

© B92 / Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 17 July, 2015


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Tuesday, 14 July 2015
HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Inaugurates Romanov-Grimaldi Exhibition
Topic: Exhibitions

The Grimaldis and the Romanovs: Three Centuries of History (17th-20th centuries) opened in the Prince’s Palace, the official residence of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco on July 13th. Hosted in the prestigious setting of the Library and Apartments of the Palace, the exhibition aims, through the presentation of archival documents from the Palace Archives in collaboration with the State Archives of the Russian Federation, including paintings, objects of art and other items of historical interest, which trace the dynastic relations between the sovereigns of Russia and Monaco. 

The State Archives of the Russian Federation have loaned the volume of the diary of Nicolas II, in which he refers to the visit of Prince Albert I. It is currently on display in the library of the Prince's Palace, next to the newspaper autographed by the Monegasque ruler, who recounts his meeting with the emperor. Other notable Russian documents on loan include, the original travel documents describing the first Russian ambassador to visit Monaco in 1663; but also an album of photographs, taken in Monte Carlo in 1898 by the Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna, sister of the last tsar.

The State Museum of St. Petersburg has also loaned two portraits of tsars: Alexander I and Alexander III. The Het Loo Palace in the Netherlands, and the Museum of Fine Arts Menton compliment the gallery of the last Russian sovereigns, with busts in bronze of Alexander II, Nicholas II and Alexandra Feodorovna. As for the first Empress Maria Alexandrovna, who arrived in Nice in 1856 turned the Riviera into a fashionable Russian resort. Exhibits marking this include a portrait on loan from the Massena Museum in Nice. 

HSH Prince Albert I of Monaco inaugurates the Romanov-Grimaldi exhibition on July 10th in the Prince's Palace
The House of Grimaldi adopted the title of Prince of Monaco in 1612. It was only a year later, in 1613, that the first Romanov tsar ascended to the Russian throne. 

Relations between the two countries date back to the reigns of Prince Charles III of Monaco and Tsar Alexander II of the Russian Empire. During this period the two nations signed numerous treaties and agreements, including the extradition of criminals, mutual legal assistance, recognition of the civil status of people and for medical aid. After the establishment of the Order of Saint-Charles in Monaco in 1858, Tsar Alexander II became the first member of a royal family to be bestowed the Monegasque award. Consular and diplomatic relations were officially established between the two states in 1877, when Charles III appointed Chevalier Jean Plancher as the Monegasque Consul in St. Petersburg.

At the end of the nineteenth century, the Russian Imperial family discovered the French Riviera and Monte Carlo. Prince Albert I established ties with Russian scholarly, and scientific institutions. He travelled to Russia in 1884 and met with Emperor Alexander III, and many years later, hunted buffalo with Emperor Nicholas II in one of the imperial estates and will be received in Peterhof in 1913. In 1896, Crown Prince Louis led the Monegasque delegation at the coronation of Emperor Nicholas II. 

Following the Russian Revolution of 1917 relations between the two states were suspended. 

The Grimaldis and the Romanovs: Three Centuries of History runs from 13 July to 6 September, 2015 in the Prince’s Palace, Monaco. 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 14 July, 2015


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Monday, 6 July 2015
Exhibition - The Romanovs: St. Petersburg to Saint-Briac
Topic: Exhibitions

A unique exhibition, The Romanovs: St. Petersburg to Saint-Briac opened on July 4th at the Convent de Sagesse in the Breton town of Dinan, France. The exhibition recounts the saga of Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich, who along with his family moved to Saint-Briac in 1921.

In 1924 the Grand Duke Kirill became head of the Imperial House of Russia, then in 1929 curator of the Romanov throne. For 80 years, four generations of Romanovs lived on the "Emerald Coast" of north-westFrance. It was here that their home became a meeting place of the crowned heads of Europe, and served as the heart of Russian Legitimist movement for many years.  

In October 1917, the Bolsheviks took power in Russia. Emperor Nicholas II was murdered on July 17th, 1918. His murder brought an end to the monarchy in Russia. His cousin, the Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovitch (1876-1938) took refuge in the small Breton village of Saint-Briac, with his wife Grand Duchess Victoria Feodorovna (1876-1936) and their three children: Maria (1907-1951), Kira (1909-1967) and Vladimir (1917-1992).  

The exhibition is spread throughout five rooms, and includes over 300 items from Russian and French private collections. These include portraits of the imperial family, busts, engravings, porcelain, silverware and personal items of the Imperial family, imperial orders of Grand Duke Kirill, a collection of cigarette cases of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich, fans of the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna,  and Fabergé objects of vertu of the Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna. 
The first room is devoted to Alexander II, the grandfather of Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovitch. The last room of the exhibition is considered the highlight of the Romanovs in Saint-Briac. Organizers wanted to involve the locals, many of them donating framed photographs and other historical memorabilia to the exhibit.

The exhibition was organized by the Dr. Marc Bonnel, President of the History and Heritage Association (L'association Histoire et patrimoine du Pays), Vincent Denby-Wilkes, Mayor of Saint-Briac-sur-mer,and Cyrille Boulay, an historian and art expert, and one of today's leading specialists on the Romanovs and Imperial Russia.
The Head of the Russian Imperial House, HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna presided over the opening of the exhibition on July 3rd. She was accompanied by her son, Grand Duke George Mikhailovich, and Alexander Konstantinovich Orlov, Russia’s Ambassador to France. 

A gala dinner was held that evening at the Casino Barriere Dinard, under the patronage and in presence of their Imperial Highnesses the Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna and the Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia.

Organizers have prepared a 116-page catalogue (in French). The first part of the catalogue is dedicated to the more than 300 items from the exhibition, and the history of Emperors Alexander II, Alexander III, and Nicholas II and Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich. The second part is dedicated to the family in exile in Saint-Briac with many testimonies of local inhabitants. 

The exhibition, The Romanovs: St. Petersburg to Saint-Briac runs until August 30, 2015 at the Convent de Sagesse in the Breton town of Dinan, France
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 06 July, 2015


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