Faberge to Headline Kremlin
Exhibition Agenda for 2011

The Armoury Museum is home to no less than 10 of the fabulous Imperial Easter Eggs, among other Faberge treasures

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The Moscow Kremlin Museum has published the details of its largest exhibition projects for 2011. These exhibitions are dedicated to the art of great Russian jeweller Carl Faberge, the treasures of the Italian Medici dynasty and the work of outstanding French fashion designer Paul Poiret.

April will see the Moscow Kremlin Museum open an exhibition named “Carl Faberge and Masters of Stone-Cutting” which comprises works of art from 17 museums of the world. The Kremlin Museum has only a small collection of Faberge items: famous Easter eggs with a surprise inside, commissioned by the Russian Imperial Court. The aim of the exhibition is not only to showcase this collection but to introduce works by Faberge’s predecessors, whose traditions paved the way for Faberge and his contemporaries both in Russia and abroad, says the deputy director of the Kremlin Museum Zelfira Tregulova.

“This is the first time that an impressive number of museum pieces from Siberia and the Ural Mountains will be brought to Moscow. We would like to show the historical development: works by craftsmen from the Yekaterinburg, Kolyvan and St. Petersburg stone-cutting workshops at the turn of the 19th century. As we introduce Faberge and his contemporaries, we first turn to the Urals stone-cutters whose work made a great impact on famous jewellers of the late 18th-early 19th centuries who were employed by the Russian Imperial Court. Among the exhibits to be brought from abroad are items made of precious and semi-precious stones that belong to the Cartier company. These pieces rather rarely leave Cartier’s depository in Geneva. It will be very interesting to compare how Cartier, Faberge and other jewellers of that period treated similar materials and similar subjects.”

A series of exhibitions named “World Treasuries” allowed the Moscow Kremlin Museum to demonstrate the jewellery room of Augustus the Strong from Dresden, Indian jewellery of the Mughals period and art collections of French kings from the Louvre. This year, the series will be continued by an exhibition of the Medici collection from the museums of Florence within the framework of the Russian-Italian cultural exchange year.

“We are going to show treasures that are famous all over the world, - says expert Zelfira Tregulova. – They belonged to a well-known dynasty which reigned in Florence from the 15th to the early 18th century. These treasures served as a model for many collections of European monarchs. The Medici collection will be displayed in chronological order, starting with the treasures of Lorenzo il Magnifico and finishing with the collection of Anna Maria Louise de Medici, the last representative of that dynasty, who bequested all the Medici treasures to the city of Florence. The collection includes luxurious vessels made of semi-precious stones, mostly Antique or Byzantine, and mind-boggling cameos and unparalleled jewellery of the Renaissance period.”

An exhibition named “Paul Poiret – the Fashion King” is to consist of pieces from the Fashion Museum in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. However, in connection with a recent problem in the Russian-American cultural exchange, there is no guarantee that the Metropolitan Museum pieces will arrive in Moscow in September. But there is still hope.

“This exhibition, - Zelfira Tregulova says, - will be the first one to showcase the work of Paul Poiret in Russia. He was a real genius who set the course of fashion development in the 20th century. He was the first to introduce Oriental elements into fashion, such as turbans, wide trousers and tunics with lots of embroidery and beading. Incidentally, he was deeply impressed by Diaghilev’s Russian Seasons. This exhibition is sure to become a feast for the eyes and give fashion designers an impetus for new solutions,” believes expert Zelfira Tregulova.

The Moscow Kremlin Museum is sending two large exhibitions abroad. “The Kremlin Treasury” is a response of sorts to Florence which gives a full picture of the Armoury collection. Meanwhile, an exhibition named “Under the Sceptre of the Romanovs” is dedicated to the Russian royal dynasty and will be shown in Prague.

Sources: The Voice of Russia
11 March, 2011