- EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS
- PERMANENT EXPOSITION
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At the display of decorative and applied art of the late XVIII–early XX centuries viewers can enjoy artworks of Russian masters created during the period from the time of Peter I reforms to the early XX century.
The hall of the late XVII–XVIII centuries art represents the creations of Russian glass makers, ceramists, enamel masters, bone carvers, etc. Their works include gorgeous engraved crystal gift goblets from the Empress Elizabeth of Russia and Catherine the Great periods.
The collection of artworks produced by the Imperial Porcelain Factory and the early works of F. Gardner's Factory are the result of a great collecting effort. Unique creations of Kholmogory bone carvers are also featured among the masterpieces of the museum collection.
Rare pieces of furniture include a Jacob armchair, cabinet and vitrine. The vitrine is decorated with a bronze clock featuring the figures of Amor and Psyche, and the fluted column is crowned with a stone vase decorated with bronze produced by the Imperial Peterhof Lapidary Works.
The hall of Russian Empire presents a set of mahogany furniture created for the Cavalier Building in Peterhof in the first third of the XIX century. Its monumental forms and heavy carved decorations painted in bronze precede the artistic ideas of the late classicism in the Nicholas I period.
A set of mahogany furniture of greater intimacy and integrity arrived here from the palace of Prince Gagarin in the Novinsky Avenue. The interiors of the house were designed by Architect O. I. Bové in 1820s.
A set of painted panels inspired by The Iliad and made in metal also deserves your attention. Earlier, the panels were set in a screen and stayed in the Anichkov Palace of St. Petersburg.
The Minin and Pozharsky bronze clock is unique in its reflection of the patriotic moods of the Russian society during that period.
Extremely rare metal painted trays created in 1830–1840s are displayed for the first time, just as the delicate beadweaving miniatures (1820–1830s).
The halls presenting the art of mid to late XIX century under the common title of In the Rooms recreate corners of a lady's dressing room and a man's study.
This exhibit is filled with the atmosphere of private life in the 1830–1860s which was to a significant degree retained in the course of further decades, despite an active transformation of the living space interior by Art Nouveau.
The Neo-Classicism hall presents a typical hall and sets of costumes and accessories from the second half of the XIX century. Showcases contain porcelain and glass products created at the Imperial Porcelain Factory (the Imperial Glass Factory had been a subdivision of the porcelain factory since 1890s) and metalwork products of the Art Nouveau and Neo-Classicism periods.
The final touch of this enfilade is the halls presenting one of the most brilliant and original phenomena in Russian culture – the national version of Art Nouveau, the "Russian Revival". Here visitors can view the works of the prominent artists of this trend, such as M. Vrubel, A. Golovin, S. Malyutin, A. Zinovyev, and others. The exquisite ornamentality of Art Nouveau is intertwined with the original interpretation of old Russian motifs, samples from old Russian and peasant art in their oeuvre.
The central exhibit of the hall bearing the name of M. Vrubel is the splendid mantelpiece titled The Meeting of Volga Svyatoslavich and Mikula Selyaninovich, produced after the design of M. Vrubel in the ceramic workshops in Abramtsevo, a Moscow Region estate owned by the famous Russian industrialist and patron of arts S. I. Mamontov. The genius of Russian painting and graphic art was no less brilliant and unique in this manifestation of his talent in the sphere of decorative and applied art, and ceramic sculptures and the unique Czar Saltan tapestry, which has no analogues in the museum collections of Russia, are an evidence of that.
Other exhibits of the hall also demonstrate the original nature of Russian Art Nouveau that won world recognition at the World Expo 1900 in Paris, where many of them decorated the majestic Russian pavilion of the famous exhibition, the first in the XX century.