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Makovsky K. Public Fete During Shrovetide on Admiralty Square in Saint-Petersburg. 1869. Oil on canvas. 215х321
8 december 2011—12 march 2012

For the first time the exhibition presents the theme of holiday in the Russian art of the 18th - 20thcenturies so fully and widely. The exposition includes about 250 paintings, graphic works, the works of the applied and folk art from the collection of the Russian Museum.

The Christianity and paganism, rural and town culture, spiritual and flesh, Russian and foreign were combined in the Russian holidays for many centuries. The exhibition gives the viewer an opportunity to trace the evolution of the theme of holiday from the beginning of the 18th century when the state and folk holidays as well as their rites, customs and traditions for the first time appeared in the creative oeuvre of the Russian artists. The Easter divine services, religious processions, balls, colourful Carnival festivals and the other plots are reflected in the paintings and graphic works, in the articles of the Emperor Porcelain Factory and in the works by folk masters.

The special section of the exposition is devoted to the image of the Soviet Holidays. In the canvases by I.Brodsky, P.Buchkin, A.Samokhvalov, A.Gerasimov alongside with the posters and the examples of the applied arts the official state holidays and memorable dates (May Day, Victory Day, 7 November) are presented as the imposing action - demonstration, parade, solemn gathering, labor initiative, or the modest family ritual. Another, everyday or religious aspect of this theme is revealed in the works by J.Kugach, Z.Arshakuni, T.Nazarenko and the other artists of the second half of the 20th - beginning of the 21th century.

Korzukhin A. Hen party. 1889.Oil on canvas. 93.5х153 Petrov N. Examining a Bride. 1861.Oil on canvas.103х148 Popov A. Fair Booths in Tula During Holy Week.1873.Oil on canvas. 29х45 Atkinson J.A. Tobogganing on the Neva.1792. Oil on canvas. 81x107 Kustodiev B. Fairground Booth. 1917. Oil on canvas. 80х93 Gagarin G. Ball at Princess Maria Baryatinskaya’s Palace.1834. 1834.Бумага, акварель, гуашь, тушь, лак.16х18,4 Filonov P. Shrovetide and Exit from Winter to Summer. 1913 -1914. Холст, масло. 79х99

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