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.
Home and Family. Images of Peaceful Life
16 december 2022—20 june 2023
The Russian Museum exhibition project Artists on War and Peace can be seen as a diptych comprised of two exhibitions: Images of Military Life in Russian Art of the 16th to 20th Centuries and Home and Family. Images of Peaceful Life. They explore two existential aspects of human life perceived as polar opposites. The first half of the diptych features scenes of everyday life during wartime, while the other focuses on the theme of the home and family as guardian of the moral values of the Russian people.
Images of Military Life in Russian Art from the 16th to the 20th Centuries
20 october 2022—9 may 2023
Images of Military Life is an extensive exhibition featuring icons, paintings, sculptures, and applied and decorative artworks from the 16th through 20th centuries, most of them extracted from the museum’s repositories. It continues the Russian Museum’s time-honoured tradition of offering the public, from time to time, a broader perspective on its treasures and the magnitude of its collections.
The collection of masterpieces, chosen by the Russian Museum will allow you to make a first impression of the collection of the Russian Museum.
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