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Russian folk toy

27 june 2002—1 october 2002
All the exhibits, the total number of which is about 1000, come from collection of the Russian museum and introduce all the main centres where folk toys have been being made for the previous 2 centuries. These include wide-known ones - Sergiev Posad, Dymkovo, Bogorodskoye, as well as those that are little known to the general public. The toy is a wonderful and surprisingly various field of folk art. It can sometimes combine diametrically opposed principles. At the one hand, the folk toy has a settled and not wide range of subjects (woman figure, horse, bird), on the other hand, these subjects vary both in contents of images and in different materials. Probably, in toys indissolubility of craft and art can be seen more obviously than in other kinds of folk art. In some areas people made toys just for their children, and in the other they were made for sale, the fact which contributed to arising there special centres where skill was handed from generation to generation, and distinctive features of local art were formed. They started to collect and scrutinize folk toy not earlier than at the end of XIXc., the time by which earlier toys had not remained. Such artists as A.N.Benoi, V.V.Mate, M.V.Dobuzhinsky, A.I.Denshin were among the first collectors of folk toys. The exhibition showcases articles made of such popular in Russian folk art materials as clay and wood, as well as more rare ones, like straw, cones, birch bark, rags, bread-crumb, bone, etc.
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Folk Art of Nizhny Novgorod

Folk Art of Nizhny Novgorod

21 december 2017—26 march 2018

The exhibition amasses impressive handiwork by artisans of the Niznny Novgorod Region, including unique pieces of Khokhloma and Gorodets painting, metalware, women costumes, wooden toys, and ceramic ware.

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Henryk Siemiradzki and Russian Artists’ Colony in Rome

Henryk Siemiradzki and Russian Artists’ Colony in Rome

20 december 2017—2 april 2018

Henryk Siemiradzki (1843–1902), graduate of the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, is one of the most prominent masters of the late 19th century European academic painting. His career in art was closely interwoven with Rome. The exhibition will unite 125 artworks by Siemiradzki and his contemporaries, Russian academic painters and sculptors, who worked in the Eternal City in the second half of the 19th century and the early 20th century.

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