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St. Isaac's Cathedral: A History

K. Bryullov. Mother of God in Glory. Between 1843 and 1847. Oil on canvas.
22 august—7 october 2018
The creation of one of the most impressive St. Petersburg landmarks, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, is full of mysteries that visitors are hardly aware of. Travel guides often mention that the interior of the cathedral was to be decorated by such prominent masters as Karl Bryullov, Fyodor Bruni, and others. However, in the middle of the 19th century, all the paintings were replaced by mosaics by other artists, making it practically impossible to imagine what St. Isaac’s Cathedral would look like if the initial project had remained intact until the present day.

Luckily, many drawings and cartoons by Bryullov, Bruni, and other well-known artists were preserved at the Russian Museum. Enormous in size (sometimes up to 400 x 300 cm), they have never been on display in the permanent exhibition.

The exhibition at the Benois Wing presents these rare large-scale works, along with many drawings, sketches, and cartoons by K. P. Bryullov, F. A. Bruni, P. V. Basin, and a variety of sculptures, including those on religious subjects and sculptural portraits of the great artists who contributed to the interior décor of St. Isaac’s Cathedral.

The exhibition makes it possible to see the breathtaking project of St. Isaac’s Cathedral as it was conceived, although never realized. 

With the support of Charitable Foundation Lukoil

K. P. Bryullov. Apostle Peter. Cartoon. 1843-1844. K. Bryullov and P. Basin. Ecce Homo. Cartoon. 1843-1850 K. P. Bryullov. Man's Head (John the Baptist). Oil on canvas. 1843-1847 F. A. Bruni. Sun, Moon, and Stars with Groups of Angels (First Day of Creation). Cartoon. 1844-1845

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Headscarves and Shawls in Russia from the 18th to the 21st  Century

Headscarves and Shawls in Russia from the 18th to the 21st  Century

20 december 2018—11 march 2019

The exhibition will present more than 600 works of various types of textile art, painting, graphics, decorative and applied art, and more than 30 costumes, including shawls, headscarves, pashminas, and stoles.

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Karl Marx Forever?

Karl Marx Forever?

17 october 2018—14 january 2019

An exhibition on the occasion of the 200th birth anniversary of Karl Marx offers a comprehensive overview of images of the influential thinker in Russian culture and everyday life from the beginning of the 20th century till nowadays.

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