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4th Biennale of Historical and Archival Photography from Russian Museums and Archives

Boys fishing from the raft in the middle of the Oka river. Photographer D.Smirnov. 1907-1910.
22 december 2021—30 may 2022

The exhibition continues the Russian Museum project of the systematic display of Russian photography, which began in 2011, the purpose of which was to draw attention to the Russian photographic heritage.

Photographic collections of the largest museums in the country are well known. However, regional museums and archives in Russia also have significant collections of photographs. They include works by provincial photographers from amateur and family archives.

For a long time, these collections were on the periphery of the attention of specialists, without display and study, in closed archival files and funds and were not available to the general public. In the last decade, due to the increased interest in Russian history, the idea came up that not only the masterpieces of photographic art are worthy of research and audience recognition. "Ordinary" photographs that reflects the everyday life of a huge country are an essential part of visual culture, that captures the image of a bygone time.

The Biennale of Historical and Archival Photography once again presents inaccessible photo collections of regional museums. The exhibition will show 144 photographs from museums in Voronezh, Ivangorod, Nizhny Novgorod, Rybinsk, Ryazan, Simferopol, Omsk, Pskov, Uglich, Yakutsk. The exposition is structured as a consistent story about the cultural, everyday and political life of Russia in the 1870s - 1930s.

Sevastopol. Count’s pier. Meeting the Vice Admiral M.D. Novikov Unknown photographer. Early 1890-s. Flood in Omsk 6-8 May 1928. Flooded Lenina street from the City Council Square. Photographer I. Shulpin. Fishing nets knitting in village Shebaevo near Ryazan.  Photographer A. Kurochkin. 1913. Anatoly Durov in circus suit. Riga. Unknown photographer. 1920-s. First Komsomol members of Klimatino village near Uglich. Unknown photographer. 1 May 1920. A.Mikhalkova and N.Khlebnikova with bicycles near the house in Petrovskoe manor near Rybinsk. Unknown photographer. Late 1890-s. Volyshevo, Vassilchikovy and Stroganovy’s Estate near Pskov. The kennel. Photographer V.Proskuryakov. 1910-s. Pioneer Summer Camp near Leningrad. Unknown photographer. 1925.

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30 paintings from the life of Peter the Great

30 paintings from the life of Peter the Great

9 june—9 august 2022

The exhibition “30 paintings from the life of Peter the Great” is taking place on the Field of Mars in Saint Petersburg. The project is a reconstruction of an exhibit that was held 150 years ago at the same location and is dedicated to the 350th anniversary of the first Russian emperor. Fourteen original paintings from the 1872 exhibition were discovered in the State Russian Museum’s funds. They were digitally restored and will be exhibited in the form of outstanding quality canvas prints. The honour to fill the gaps and create modern interpretations of the same historical subjects was granted to the students, alumni and professors of Saint-Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts.

Nicholas Roerich. In Search of Shambala

Nicholas Roerich. In Search of Shambala

27 september 2019—1 march 2020

An exhibition held at the Malaga Branch of the Russian Museum presents more than seventy paintings by Nicholas Roerich, dedicated to the influence of culture on religion and vice-versa, and reflecting the spiritual quest of the artist.

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