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FIRST PHOTOBIENNALE OF HISTORICAL AND ARCHIVAL PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE RUSSIAN MUSEUMS, ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES

Supported by:
  • Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation
M. Mikeshin (in the centre) and a Group of Artists in the Garden of the Imperial Academy of Arts. Photograph by A. Kashchenko.1888. Albumen print. Image: 22.9 х 28, sheet: 34.3 х 39.5
17 november 2011—20 january 2012

The exhibition presents the historic and archive photography of the midst of the 19th - first half of the 20th century in the wide thematic range and variety of artistic and technical peculiarities. The exposition including about 400 photographs from the collections of 24 museums, archives and libraries of St Petersburg and Moscow is organized according to the specific features of forming of the collections where these exhibits were originally placed.

The main genres and varieties of the historic and archive photography (the portrait  photography, genre scenes, photo reportage, ethnographical and documental photos) are presented by works by the famous masters of the Russian and foreign photography (A.Davinyon, G.Veninger, M.Abadi, S.Levitsky, A.Denier, I.Bianki, A.Laurens, V.Karrik, A.Karelin, K.Bulla, I.Boldyrev, M.Nappelbaum, K.Arapov, A.Shaikhet, I.Shagin, M.Markov and others). These exhibits show the little-known collections and give viewers an opportunity to appreciate the richness of the photography heritage that is concentrated in the great museums.

The exposition is supplemented by the unique examples of the photo-technique of the midst of the 19th - beginning of the 20th century (cameras, objectives, laboratory techniques and etc. from the collection of the Museum of the History of Photography (St. Petersburg).

V. Makovsky Creating the Portrait of Empress Marie Feodorovna in His Studio. Photograph by K. Bulla. 1911. Silver bromide print. Image: 28.7 х 22.6, sheet: 32.1 х 24.6 F. Moller. Photograph by G. Auger.1860s. Albumen print. Image: 24.1 х 19.3, sheet: 39.8 х 30.3 P. Brullov in the Studio in the Russian Museum. Unknown photographer. 1900s. Silver bromide print. Image: 28.6 х 23.1 , sheet: 50.5 х 35.2 Portrait of V. Stasov. Photograph by K. Bulla. Early 1900s. Silver bromide print. Image: 29.6 х 21.8, sheet: 30.3 х 22.4 N. Kharitonov in His Studio. Photograph by Y. Steinberg. 20 January 1915. Silver bromide print (?). 17.7х 23.4 K. Somov in Aladdin Dress. Photograph by F. Boissonnas and F. Eggler atelier.1906 - 1907. Albumen print, sepia. Image: 15 х 9.7, sheet: 28.4 х 21.2 Somov Family in their Country-House in Pavlovsk. Unknown photographer. 1892. Silver bromide print. Image: 17.6 х 22.8., sheet: 24 х 33.9

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The Light of Learning: Publishing and Educational Posters from the Collection of the Russian Museum

The Light of Learning: Publishing and Educational Posters from the Collection of the Russian Museum

16 december 2020—30 march 2021

The exhibition features posters from the collection of the Russian Museum, relating to education in Russia in the first third of the twentieth century. The exposition includes about 120 works of agitation art of the widest thematic range - from narrow advertising in bookstores, publishing houses and libraries to large-scale propaganda of reading, getting knowledge and education.

Gifts to the Russian Museum from Artists and Collectors. Selected Works. 1898–2019

Gifts to the Russian Museum from Artists and Collectors. Selected Works. 1898–2019

29 july—30 november 2020

To mark the 125th anniversary of the Russian Museum, such an exhibition will be shown in all of its palaces, bringing together items of different epochs and donors, including the imperial family (Alexander III, Nicholas II, Grand Dukes), famous patrons of the arts and many others. General sponsor of the exhibition - VTB Bank.

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