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Mark Wallinger. Threshold to the Kingdom (An exhibition held in the context of PROSMOTR Festival of Video Art) (The Ludwig Museum in the Russian Museum)

19 november 2003—18 january 2004
Painter, sculptor, and videoartist, Mark Wallinger is on of the most famous modern British artists. He belongs to the generation of Young British Artists. "Threshold to the Kingdom" is a slowed video-projection shot at the arrivals airport gate. Accompanied with the soundtrack of Allegri's Miserere, automatic doors open and close slowly letting through arriving passengers and cockpit personnel. During eleven minutes, those who have arrived overpass -individually and in groups - the official border between the heavens and the earth. Righteous men descend to the earth (from neutral no-man to state controlled territory). They are not deprived of human emotions: joy of meeting, tiredness, confusion. Airport gates, made of opaque reflective glass, appear to be gates to heaven; an airport employee, sitting quietly at the table to the left of the gates, - apostle Peter, who looks after heavens' messengers and let them in to the Paradise; a table lamp - biblical light.
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Alexander III. Collector and Patron

Alexander III. Collector and Patron

18 march—10 may 2020

February 26, 2020, marks the 175th anniversary of the birth of Emperor Alexander III, whose name was given to The State Russian Museum in April 1895. Special mention is made of Alexander III's merits in museum construction and art education, which was due to his undoubted passion for history and fine arts.

The Art of the Belskys

The Art of the Belskys

6 february—9 march 2020

Belsky brothers (Ivan (1719-1799), Alexey (1729-1796) and Efim (1730-1778)) were the greatest masters of the painting team of The Chancellery (later The Office) of buildings of Her Imperial Majesty. For more than half a century they performed the most responsible painting work commissioned by Empresses Elizabeth and Catherine the Great.

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