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The Third Room

3 september 1999—6 october 1999
October 1999 in St Michael's (Engineers) Castle of the Russian Museum. The exhibition was held in collaboration with the Third Room Foundation (Dusseldorf, Germany) and was based on the theme Children and the Future. It presented works of painting, photography, objects and installations by artists belonging to the various nationalities now living in Germany. The aim of the exhibition was to draw attention to our responsibility towards children and the need to teach them to unite art with reality.
The exhibition is divided in three sections, each of which symbolizes a stage in the development of a child entering society. The first part demonstrates forms adopted from nature: the birth and life conditions of a newly-born infant are recreated and shown as "pliable forms". The second part incarnates the reality that surrounds a child and a succession of influences -that which might be called the "current of experience", to use the term of American psychologist and philosopher William James. The third stage addresses synthesis, when self-conscience and creative work should destroy the walls of "closed reality". A series of meetings and discussions conducted by artists were planned to coincide with the exhibition, as well as a number of master-classes for local young people.
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The Artistic Legacy of the Klodt Family

The Artistic Legacy of the Klodt Family

23 december 2020—12 april 2021

Pyotr Klodt (Peter Jakob Clodt von Jurgensburg, 1805–1867) – was a renowned animalist sculptor, author of a famous group of equestrian statues, the Horse Tamers, installed at the Anichkov Bridge. Pyotr Klodt started an artistic dynasty, which creative heritage now presented in a large exhibition for the first time.

Alexander Benois. On the 150th Anniversary of the Artist’s Birth

Alexander Benois. On the 150th Anniversary of the Artist’s Birth

9 december 2020—10 may 2021

The name of Alexander Benois, a prominent member of the "Mir iskusstva" (World of Art) artistic movement, is closely associated with the "Silver Age" of Russian culture. A highly educated man, a gifted artist who showed his talent in many ways and in various spheres of cultural and humanitarian activities.

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