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Anna Bocharova. Demidov Bridge. 2006
16 may—25 june 2018
The history of postcards dates back to the 1860s when it became possible and soon widely popular to mail a card without an envelope. In the late 19th century, photo studios began to appear, producing, among other things, images for postcards. 

It became popular among European travelers to send short notes illustrated by landmark views. This trend reached Russia as well. In the mid-1890s, Saint Petersburg stores began to sell postcards with city views. During the Soviet period, such postcards were no less widespread. In Leningrad, they were manufactured by the state photographic enterprise Lenfotokhudozhnik. 

In 2016, creative association Stereoskop revived the tradition of printing postcards with the views of St. Petersburg, having invited well-known local photographers to take part in the project Photographic Postcards. Each participant printed six photographs about the size of a postcard. Then, a drawing by artist Alexander Florensky was silk-printed on the reverse side of the original hand-crafted silver gelatin print. The series is a limited edition, with just 21 made with each photograph. 

Each photographic postcard presents an original perspective on the iconic landmarks of St. Petersburg: from splendid panoramas and famous monuments to the rustling leaves of the Summer Garden and arrogant silence of contemporary buildings and industrial zones. 

Participants: Elena Agafonova, Anna Bocharova, Oleg Vereshchagin, Vasily Vorontsov, Dmitry Goryachev, Lyudmila Grigorieva, Sergey Gurin, Natalia Zakharova, Alexei Zelensky, Dmitry Konradt, Grigory Kravchenko, Nadezhda Kuznetsova, Igor Lebedev, Petr Lebedev, Yuri Molodkovets, Dmitry Popov, Alexey Savkin, Vitaly Smirnov, Maria Snigirevskaya, Andrei Strelnikov, Lyudmila Tabolina, Alexander Filippov, Natalia Chebotareva, Andrei Chezhin, Alexander Chernogrivov, Sergey Shcherbakov. 

Alexander Chernogrivov. Lomonosov Bridge. 2007 Dmitry Goryachev. St. Michael's Castle. 2016 Yuri Molodkovets. Angel. 2003 Alexander Florensky. Address side.

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Lazar Khidekel (1904–1986). Towards the History of the Russian Avant-Garde

Lazar Khidekel (1904–1986). Towards the History of the Russian Avant-Garde

21 november 2018—21 january 2019

The exhibition will present over 80 works by Lazar Khidekel — a prominent figure of the Russian avant-garde — from the collection of the architect's family.

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St. Petersburg from the 1850s to the 1910s in Photorgraphs

St. Petersburg from the 1850s to the 1910s in Photorgraphs

27 september—12 november 2018

Historic events, everyday life of the city, and St. Petersburg places of interest depicted in photographs and postcards of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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