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Russian Empire Style. Applied Art of the Epoch of Alexander I (1801–1825)

Russian Empire Style. Applied Art of the Epoch of Alexander I (1801–1825)
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Empire style managed to reflect the art foundations of «Alexander’s times» brightly and consistently: its items, which differ in their sizes, materials and aims, form an extraordinary stylistic unity.

Imperial Porcelain and Glass factories, which employed high-class artists and craftsmen, conducted and promoted Empire style. The factory libraries had plenty of drawings and engravings used while decorating one or another object. Symbols, allegories and antique ornaments harmonized with patriotic inscriptions and portraits of prominent contemporaries.

Objects, dating from this time, place emphasis on strict outlines and, despite being of relatively small size, get a monumentality shade. For example, the walls of glass vessels were made thicker than usual and then finished in deep brilliant-cut which resembled of real gem-cutting (this is where the term «brilliant-cut» stems from). To make this kind of glass more transparent, litharge, providing especial clarity, was put into the glass mass. As the material finally resembled of rock crystal, its name was dedicated to it.

Empire style improved the image of porcelain objects, too. Quite often they were gilded inside and outside to be associated with bronze. At the same time, as never before, the production of monumental vases increased, which became one of the peculiarities of Russian Empire style.

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The Leningrad Rock Club in Photographs. Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Its Opening

The Leningrad Rock Club in Photographs. Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Its Opening

17 december 2020—10 may 2021

The Leningrad Rock Club was established in early 1981 and has become a true center of attraction for musicians whose art did not fit into the Soviet cultural framework. The Leningrad Rock Club was a sign of the era of upcoming changes in the country and even now, after forty years, it is hardly needed to explain what was its role in the cultural and social life of Leningrad and, more broadly, the country.

A Photographic Perspective on St. Petersburg

A Photographic Perspective on St. Petersburg

2 november—30 november 2020

The exhibition completes the contest organized in cooperation with the Professional Photocenter Foto-One. Photographers were offered to show their view on St. Petersburg without any limitations in technique, genre, or style. The professional jury chose 97 works inspired by this unique city. Each and every photographer participating in the exhibition has his own, real and magical image of St. Petersburg.

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