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KARGOPOLE FOLK ART IN THE COLLECTION OF THE RUSSIAN MUSEUM

15 february 2007—2 july 2007
The Kargopole Folk Art exhibition follows the tradition of demonstrating large sections from collections of departments of folk and Old Russian art in the State Russian Museum. Kargopole is not only a geographic notion but cultural and historic as well. An ancient town of Kargopole and the former Kargopole district of the Olonets Province (nowadays - several districts of the Archangel Region) is a kind of a preserve of folk culture. For several centuries it had been developing traditions of icon painting, various kinds of folk art and decorative crafts - embroidery, weaving and printed cloth, clay toys, fretwork and painting on wooden domestic utensils. Objects of folk everyday life - female festive costumes, headdresses embroidered by river pearls, headscarves with golden embroidery, towels, valances and distaffs possess remarkable artistic features, brilliance and abundance of tracery. Almost all of them were collected by the Russian Museum research expeditions in the 1960s. Many of them are genuine masterpieces of folk art. The exhibition presents nearly 300 works - from icons by Kargopole painters of the 16th - 18th centuries to the works of such famous masters of clay toys of the 20th century as Ivan Druzhinin, Ulyana Babkina and masters from the Shevelev family.
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Home and Family. Images of Peaceful Life

Home and Family. Images of Peaceful Life

16 december 2022—6 march 2023

The Russian Museum exhibition project Artists on War and Peace can be seen as a diptych comprised of two exhibitions: Images of Military Life in Russian Art of the 16th to 20th Centuries and Home and Family. Images of Peaceful Life. They explore two existential aspects of human life perceived as polar opposites. The first half of the diptych features scenes of everyday life during wartime, while the other focuses on the theme of the home and family as guardian of the moral values of the Russian people.

Images of Military Life in Russian Art from the 16th to the 20th Centuries

Images of Military Life in Russian Art from the 16th to the 20th Centuries

20 october 2022—16 january 2023

Images of Military Life is an extensive exhibition featuring icons, paintings, sculptures, and applied and decorative artworks from the 16th through 20th centuries, most of them extracted from the museum’s repositories. It continues the Russian Museum’s time-honoured tradition of offering the public, from time to time, a broader perspective on its treasures and the magnitude of its collections.

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