The exhibition is dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Konstantin Andreevich Somov, one of the greatest masters of Russian art of the first half of the twentieth century, a prominent representative of the artistic movement "World of Art" ("Mir Iskusstva").
The exposition is dedicated to the most actual and disputable time of the Russian history – the Soviet period. Over 1,000 exhibits from the collection of our Museum and state and private archives are displayed in six halls. The Museum interpretation of the subject represents the main stages of the Soviet state system formation (from 1917 till 1985) and the most important elements of social and private life of Soviet people. The first part of the exposition reveals the mechanism of Stalin’s power in taking full control over all spheres of life in the country. The second part emphasizes the gradual overcoming of Stalin’s heritage by the Soviet society.
Kirov’s museum is located in the famous "House of three Benois» on the second entrance of the house number 26/28 on Kamennoostrovsky Prospect, on the 4th and 5th floors.
"The House of three Benois" - is one of the largest pre-revolutionary St. Petersburg tenement buildings. It was constructed in 1911-1914. for the First Russian Insurance Company, designed by architects L. Benois, A. Benois, J. Benois and A. Gunst.
After the revolution of 1917, many apartments in this house became communal. Some of the apartments have been given to the Party and government leaders.
The Grand Hall of the Saint-Petersburg Philharmonia
The Grand Hall of the Saint-Petersburg Philharmonia is one of the best Concert Halls in Europe. It houses about 1500 persons. Its first-class acoustics has been appreciated by the world leading recording companies. It has been the century the centre of St.Petersburg music life since the 1840-s.
To the 175th Anniversary of the Artist's Birth
The year 2019 marks the 175th anniversary of the birth of Ilya Repin, the largest painter of the second half of the XIX century, whose name is associated with the establishment and flourishing of realism in the national fine arts. The large-scale exhibition will include works from the Russian Museum, the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Ateneum Art Museum (Finland), the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, the Repin Museum-Estate “Penaty”, the Abramtsevo Museum-Reserve and other museum and private collections. The exhibition will feature more than 250 paintings and graphic works: recognized masterpieces by the master and his little-known works, as well as memorial items related to the life and work of the artist.
Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Tapestries in the Hermitage Collection
The exhibition contains twenty pieces that represent European tapestry weaving belonging to such artistic tendencies as Historicism, the Art Nouveau and Modernism. Visitors will be seeing many of them for the first time or else after a long interval. Some came into the museum from the collection of the imperial family and once adorned the Winter Palace, others came from private collections in Russia. In recent decades, some tapestries of interest to the museum have also been acquired, including the first tapestry by Jean Lurçat in the Hermitage’s stocks – Blaze of Fire.
A crisis in the sphere of tapestry-weaving at the turn of the 19th century led to a considerable reduction in the volume of such interior adornments in Europe. The leading manufacturers were obliged to reassess centuries of experience and try to develop a new form of tapestry that would fit successfully into interiors in the Empire style and others that followed. The Gobelins factory, revived during Napoleon’s reign, produced virtuoso, extremely finely made tapestries that copied painted prototypes. The French tapestry factories in Beauvais and Aubusson mainly wove decorative panels for walls and screens, as well as pieces for upholstering furniture. Many workshops closed. Others completely altered their manufacturing profile, such as the Saint Petersburg Tapestry Factory, which gradually shifted to producing nothing but carpets.
When:18.09.2019 - 12.01.2020
Where:Halls of the Art Nouveau, General Staff building
It occupies the former private rooms of Alexander II on the first floor in the Zubov Wing of the Catherine Palace.
Lost during WWII, those interiors survived only in watercolours by Luigi Premazzi and Eduard Hau, as well as in illuminated works by photographer Steinmueller and other photographs from 1930s. Our display attempts to “reconstruct” a few of the rooms with some of their original furnishings.
About 200 artifacts such as paintings, furniture and porcelain pieces, weapons, bronzes and uniforms which belonged to the emperor and his family members and were used by them at Tsarskoe Selo, are presented by our Museum and by Moscow’s Ostankino Estate Museum. The latter loaned to the exhibition 25 furniture pieces from Alexander’s Office in the Ostankino Palace.
The highlights include the arms from the non-restored Asiatic Room of the Catherine Palace , some personal effects – his clock, briefcase and portraits of his grandchildren – from Alexander’s desk , and some pieces of the famous Lyons furniture set from the sitting room of Alexander’s wife, Empress Maria Alexandrovna.