The exhibition Life à la russe, opened June 23 to September 30, 2010 at the Zubov Wing of the Catherine Palace, logically continues the long time collaboration between the State Museum Tsarskoye Selo and Moscow’s State Historical Museum, intended to introduce rarely exhibited gems from their renowned collections to art lovers from all over the world.
The exhibition is devoted to the Russian Style, one of the distinctive phenomena in this country’s art in the 19th and early 20th centuries. At that time the Russian theme and Russian Style figured large in practically all spheres of artistic life. At the basis of the Russian Style lay a turning to the artistic traditions of the past – to folk art and the art of Early Rus’, which was reflected in all population categories – from the imperial court and high aristocracy to the merchant class and intelligentsia.
The three main sections of the exhibition present the Russian Style in the court culture, everyday life and religious art, following the ideas of the three-point programme “The Orthodoxy, the autocracy and the national spirit” which was adopted by the Russian government of the period and served as the foundation of the artistic style.
The display consists of late 19th – early 20th century architectural designs, graphic art works, paintings, festive dinner menus, pieces of furniture and interior decorations by famous masters of Abramtsevo and Talashkino, court attires and imperial costumes, religious art works, and unique jewellery from leading Russian makers of the time.
The exhibition is open June 25 to September 30, 2010 in the Zubov Wing of the Catherine Palace, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily except Wednesday and Thursday.