To years bygone my memory calls me... Russian Imperial Works of Art from Sergei and Tatiana Podstanitsky Collection, 03.09.2011
September 3 to October 16, 2011 the Zubov Wing of the Catherine Palace is housing the exhibition “To years bygone my memory calls me... Russian Imperial Works of Art from Sergei and Tatiana Podstanitsky Collection" presenting 132 paintings, graphics and applied arts of the 18th-19th centuries.
The private collection was founded in 1998 to illustrate the history of the Russian Empire through works of art. After a relatively short period of time, it included creations by famous and rare artists from Russia and Western Europe and successfully toured various exhibition venues and the largest museums like Moscow’s State Historical Museum.
The epigraph and first title of this exhibit is taken from an Eric Gollerbach poem of the cycle “Tsarkoye Selo Rhymes” published in 1922. It suggests the exhibit’s theme as well as the collectors’ agenda: to tell about the old days, people and events via the selected artworks representing the epoch of the Russian Empire, which is determined with the second title as well as the chosen venue — the former imperial residence at Tsarskoye Selo.
Among the featured masters of painting are Vladimir Borovikovsky, Dmitry Levitsky, Johann Lampi Sr., Adolphe Ladurner, Franz Krüger, Eduard Hau, Mihaly Zichy, Pyotr Sokolov, Peter Rockstuhl and others. Of particular interest are the profile portrait of Prince Grigory Potemkin-Tavricheski, the landscape by Giacomo Quarenghi (the Alexander Palace’s architect), and the drawing of a Napoleon’s army uhlan (Polish light cavalryman) by Emperor Nicholas I of Russia, who was born at and especially loved Tsarskoye Selo.
The exhibition will run until October 16th in the Zubov Wing of the Catherine Palace 10.00-18.00 (last entry 17.00) daily except Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Entrance to the exhibition is from the Triangle Square (see the picture below) :