The State Memorial Museum of Alexander Suvorov
Address: Kirotchnaya st. 43
Tel.: (812) 579-39-14
Museum hours: Wednesday 13:00 – 21:00, Thursday-Sunday 10:00 – 18:00
Closed: Monday, Tuesday
The museum is devoted to one of Russia’s most outstanding generals, the military strategist and army commander Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov (1729-1800), who excelled in his service to the state during the reign of Empress Catherine the Great and Emperor Paul I. Suvorov was the clue figure during the Russo-Turkish Wars (1768-1774, 1787-1791). During his military career he won all 60 battles he was engaged in and suffered no defeats. Suvorov was the first Russian whose memory was celebrated by a whole museum created in his honor in a separate building designed by architect Alexander von Hohen. In 1898 Emperor Nicholas II ordered to open a subscription to raise funds for the museum; he, himself became the Museum’s main benefactor and protector. The Museum opening took place on November 13 (24), 1904. At present the Museum displays Alexander Suvorov’s memorabilia: decorations, weapons, everyday objects, as well as paintings by Russian and foreign artists created from the second half of the 18th century till today, Russian military uniform, European and Oriental weaponry; the Museum also boasts of the Russia’s largest collection of tin miniatures and other unique exhibits.
My Defense Project
Courtesy of the Gallery 21
«I’ve no idea what games kids play now, we played soldiers.
Those who were born in 1970s bear war in their subconscious mind, however strange this may sound. Our patriotic education was based on the idea of a self-giving act of bravery with ‘Die for Your Motherland’ formula. I even have a feeling we have indeed died for our Motherland – back then, when we were kids, but we did in the realms of fancy, in our imagination.
One wouldn’t be able to experience this feeling the way we used to – perceiving it as readiness, as a dream of a great sacrifice. It has turned into something else becoming more than just nostalgia. Today it is rather a sort of sympathy we feel for us, the way we were and the way we are no longer; it is us yearning for our own lost innocence, childlike ability to believe in the ideal.
My personal defense line runs somewhere between child’s absolute belief and adult’s experience. I wish to preserve that child’s feeling and find it necessary to protect it within my own self. A tin soldier in my works is a private of this resistance, a personification of spiritual strength, loyalty and integrity.»
Born in 1971 in Moscow Natalya Zintsova graduated from the Russian University of Theatre Arts (RATI-GITIS) in 1995, Moscow State University of Printing Arts (2004), Institute of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2007). Since 2005 Natalya Zintsova started to participate in national and international eхhibitions. In 2012 her project New Forms of Life gained Project of the Year nomination for the Kandinsky Prize and was selected for the Exhibition of the Kandinsky Prize Nominees (Moscow, 2012). Zintsova works with Gallery 21; she lives and works in Moscow.