Supported by the North-Western Branch of the National Center for Contemporary Art – ROSIZO
We often learn about the past events not from the historical documents and sources but from the novels by Walter Scott or books by Yuri Tynyanov – a writer whose writings shaped the minds of several generations of the Soviet people. Another example would be the famous episode from the film by Sergey Eisenshtein Battleship Potemkin where the storm of the Winter Palace during the October Revolution of 1917 is shown: created as a spectacular film episode it became a part of the school history program.
The exhibition in the Kshesinskaya Mansion of the Museum of the Political History of Russia is dedicated to myths, fictions and legends that are perceived by many people as historical facts. Inspired by widespread historical myths and legends, young artists created new stories that might one day come true.
The exhibition is curated by Stanislav Savitsky, curator and art critic, Ph.D. in art history, associate professor at the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Arts of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of the St Petersburg State University.
Participants of the exhibition – graduates of The PRO ARTE Foundation’s School for Young Artists: Vadim Komissarov, Natalia Tikhonova, Daria Taran, Veronika Rudieva-Ryazantseva, Alexander Tsikarishvili, Vadim Zaitsev, Alexander Androsov, Leonid Tskhe, and Vera Svetlova.
School for Young Artists is an educational program designed for young artists, students of art universities and colleges and creative young people dealing with contemporary art. The program aims to develop young artists’ creative potential and critical thinking, establish a playground for their professional communication and support their new art projects. Since 2000 more than 110 young artists from different Russian cities took part in the program.
The State Museum of the Political History of Russia was founded in 1919. It reflects political, economic, and social life of Russian society of the 19th – 21st centuries. The Museum is situated in two historical buildings in the city center – Kshesinkaya and Brandt’s mansions. The Museum’s collection totals more than 500 000 objects. A remarkable part of the collection is a unique gathering of posters, bills and slogans of the end of the 19th – 20th centuries; collection of propaganda porcelain of the 1920s and collection of Revolutionary banners of 1917.
The museum’s collection of materials about political parties represent virtually the entire political spectrum of modern Russia including the federal and regional level. The collection also includes materials on the activities of state and party leaders, community leaders, members of both houses of Russian parliament, the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region and many other subjects of the Russian Federation.
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