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3 questions to Catherine Alestchenkoff, Grimaldi Forum Director of cultural events


The reign of the Romanovs symbolises nearly three centuries of Russian artistic wealth, what are the emblematic works featured in the exhibition?

The exhibition brings together the best of the contemporary, artistic output from the reign of the Romanovs and the splendour of their capital city, Moscow. There are more than six hundred items on public display, exceptional for their rarity as much for their intrinsic artistic value. For example, an iconostasis, which consists of four rows of icons depicting the history of the Old and New Testament, chasubles, crowns and religious textiles, but also pieces of furniture and tableware, including a porcelain table service by Gouriev signed by the Imperial Manufacturer. Also, on exhibition are bejewelled eggs created by the famous jeweller Karl Fabergé, and many precious jewellery pieces from Boucheron, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Chaumet, whose skills were highly prized by the Russian aristocracy.

- The exhibition focuses on what time period and historical events?

The exhibition covers nearly 300 years of Russian art history, choosing as the epicentre, either Moscow, “Oriental Rome" or "extraordinary Baghdad”. Often overlooked by foreign visitors and sidelined in favour of the northern capital St. Petersburg, the exhibition opens up the opportunity to discover or rediscover Moscow, a chance in a lifetime according to Brigitte de Montclos, curator of the exhibition. Covering a myriad of unforgettable moments from the coronation in the Cathedral of the Dormition, to intimate moments experienced by the last Romanov, Nicolas II and Alexandra Feodorovna, we invite visitors to discover the private life within the imperial court, immortalised by the emerging technologies in photography and cinematography. In addition, the exhibition proposes an interpretation of the various movements that, collectively, are known as the so-called Russian avant-garde movement, originating in Moscow, with the likes of painters such as Exter, Goncharova, Bourliouk, Larionov ...

- What kind of children’s workshops are planned with this theme in mind?

Centred on a discovery tour, workshops have been devised on the theme of the exhibition, Russian art, to enable children to learn in a fun way and by using certain practical techniques. Hence, our younger visitors can make an imperial Easter egg, build a model of the city of Moscow, or design a Matriochka, the famous emblem of the Russian craftsmen! Finally, this summer Danse Plus proposes a workshop to children to write, interpret and stage a "wonderful story about Anna”, immersing children and adults alike into the world of Russian fairy tales and legends.

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