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Romanov Extravaganza Arrives in St. Petersburg

Published: February 19, 2014 (Issue # 1798)



  • 800 man-hours were spent on expanding and augmenting the exhibition following its Moscow debut in preparation for its unveiling in St. Petersburg.
    Photo: VKontakte

On Feb. 16, 2014 an interactive exhibition dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the legendary Romanov dynasty opened at the LenExpo conference center. Originating in Moscow, “The Romanovs. My History” was seen by over 300,000 visitors, according to the organizers, when it was on view there late last year. Initiated by the Patriarchal Council for Culture and organized under the auspices of the Russian Presidential Administration and the Ministry of Culture, the exhibition employs the latest 3D technology, animated collages, lightboxes and touch-screen panels to tell the story of the country’s last royal family.

St. Petersburg is intimately connected with the history of the Romanovs, being founded as it was by Peter the Great. The family continued to have an impact on the urban fabric of the city until the revolution with Catherine the Great establishing the art collection that would become the State Hermitage Museum; the Mariinsky Theater being named after Maria Alexandrovna, the wife of Alexander II; the Admiralty being built according to the plans of Peter I; and Emperor Nicholas overseeing the construction of St. Isaac’s Cathedral.

At the heart of the exhibition is a giant screen where all the rulers of the Romanov dynasty appear before the eyes of visitors. The screen is twice the size of the Thunder Stone, as the boulder that forms the base of The Bronze Horseman sculpture in Senate Square is known. The exhibition also provides visitors a unique opportunity to look through the diary of Nicholas II, a privilege previously reserved for museum workers.

Organizers claim that 800 man-hours were spent on expanding and augmenting the exhibition following its Moscow debut in preparation for its unveiling in St. Petersburg, including the addition of a multimedia performance of Pushkin’s poem “The Bronze Horseman.”

“The Romanovs. My History” is on view until Mar. 2 at the LenExpo congress center, 103 Bolshoi Prospekt, Vasilevsky Ostrov. The exhibition is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and admission is free. Shuttles are provided to and from the exhibition from Vasilyeostrovskaya metro station.





 


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Thursday, July 10


Enjoy the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Regio Torino as they perform a free concert this evening in the Great Courtyard of the Winter Palace at 9 p.m.



Friday, July 11


Yevgeni Grishkovetz, a famous Russian author and director, will present his new book, “Pain,” at 7 p.m. in the Bukvoed book store at 46 Nevsky Prospekt.


Explore the mysterious Petrograd side of the city during today’s English-language guided tour. The trip starts at 7:45 p.m. at Gorkovskaya metro station. The price is 250 rubles ($7).



Saturday, July 12


Russian culture will be the focus of today’s Neva Rus Festival. Starting at noon, St. Petersburg’s 300th Anniversary Park will be a venue for a round dance master class, hand-to-hand fighting, folk music concerts and a traditional handicraft fair.


Visit today’s ShubaShorti urban flea market, where everyone can buy, change or just have for free various vintage knick-knackery, clothes and books. The event starts at noon at the Uppsala Circus at 44 Sverdlovskaya Naberezhnaya.


The 3rd International Opera for All Festival opens this evening with a free performance on Cathedral Square in the Peter and Paul fortress at 7 p.m.


The Tsunami Picnic Car Festival will allow visitors to see hundreds of exclusive cars outdoors and to watch races featuring professional drivers. The event will take place in the town of Sestroretsk at noon.


Coffee lovers will be able to try hundreds of different kinds of coffee and enjoy baristas’ shows as well as live music during Coffee Day in the Cultural Space Salon at 11 Bolshoi Kazachy pereulok.



Sunday, July 13


Starcon, a festival dedicated to science fiction and innovation, plans to lure visitors by exposing them to the best video games and comics as well as holding lectures on new and exciting technologies. The event will take place at Lenexpo, 103 Bolshoi prospect on Vasilievsky Island, at noon. The entrance fee is 850 rubles ($23).



Monday, July 14


More than 30 young artists will present their work including sculptures, painted skateboards and graffiti, during Boards & Paint, which will run through Aug. 3 at Loft Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt.



Tuesday, July 15


Be amazed by 50 life-sized moving dinosaur models at the Dinosaurs Show, the world’s largest such exhibition, which will be at Lenexpo on Vasilievsky Island until Sept. 21.



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