The Manege Central Exhibition Hall and the State Russian Museum, in partnership with the State Hermitage and the State Tretyakov Gallery, with support from the St Petersburg Committee for Culture, with the participation of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts and 32 leading museums all across Russia, and in cooperation with the Autonomous Non-profit Organisation for the Development of Art and Culture “Independent Artists” (ANO “IA”), presented the inter-museum art exhibition “Stillness. Russian Classical Sculpture from Shubin to Matveyev”.
For the first time, the history of the establishment of a national sculptural school, along with the work of the most prominent masters, eras, styles, and genres of Russian plastic arts, was presented to viewers through a wide range of examples of Russian sculpture, selected from the collections of the State Russian Museum, the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Hermitage, the State Museum of Urban Sculpture, the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum and Reserve, the Peterhof State Museum and Reserve, the Gatchina State Museum and Reserve, the Pavlovsk State Museum and Reserve, the State Museum of the History of St Petersburg, the Tsaritsyno State Museum and Reserve, the Central Naval Museum, the Academic Research Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts, the State Museum of the History of Religion, and many other museums in Russia.
The artistic solution for the exhibition’s space also played quite an important role. It was developed together with opera director Vasily Barkhatov and Tsirkul Creative Studio. Filling the space with sounds of opera created another dimension, allowing viewers to see the beauty and aesthetic self-sufficiency of the art form of sculpture from another angle.
• Elena Karpova (State Russian Museum) – chief curator
• Natalia Logdachyova (State Russian Museum)
• Evelina Tarasova (State Hermitage)
• Vladimir Yevseyev (Manege Central Exhibition Hall)
• Elizaveta Pavlycheva (Manege Central Exhibition Hall)
Concept: Pavel Prigara
Artistic design: Vasily Barkhatov
Architectural design: Aleksandr Kriventsov (Tsirkul Creative Studio)
Graphic design: Andrey Shelyutto, Irina Chekmaryova (Faro Studio)
Sound design: Alexander Aidakin, Sergey Makarov, Dmitry Yolkin, Denis Kalyadin
Exhibition build: Decor-Atelier, Natalia Korchagina
Virtual tour production: Nikolay Nikolenko / Junk Reality