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November 2, 2021, 11:01

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Kazan cat, Astrakhan mind, Siberian mind … Lubok. Russia. XVIII century

We visit the museum without leaving home: admire the painting, try to understand the jokes of the 18th century and plunge into the history of the Patriotic War of 1812.

In order to have a great time, to learn something new and interesting, sometimes it is not necessary to get up from your favorite chair. Moscow museums, galleries and exhibition halls prepare new virtual exhibitions every month, which are published on the portal “Museum Moscow Online”… While leaves are flying from the trees outside the window, and the mercury column falls below, we inspect the novelties of November.

“Charm of the Eyes” by Alexander Shilov Gallery

Dates: until December 28

Age limit: 12+


On November 1, an exhibition dedicated to female images in the artist’s work was opened on the Alexander Shilov Gallery’s page on the Museum Moscow Online website. “Glamor Eyes” unites Shilov’s paintings and graphic works of different years. He takes his models from modernity to the past, depicting them in luxurious ball gowns and appropriate interiors – this is how, in his opinion, we can see their true beauty.

“210 years of the Lithuanian Life Guards Regiment” of the panorama museum “Battle of Borodino”

Dates: November 5 – December 31

Age limit: 12+


The Life Guards Lithuanian Regiment is one of the military units captured on the panorama of Franz Roubaud, the central exhibit of the Battle of Borodino. On the morning of September 7, 1812, the Lithuanian and Izmailovsky Life Guards regiments were moved to reinforce the Second Western Army of the infantry general of Prince Peter Bagration. The regiments successfully repelled several attacks from the enemy’s heavy cavalry. In 1813, the Lithuanian Life Guards Regiment took part in the battles of Kulm and Leipzig.

The exhibition, timed to coincide with the 210th anniversary of the formation of the regiment, will present paintings and graphic works, as well as rare books on the early history of the regiment – from 1811 to 1817.

“Scorched Earth – Russian Village during the War” of the State Museum of Defense of Moscow

Dates: November 5 – December 31

Age limit: 6+


A virtual exhibition dedicated to the tragedy of the Russian countryside during the Great Patriotic War is being prepared by the Moscow Defense Museum. It will include paintings, graphics and photographs from the museum’s funds. Among the exhibits will be presented front-line drawings and sketches made by Red Army artists.

“Exposition of the regular park. Sculpture “of the Museum-Estate” Kuskovo “

Dates: November 4 – December 31

Age limit: 0+


The Museum-Estate “Kuskovo” possesses the only earliest and rather fully preserved collection of park sculptures in Moscow and the Moscow region. Its main part was formed during the reign of Peter I. It was assembled by the architect Yuri Kologrivov, who was the artistic agent of the first emperor – that is, a specialist in hiring painters and buying artwork for the court. The decorative plastic, created mainly by Italian craftsmen, is original, has no analogues and repetitions.

The Kuskovo sculpture not only organized the space of the park, but also served its visitors as a kind of guide to ancient history and mythology. The virtual exhibition, which is being prepared by the estate museum, will introduce the main sculptures of the collection and tell about the history of the park.

“Fiction in the faces” of the Museum of Russian popular print and naive art

Dates: November 3 – December 31

Age limit: 0+


Another exhibition that will transfer to the Peter the Great era – the time when foreign innovations began to be introduced into the habitual way of life of the inhabitants of Russia – from shaving beards and wearing European dresses to drinking coffee in taverns and going to the museum (the first Russian museum, the Kunstkamera, was established by Peter I in 1714). People’s laughter was the answer to the rapid changes – at this time, popular prints began to actively spread.

Peter the Great’s contemporaries saw them differently from today’s viewers. For example, art historian Dmitry Rovinsky put forward the theory that the famous splint “How the mice buried a cat” in fact satirically represents the funeral of the emperor. This is indicated by the brass band depicted on it: the funeral of Peter I was the first in Russia, which was attended by an ensemble of wind instruments.

The online exhibition, which is being prepared by the Museum of Russian Lubok and Naive Art, will help to understand the secrets of old amusing pictures, and in particular the lubok about the funeral of a cat, which was reprinted many times and whose popularity did not give up even in the 19th century.

The exhibition will also be published on the museum website

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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