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The Display of the Traditional Folk Art of Russia

The halls of Traditional Folk Art present the objects from a unique collection of a Volga Region house carved facade boards, prichelinas (roof decorations), window and attic architraves. The display also features decorated parts of a peasant house from various regions of the Russian North – from the Arkhangelsk, Vologda, Kostroma provinces, and from the Urals and the Altai Territory, peasants' furniture and tableware. The shape and the decoration of these objects reflected the ritual nature of peasants' way of life.

The Decorative and Applied Art of Russia in the XVIII-early XX Centuries

At the display of decorative and applied art of the late XVIII–early XX centuries viewers can enjoy artworks of Russian masters created during the period from the time of Peter I reforms to the early XX century.

The hall of the late XVII–XVIII centuries art represents the creations of Russian glass makers, ceramists, enamel masters, bone carvers, etc. Their works include gorgeous engraved crystal gift goblets from the Empress Elizabeth of Russia and Catherine the Great periods.

The Gallery of Soviet Porcelain

The collection of the 1920-1930 propaganda and decorative porcelain artworks is distinct in its fullness, coverage, and diversity. Besides well-known, textbook works of the State Porcelain Factory artists, the display presents rare items, many of which can be found only in the collection of the All-Russia Museum of Decorative, Applied and Folk Art.

New permament exhibition

Russian lacquer painting is a gem of the world culture. It has inherited and developed the best creative achievements of the East and the West, has enriched them with national identity, depth of images, and perfection of technique. The main peculiar feature of Russian lacquer painting is the esthetics of everyday common life. The history of the country, literary works by Russian and foreign authors, poetry, fairy tales as the essence of folk wisdom, and the complicated world of people's wishes and desires – all these motifs found their expression in Russian lacquer painting.

The display of the Museum is in the process of continuing development. A major effort is underway to create a fundamental display showcasing both the wealth of the collection, and the diversity in the evolution of the stylistic traits of decorative, applied and folk art in Russia. The Museum plans to create new displays of the 1920-1950 applied art (Under the Sign of the Hammer and the Sickle), a retrospective of Russian local crafts, to radically re-design the displays of the XVIII-XIX centuries, of the Russian Art Nouveau, and to organize gallery shows of the decorative and applied art from the collection of the Museum in the nearest future.

The halls of the Russian decorative and applied art of the late XVIII-early XX centuries, of the traditional folk art, the gallery 1920-1980 stone carving plastic art are open for viewing at present.