MARBLE-2 Photo Installation


22.09 - 15.12.2012

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Program: [Contemporary art and contemporary society]

 11th "Contemporary Art in the Traditional Museum" Festival


22 September - 15 December 2012

MARBLE-2 Photo Installation

Yury Molodkovets (St Petersburg)

Gatchina State Museum Reserve

The Gatchina Museum Reserve is one of the most peculiar suburbs of St Petersburg. The museum consists of the Gatchina Palace and Park and the Priory Palace. The Gatchina Palace was built in 1766 for count Grigori Orlov who was a favourite of Catherine the Great and an ardent hunter. After July 1783 it was the favourite residence of Paul I. After his death it was owned by every Russian emperor. Alexander III made it his official residence for 13 years. Before the World War II the palace used to be called ‘the second Hermitage’. In postwar times it housed military establishments. Some of the restored halls opened for the public as late as on 8 May 1985. The museum has a unique collection of portraits, sculptures, porcelain, bronze figurines, costumes, steel arms and guns. With its ten towers and a 135-metre long underpass and the Echo grotto, the palace reminds one of a medieval castle. It is faced with famous local limestone that changes colour in different light and weather. An orthodox cross crowns a tower that houses the family church of the Russian Emperors (still in operation). A 34-metre Flag Tower provides a beautiful view of the lakes, islands, and bridges of one of the first landscape parks of Russia. The Birch House and Venus Pavilion are the rare examples of the wooden park constructions of the 18th century. The Priory Palace, built for the knights of Malta, is the only preserved rammed earth conduit of the end of the 18th century in Russia.

MARBLE-2 Photo Installation

The title of MARBLE-2 (MRAMOR-2) is a reference to Yury Molodkovets’ first project, MRAMOR, a famous series of photographs of the Hermitage marble sculptures. The Gatchina exhibition shows huge marble portraits of the sculptures from the Gatchina Palace and park shot in a contrast studio light that has ‘enlivened’ them and thus turned them in the ‘real inhabitants of the palace’. The photo installation is set in one of the most intriguing halls of the palace, the Armoury Gallery. It hasn’t been restored yet, which makes it a perfect space for showing contemporary art.

Yury Molodkovets (St Petersburg) is a photographer for the State Hermitage Museum who has contributed photos to more than 200 catalogues and albums of the Hermitage collections and the history and architecture of St Petersburg. He works with many Russian and foreign magazines on art, architecture, and design. Over 30 of this large solo projects have been shown in Russia and Europe. His works are in private collections in Russia, France, and UK. He is a member of editorial boards of Hermitage and Projector magazines and chief-editor of the Adresa Peterburga magazine. He himself is a collector of paintings, graphics and photographs of the Leningrad underground and contemporary St Petersburg art.

Address: 1 Krasnoarmeysky Pr., Gatchina
Telephone: +7 (81371) 215-09
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Days off: Monday, last Tuesday of every month
Entrance fee: 250 rubles, discount tickets available


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