On April 25, The Masks of Venezia exhibition officially opened at Tsaritsino. The exhibition, organized as part of the 21st Cherry Forest Open Art Festival, is dedicated to the culture of Venice in the 18th century. More than 100 original exhibits from the collection of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia are presented in Russia for the first time.
The Cherry Forest Festival has been uniting all forms of art for 21 years! Italy is an important country for the festival, as the festival program featured many Italian master artisans, theater and film actors, musicians, and fashion designers. Moreover, the festival presented many Russian events in Italy.
1600 years ago, Venice – one of the most beautiful and remarkable cities of the world – was established! Take part in the adventures, mysteries, and masquerades of Venice! Tsaritsino Museum-Reserve with the support of the Cherry Forest Festival is hosting a large-scale exhibition dedicated to the culture of Venice during the 18th century. The Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia includes the famous collections of the Doge’s Palace, Museo Correr and Museum Ca'Rezzonico, the Murano Glass Museum, and Palazzo Mocenigo. Visitors can view carnival masks, noblemen clothing, Murano glass, tableware, an iron prow of a 17th century gondola, engravings and paintings depicting everyday life in Venice by Pietro Longhi, and even gambling game items from Venetian casinos among the exhibits. The exposition also features items from the best Moscow collections: Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, State Historical Museum, Arkhangelskoye Estate Museum, and others.
Mikhail Kusnirovich, Ekaterina Moiseeva, Aram Mnatsakanov, and other friends of the festival were present at the opening ceremony. Guests enjoyed an immersive tour by selecting one of the two routes leading to the Venetian Republic of the 18th century. By turning left, the visitors delved into the daily tasks of noblemen; by turning right, guests found themselves at a Venetian carnival.
Tsaritsino Museum-Reserve director Elizaveta Fokina, Bosco di Ciliegi board of directors president Mikhail Kusnirovich, Italian ambassador to Russia Pasquale Terracciano, and exhibition curator Daria Kolpashnikova addressed the assembled guests at the opening ceremony.
The event was accompanied throughout by the Moscow Virtuosi Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Spivakov.
The exhibition is open to holders of tickets to the Bread House and Grand Palace. Tickets can be bought via the Tsaritsino Museum Reserve site. You can also join free exhibition tours via the site.