The epoch of Peter the Great is usually associated in collective consciousness with colossal reforms in the administrative sphere, birth of the regular army and navy, victories in the Great Northern War and transformation of the Russian society lifestyle. Peter the Great is much less known as the patron of arts and science and the founder of the first national public museum. His activities gave the country both brand new perception of the world and its place there. Collections of Peter the Great, both scientific and artistic, revealed new horizons for the Russian society, changed attitude towards current context, stimulated the interest of discoverers, statesmen, philanthropists as well as beauty connoisseurs.
The aim of the exhibition is to demonstrate the significance and the revolutionary character of Peter the Great’s reforms concerning patronage of arts and science.
It is the international exhibition project—the museums of Germany, Holland and the UK give on loan unique pieces from their collections.
Apart from that many Russian museums, archives and libraries are actively involved in this project.
The display includes about 200 pieces, viz memorial objects, unique archival documents, regalia, magnificent samples of ceremonial arms and armour, outstanding works of jewellery, paintings, sculptures, glyptics, medals and coins, scientific instruments that belonged to Peter the Great, objects from his ‘Chinese’ and ‘Siberia’ collections, as well as rare books and drawings with the records of historical, art and science collections of Peter the Great, which laid the foundation for the first public museum in Russia—Kunstkamera.
The Moscow Kremlin Museums have launched a theme-based satellite site about the exhibition peterthegreat.kreml.ru
The catalogue is published on the occasion of the exhibition held in the Moscow Kremlin Museums dedicated to the activities of Emperor Peter the Great as the first Russian collector and the patron of fine arts and sciences. The edition reveals his outstanding contribution to the foundation of the Museology in Russia. The items presented in the catalogue exemplify the evolution of the Armoury Chamber of the Moscow Kremlin in the epoch of Peter's reforms; illustrate the influence of the overseas trips on the ideology and artistic taste of the first Russian Emperor; narrates the history of his early collections in Preobrazhensky Palace and his "personal cabinet", which became the core of the first public museum - the Kunstkamera in Saint Petersburg. The catalogue is on sale at the Exhibition Hall of the Assumption Belfry, Museum shops opposite the Patriarch's Palace, in the Alexander Garden, Armoury Chamber, in the Annunciation and Assumption cathedrals. Price - 2000 RUB.
PETER THE GREAT
COLLECTOR, SCHOLAR, ARTIST
- Swedish trophies
- Peter the Great as an Artist
- Turnery - The Passion of Monarchs
- Horse figurine
- 'Peter the Great. Collector, Scholar, Artist'. Broadcast on 18.12.2019
- Peter the Great. Path of Enlightenment
- 'Peter the Great'. Rossia 24 TV Channel
- 'Peter the Great'. 1 TV Channel
- 'Peter the Great'. NTV TV Channel
- 'Peter the Great'. Rossia-Kultura TV Channel
- Exhibition trailer
This is a fascinating show with many exceptional articles. Peter the Great’s period of reigning was marked by principal changes in Russian culture, as well as in radical perceptions about different matters, attributes of power and coronation regalia. Nowadays it’s our heritage on which Russian people are brought up, as well as it is both a matter of pride and a part of our culture, which we cherish much. I’d like to congratulate us all, because it is a significant event that comes into our city and country, and I hope, into world culture as well.
This was a colossal work. The Moscow Kremlin Museums have managed to gather different exhibits so that we could discover all character traits in the personality of Peter, whose 350th Anniversary will be celebrated in two years. He was both a seafarer and a collector. I’m already jealous of those who will explore this show.
It’s a first-class display! First, it is very important that it is in the vanguard and opens a series of exhibitions about Peter the Great. It is a highly interesting idea to show Peter’s scope of interests, as well as I’m very pleased to see the articles from Peterhof here. We provided this exhibition with exclusive works that we treasure much, I must say. Peter commissioned them in Amsterdam for his ‘Monplaisir’ palace through agents; in this case, it was Beklemishev. The monarch selected a kind of antiquarians who bought collections throughout Europe for him.
One of the virtues of this display is the way the Moscow Kremlin Museums present it, including the choice of the name. The thing that impressed me is that when you cross the threshold, you immediately make up your mind to a certain task. You perceive the display not just as a collection of valuables and luxury, what was natural for any emperor or monarch—as we know, they loved acquiring a great number of treasures, precious articles and rich gifts. When you know that you are going to see a collection of the emperor who was eager to learn something, you just look at it in a different light.
The exhibition dedicated to Peter the Great is a big-time event for both, the Moscow Kremlin Museumsand the city as well because it takes a while to associate Peter’s name with Moscow. We usually imagine Peter on the bank of the Neva River, and it’s considered that he didn’t like Moscow, but it’s a myth. Here he was born and coronated and he spent his youth in the suburbs of Moscow of that time. It’s significant that the show is held in Moscow; we are very grateful that the Kremlin Museums have gathered items from the collections of different museums in one place—it’s an achievement of the museum workers. The exhibition allows connecting with the personality of Peter—versatile, vivid, with an amazing love of knowledge.
The display is astonishing. The triumph of military victories, the beauty and virtue—this impression keeps up at the exhibition. I am very glad to see these all, it’s really splendid.
I’m thinking of a colossal work that has been made to create this display so refined. The selection of pieces is very interesting and accurate; the presentation of items is very fine. This is the very first impression. I must say, that one must visit the exhibition not once nor twice. It needs to be explored seriously and thoughtfully, in order to get new knowledge and at the same time true aesthetic pleasure.
The most valuable thing is that so many museums have been involved in this show, so to provide insights into Peter’s personality, with his unknown image of a collector. It was Peter, who gave the start to a great number of state collections, absolutely unique collections, ever since the Imperial Ryust-kamera. On display are absolutely unique items – his personal belongings, as well as unbelievable jewellery, state regalia and the Diamond Cap, which is worth seeing. Here are beautiful arms, both ceremonial and combat. And of course, a completely remarkable European collection is showcased here.
The exhibition is wonderful, very interesting and rich as it usually is. For me, as for the representative of the Museum of Oriental Art, it is a pleasure that the Chinese collection of Peter the Great is presented here – I admire these marvellous Chinese vases, mechanical toys..! Such all arounder like him, who has made a lot for Russia, is revealed as a connoisseur of art and culture – and this must be of interest to public. Especially for youth and children, since they know Peter I as a brave state leader; and here he is just an aesthete, who perfectly understands the beauty of artworks of different European and Oriental countries.
It’s an exciting display! What I saw was a total surprise – such a variety of art pieces from Europe, Russia and even East. This show is multifarious – every visitor will find here what he is interested in, in terms of art.
A fabulous show! I keep on doing my photo project “Kremlin”, and just the questions that I’ve had, are beginning to be clarified. The works presented here show minimal taste preferences of Peter the Great, what the Moscow Kremlin Museums have managed to convey. For me, the way that the Kremlin Museums make exhibitions is the model of presenting pieces of art and making their work. I think that no one makes exhibitions of such type better then the Kremlin Museums.