The History of a Study (exhibition)
The History of a Study, spread out across the halls of the first floor following the restoration of Yelagin Palace, continues a series of interior exhibitions of recent years. Previous exhibitions included Artistic Decoration of Russian Residential Interiors in from the Early 19th to 20th centuries, Karelian Birch in Russia, Decorative Wood Species in Russian Furniture in the 19th Century, Lady in the Interior, and Charm of the Past (2004–2010). Visitors will have the chance to experience a retrospective of furnishings of 19th – early 20th century studies, as well as interior designs at a time when historical styles and Art Nouveau were in fashion. Notably, the Russian word for study – kabinet – has two meanings. It can mean a room for classes or doing business, or denote a piece of furniture. In Russia, studies became widespread only in the late 18th century, due to the reforms of Peter the Great; the development of sciences, arts and culture; and the construction of a new capital. Many new rooms appeared in stone buildings following the Western model, including a special room – the owner’s study for storing rarities and books. Over the years, the look and layout of the study changed rapidly in tandem with changing styles and tastes.
Access by participant badge (advance registration required via the personal web office). The number of invitations is limited.