'Palladian Russia. Palladio and Russia from Baroque to Modernism' at the Correr Museum

a great exhibition dedicated to the influence of Andrea Palladio in Russia

From 27 September 2014 to 10 November 2014


'Russia Palladiana' at the Correr Museum is one of the many exhibitions in Venice 2014.

From 27 September to 10 November 2014, the original art exhibition in Venice, Italy of 'Palladio in Russia at the Correr Museum from Baroque to Modernism' will explore the profound influence that Andrea Palladio exercised in Russia, a country where the figure of the great architect, an example of the excellence of the Renaissance Italian, emerged as a model of architectural design, also affecting the formation of consciousness and everyday life.

In addition to presenting his profound influence on the architecture and on Russian life, the Correr Museum Palladio exhibition in Venice is a tribute to his extraordinary personality that influenced the art of buildings not only in Russia but also in the rest of world.

Venice exhibitions of 'Russia Palladiana' at the Museo Correr, has been organized with the collaboration of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation on the occasion of the official celebrations for the Year of Tourism Italy-Russia 2014.

Unprecedented for content and originality, the Palladio in Russia exhibition 2014 allows us to reconstruct the history of the so-called Russian Palladian through numerous examples from the most important museums and archives of Russia, including the Hermitage, the State Museum of Architecture A.

V. Š?usev, the Museum of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts, the Russian State Museum in St. Petersburg, the state reserve museum of architecture and arts of Pskov, the State Historical Museum, the National Library and the Russian State Archive of ancient documents.

On display at the Museo Correr exhibition there will be projects, sketches, models, drawings and works inspired by the extraordinary classical architecture of Andrea Palladio.

The Correr Museum Venice exhibition 'Palladio and Russia from Baroque to Modernism' opens with the beginning of the Russian Palladian, born in the first half of the 1700s following the reforms of Peter I. The first Russian translation of the 'Treatise on Architecture' of Palladio is dated back to 1699. Since that time the Italian architect has become a point of reference in the lands of the Tsars and his ideas have shaped the construction of the great city of St. Petersburg.

The Palladio Venice exhibition at the Correr Museum also presents the vibrant era of Catherine II, open to innovative European artistic trends both in the field of visual arts and in architecture. Catherine II invited to Russia two great followers of Andrea Palladio, Giacomo Quarenghi and Charles Cameron, giving them the opportunity to realize the ideas of the Italian genius. The two architects in turn influenced the development of the Weltanschauung of the Russian master Nikolai L'vov: clearly inspired by Palladio, the buildings of L'vov started the Russian usad'ba, a phenomenon involving primarily architecture, but that also influenced art, literature and daily life of the time.

The work of L'vov, Quarenghi and Cameron have undoubtedly contributed to the 'Golden Age' of Russian culture, the period described in Eugenij Onegin by Pushkin and Tolstoy's War and Peace, which coincides with the reign of Alexander I. A large part of the Venice art exhibition at the Correr Museum in Venice, Italy 2014 is dedicated to the golden era of 'Palladian Russia'.

The exhibition 'Palladio in Russia' at the Correr Museum, Venice, will devote considerable attention to the persistence of the phenomenon of Palladianism during the 20th century when, at the height of Modernism, a return to the neo-classical style and nostalgia for the culture of usad'ba was witnessed.

Initially devoted to the ideas of modernism, architects Žoltovskij, Fomin, and Š?usev soon began to draw upon the ideas of Palladio: the style of Andrea Palladio was very similar to the Avant garde aesthetics, and the architect Melnikov was a fervent admirer of the great Venetian architect. Even the Stalinist architecture formed by the merger between Vanguard and Neoclassicism was influenced by Andrea Palladio.

This original Palladio in Venice exhibition ends with a work of art by of A. Brodsky which shows how the ideas of the Renaissance architect represent a point of reference for the latest generations.

In the rooms on the second floor of the Correr Museum in Venice, the exhibition of 'Palladio in Russia' will present the works of such masters as Levickij, Borovikovskij, Soroka, Borisov-Musatov, Sudejkin, Grabar', Benois, Dobužinskij, Kandisnkij and Suetin, that testify once again that the styles dictated by Palladio have crossed the boundaries of architecture.

And if you're interested in architecture, do not forget to plan a visit to the 14th Architecture Biennale in Venice, which is open until November 23!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff