Moscow will host the exhibition “Icons of the Kargopol area. Revival”


A unique exhibition “Icons of the Kargopol area. Revival” – a joint project of the State Museum Association “Art culture of Russian North” (Arkhangelsk), all-Russian art scientific and restoration centre named after academician I. E. Grabar and the Russian Academy of arts. The exhibition continues a series of projects dedicated to the Christian culture of the Russian North, the purpose of which is to collect, preserve and present to a wide audience the little-known rarities of the Museum collections of North Russia. The project will be shown in the jubilee to restore them. Igor Grabar – 80-anniversary of creation, dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the Arkhangelsk region. Most of the works presented in the Museum and exhibition complex of the Russian Academy of arts, will be shown for the first time.


The focus of the exhibition is the result of many years of restoration practice and research work with the aim of preserving the heritage of Kargopol, one of the major artistic centers of the Russian North. Among the variety of paintings representing the ‘Northern painting’, the art of Kargopol masters occupies a special place. The exhibition shows how leading restorers of the country together with the staff of the Arkhangelsk Museum of the year collected, preserved, restored and studied Kargopol icons. The result is prepared for exhibiting 150 works of icon painting and wooden sculptures. XV – XIX centuries. The exhibition is arranged in chronological order with the release of several thematic complexes: “Ancient icons.”, “Kargopol masters”, “Icon village Oshevenskoe”, “carved Wooden icons”, “old believer icons”, reports the Russian Academy of arts.

Address: MVK ARTS Gallery of arts Zurab Tsereteli (Prechistenka, 19)

The exhibition is open for visitors: November 28, 2018 February 17, 2019

The presentation of the exhibition will take place on 27 November at 17.00 (accreditation required).

Accreditation: Contact. phone: 8(495)637-47-71, E-mail: [email protected]. The information Department of the Russian Academy of arts

The Kargopol area in ancient times is a large region located along the river Onega, from its outlet from the lake to the garden of the White sea. According to the modern territorial division, these lands include Kargopol, Onega and part of plesetsky district of the Arkhangelsk region. Onega river, an important Northern waterway, opening the way to the ancient Zavolochye attracted Russian settlers in the TWELFTH and THIRTEENTH centuries. The first path North to the lower reaches of the river Onega, began to develop Novgorod, followed closely by the envoys of the Rostov-Suzdal princes. On the river came the suburbs, the most significant of them was the question.


The culture of the Kargopol area is multifaceted and diverse, as well as the amazing nature of this region. Away from big cities, big buildings, and Railways the Kargopol land was able to maintain its unique, nostalgically attractive appearance. Christian monuments – the most famous and significant part of the heritage of Kargopol. The heyday of the North refers to the iconography of the XVI – XVIII centuries. Kargopol craftsmen are mentioned in documents from the SIXTEENTH century. They worked in different types of art: wall paintings, icons, book miniatures, carving and painting on wood.

The circle of the surviving works of Kargopol masters is quite extensive. In 1950-1980-ies in Kargopol, Onega and the Plesetsk area of the Arkhangelsk region were organized numerous expeditions to collect ancient monuments. The most significant of them – Onezhskaya expedition of the State Central art-restoration workshop under the direction of N. N. Pomerantsev in the period from 1958 to 1971. In difficult field conditions, restorers and employees of the Arkhangelsk Museum was trying to preserve the Church’s heritage of Kargopol area. Unfortunately, not all have survived, many remained only in photos.

In the collection of the State Museum Association “Art culture of Russian North” focuses Kargopol significant collection of icons and wooden sculpture of the SIXTEENTH and beginning of the twentieth century. It is the heritage not only of the city Kargopol, but also the surrounding villages: Oshevenskoe, Saunino, Lyadiny, Archangel. The jewel of the exhibition is the icon “the virgin and child and the prophet Elijah” from the St. Nicholas chapel D. Bukhalove on Kenozero lake, created in the second half of the FIFTEENTH century. She belonged to the first Orthodox immigrants who came to the Onega of the Great Novgorod.


Among the earliest icons – the Deesis tier of the end of XV – beginning of XVI century, which was literally saved by the restorers HCHRM from under the falling ruins of the St. Nicholas Church in the village of Astafyevo. Noteworthy is the icon “virgin Hodegetria with St. Basil the Great” 1527, “on the worship of all the Christians” in the Church of Nativity in the village of Berezhnaya Dubrava. The exact dates and historical inscriptions are very rare on the icons.

Works Kargopol carvers – original and rare monuments of medieval art. Masters developed a special type of image of Prelate Nikolay (Mozhaisk). He became a symbol of the Russian army, especially after the Polish-Lithuanian invasion and devastation of the region in 1612 – 1614. Wooden sculpture of St. Nicholas was placed in the frame with the sections, then painted. This kind of joint creativity of the carvers and icon painters flourished in the Kargopol area. Carved images stood in many churches and chapels along the river Onega.

This is a song this epic and edge. Went here in search of rare ethnographic types and characteristic of Northern landscapes with ancient churches, artists Bilibin I. Ya., and I. E. Grabar. The exhibition is supplemented by rare species photographs of the twentieth century, lost temples and interiors of churches.

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