New permanent display in the Museum of the Political History of Russia is dedicated to one of the crucial and most dramatic periods in Russian history – Revolution, 1917-1922. This project summed up the result of a long-term work of the museum staff on the research of new approaches creating an exposition about the Russian revolution. The exhibition opened in five museum halls and contains documents and photos representing the development of revolutionary events, as well as posters, paintings and graphics of revolutionary period, and original unique exhibits – revolution artifacts. The exposition has contemporary design including specific expositional constructions, thought-over color scheme of halls, special fonts for different exposition texts, carefully tuned lighting for different parts of the exhibit etc. It creates a special environment appealing to visitor’s emotions and allowing him or her to deeper comprehend presented materials.
The new historical museum project “Oranienbaum through Centuries” united traditional museum expositional techniques and the latest multimedia technologies in several halls of the museum. Guests of the Palace will learn a lot about ancient Izhora lands. Visitors of the museum will become participants of fascinating battles of the Great Northern War (1700-21), will appear on a command point of Peter I and under walls of the besieged Nöteborg fortress, and will attend the audience with the governor of Ingermanland – Alexander Menshikov. The unique mechanical layout shows architectural changes that the Grand Menshikov Palace and the Park have undergone through the centuries.
The new cultural and historical project “Peterhof Summer Residents” occupies 15 museum halls and invites guests to plunge into the atmosphere of summer holiday on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland in the 19 th –beginning of the 20 th centuries. With the help of more than 300 museum objects curators of the exhibit tell a story of Russian summer holiday culture. Having a wide experience in innovative projects, the State Peterhof Museum was able to recreate a unique atmosphere of the countryside life at the turn of centuries using modern technologies.
Andrey Vovk is an architect and Director of the Ralph Appelbaum Associates’ (RAA) office in Moscow. He first joined to serve as Manager and Project Architect for the Jewish Museum and Tolerance enter in Moscow, which opened in 2012. His next assignment was Project Director of the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center and Museum in Ekaterinburg, Russia which became the Russian Federation’s first Presidential Center and most interactive museum. It was opened in November 2015.
Manege central exhibition hall is the biggest display space in the center of St. Petersburg. The exhibition hall is located in a historic building of the Imperial Horse Guards regimental arena, built in 1804-1807 according to the project by Giacomo Quarenghi. After a major refurbishment in 2013-2016, which included the installation of state-of- the-art exhibition facilities and the updating of its cultural programme, the Manege is well on its way to becoming one of Russia’s most in-demand venues for displaying world-class art.