Exhibition "Napoleon. Life and Fate" automatic translate
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The exhibition "Napoleon. Life and Fate "will be held from May 22 to June 21, 2019. in the Museum-Manor Muravyov-Apostolov. The large-scale exposition includes more than two hundred works of painting, graphics, sculpture, decorative and applied arts, memorial items, weapons, orders and medals. Many objects of the era of the beginning of the XIX century, recreating the images and the environment of the iconic figures of world history, will be shown for the first time. The emperor of the French at one time was wooed to the sisters of the Russian Tsar Alexander I and was refused twice. In the year of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Napoleon Bonaparte, an exhibition project based on the private collection of Alexander Vikhrov and several other large private collections gives an opportunity to imagine who Russia then refused.
The exhibition is devoted to the events of the first quarter of the XIX century. The focus is on two extremely dissimilar in the fate of the person. Russian monarch and emperor of the French. Alexander I is the crowned heir to the throne, born on the steps of the largest country’s throne, and Napoleon I is the son of a poor Corsican nobleman who made a dizzying career from the rank of lieutenant of the revolutionary French army to the imperial crown and just as quickly lost everything.
The exhibition curator Sergey Podstanitsky: There are a lot of “Napoleonic collectors” in the world, and there are many in Russia, but each of such collections bears the imprint of the owner’s personality. Alexander Vikhrov also has his own personal look at Napoleonic history. Relying on his richest collection, which presents a variety of works of art and memorial objects, we tried to show not only the life of Napoleon and his uneasy relationship with Russia and the Russians, but also to dream up an alternative history: what would happen if Napoleon did I intermarried with the Romanovs, and how this dream of the emperor of the French came true in his descendants. ”
The exhibition opens with a ceremonial portrait of Alexander I and a bronze bust of Napoleon Bonaparte, inviting the visitor to think about how incredible and surprising the very intersection of their life lines are. A little-known historical fact is also mentioned: the emperor Napoleon I persistently tried to intermarry with the imperial house of the Romanovs.
History, as is known, does not know the subjunctive mood. But after more than two hundred years, one may ask: what could the picture of the world be like if a dynastic marriage had taken place then? “What a novel is my life!”, Napoleon exclaims once, at the end of his years. The exhibition "Napoleon. Life and Fate ”illustrates the brightest pages of his biography and a series of major events that determined the turning points of the current world order.
The exposition shows the stages of Bonaparte’s elevation to the status of the first person of the state. He is known primarily as the greatest commander, but the emphasis in the exhibition space is not on the battle scenes. The motives by which France entered the wars, and the bright, extraordinary actions of the commander-in-chief, which were reflected in the works of visual and decorative-applied art of the beginning of the XIX century, are important.
Among the memorable milestones preceding the matchmaking is a special page - tragic for Russia and triumphant for the French army battle of Austerlitz, after which a new stage begins in relations between the two states, which finally crowns the personal meeting of two emperors in Tilzit, filled with seemingly peaceful thoughts. How many hopes both parties placed on this can be judged by the numerous plots that this event found in the plots of painting, graphics, on porcelain and in bronze. The character of the joint images of Alexander I and Napoleon I is remarkable. For example, in the exhibition you can see a unique miniature of that time with strong embraces of the emperor of the French and the Russian tsar.
In Tilsit, and a year later in Erfurt, the topic arises of the possibility of consolidating the peace of the two countries by kinship. Napoleon tried in vain to seal the "bonds of friendship" with proposals for a dynastic marriage. Negative responses deeply hurt him. “I’d rather marry the last Russian stoker than this rootless Corsican tyrant,” said Grand Duchess Ekaterina Pavlovna. The exhibition will show the main characters of the Russian Imperial House. This side is vividly and meaningfully presented with unique exhibits from the collection of Sergey and Tatiana Podstanitsky, as well as the collection of Sergey Vasilyev.
The decisive refusal of the Romanov family, however, meant one thing for the rejected groom: a head-on collision with Russia is inevitable. Ahead was a war, the price of which is known to us - a million human lives. These events of the march on Moscow and its inglorious end were reflected in the exhibition, because Russia was the scene of the most important, tragic events of that era. Here is the beginning of the collapse of the great empire of Napoleon, his foreign policy and all his plans.
The project provides an opportunity to trace the path of Napoleon to his very last days of exile on St. Helena. Leafing through the final pages of his life, in which the “sworn friend” Alexander I remains as the winner, one can again wonder what would happen if..?
The exposition is located in the House-Museum of Muravyov-Apostolov on the Old Basman Street. The main building of the noble estate is one of the few wooden buildings in Moscow that survived the fire of 1812. It is noteworthy that the sons of the owner of the estate, I. M. Muravyov-Apostol, fought against the Napoleonic army, and later were among the founders of secret societies and participants in the 1825 uprising. At present, thanks to the efforts of a descendant of the ancient family of Christopher Muravyov-Apostol, the estate has been restored and the appearance of the beginning of the 19th century has been restored to it.
The project will be organized by the educational program. On August 15, on the day of the 250th anniversary of Napoleon Bonaparte, the exhibition catalog will be presented.
Days and hours of operation: Wednesday – Friday: 14.00 - 20.00; Saturday: 14.00 - 19.00.
Tickets: 150 - 350 rubles.
Project author: Alexander Vikhrov
Curator of the exhibition: Sergey Podstanitsky