On 15 November 2014 the large-scale exhibition of masterpieces manufactured by Wedgwood, a legendary British company, opens at the All-Russia Decorative Applied and Folk Art Museum as part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014.
The White Hall of the museum with a floor area of more than six hundred square meters will accommodate artworks from the Lady Lever Collection (Liverpool) which have never travelled abroad before, as well as unique and rare exhibits from the collections of the State Hermitage Museum, the State Tretyakov Gallery, the A. S. Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, the Palace-Museums of Moscow and the St. Petersburg regions (Tsarskoye Selo, Pavlovsk, Peterhof, Ostankino, Kuskovo, Kolomenskoye estates).
The exhibition will bring together more than three hundred objects of the highest esthetical value: jewellery, furniture pieces, costumes, paintings and graphics from the XVIII — XIX cc. Among the display’s unique exhibits, visitors will discover one of the three marble fireplaces with Flaxman blue jasper plaquettes in its original form, porcelain plates with paintings by animalist George Stubbs, two oval medallions with portraits of Catherine II and Peter I, and pieces from Catherine II’s famous Green Frog service, comprising almost a thousand objects. Besides that, the exhibition will feature one of the most perfect reproductions of the famous Portland vase made in black basalt, as well as a selection of the company’s contemporary artworks.
Josiah Wedgwood, creator of ceramic artworks, was simultaneously an artist, an inventor and a businessman. Wedgwood products came to symbolize British culture and turned into a standard of style. The exhibits of the display will cover an extensive range of topics associated with culture, science and the organization of production: the company’s creation in 1759, the manufacture of products in ancient Greek and Roman styles, experiments with colour and form, the introduction of innovative technologies, the issue of new pottery and the creation of fashionable jewellery.
Visitors of our exhibition will also be able to participate in a comprehensive educational program that will accompany the main exhibition: lectures and round-table discussions, film screenings about Wedgwood, its time and fate, recitals of British literary works popular in the XVIII century, workshops, presentations of Russian and English tea party traditions, and educational quizzes. A special souvenir shop offering Wedgwood products will be open during the exhibition.
The Unrivalled Wedgwood exhibition in our museum will coincide with the Music of the Earth festival devoted to the musical cultures of different countries. It will open on 26 November with a gala concert at the House of Music, and then four unforgettable recitals by star performers from Russia, England and Ireland will continue its program at the museum over the following four days.