On 17 April the second season of “Discovering Russia with Russian Seasons” starts. It is a unique media project devoted to Russia and its culture. The first season received more than 1 million views and won audience’s praise and love. The second season includes three video tours in four Russian museums.
Discovering Russia with Russian Seasons is an English-language video project prepared alongside with cultural establishments for foreign and Russian spectators. Its main particularity not having any analogues in the world is filming featuring heads of agencies and museum curators. Local guides and staff tell about flagship collections, show significant details and share little-known facts about exhibit items and museums themselves. This project gives all adorers of Russian art an opportunity to see what has never been shown online.
“The start of the second season of “Discovering Russia with Russian Seasons” is a significant even for all Russian culture fans. The project is eagerly sought, which is proved by the reaction of the audience and the number of views. I am sure that many people would like to visit the famous sights, and we will make a gift of such an opportunity to all lovers of Russian culture”, - Alexey Lebedev, Director of the Russian Seasons.
The second season will start with a virtual tour in The State Russian Museum. It is the world's largest collection of Russian art, which is located in the central part of St. Petersburg. A great number of priceless exhibit items of different epochs is shown inside the museum. The audience will be able to get to know an early period of Russian art, including holy images by Andrei Rublev. The art of the early 18th century is represented by the portrait of Peter the Great by Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, the halls of Dmitry Levitzky and Fedot Shubin (art of the Catherine II era), the painting “The Last Day of Pompeii” by Karl Bryullov, “The Ninth Wave” by Ivan Aivazovsky, “Ceremonial Meeting of the State Council” by Ilya Repin.
To mark the 130th anniversary of the birth of Sergei Prokofiev, a tour of the museum created in his honor will be carried out. The museum was opened in 2008 and was included in the Museum of Music. Prokofiev’s works were recognized all over the world since the value of his music lies in generosity of a soul and kindness, commitment to humanistic ideas, artistic wealth of the compositions
The museum collection allows to learn more about different sides of Prokofiev's musical genius. Some sections are devoted to piano, symphonic and choral works. The exhibition hall displays items related to the musical theater, opera and ballet works of the composer. The calling card of the museum is the installation of the memorial cabinet with the original belongings of Sergei Prokofiev. A famous grand piano Steinway&Sons that belonged to the composer is placed there as well. The concert tailcoat and the conductor's baton will point out one more creative side of Sergei Prokofiev.
The online video tour audience will also visit The Estate Museum of Feodor Chaliapin (included in the Museum of Music) in Moscow, which is dedicated to life and work of the distinguished opera artist. The Museum was founded in 1988. Chaliapin, a famous Russian opera singer, actor, bass singer, was a true embodiment of a Russian soul: he was generous, living on a grand scale. He is famous as an artist who combined strongest vocal abilities and phenomenal acting skills in his work. He had a great influence on the world opera art, and his life is commemorated in a large number of books and films.
The first and second floors of the mansion represent a completely recreated complex of rooms where Chaliapin used to live and work. The audience will be able to see private family photos of the singer, portraits and know how his household looked like. The spectators will have an opportunity to have a walk in the Green Salon, the cabinet of Feodor Chaliapin, take a look at the children's room, see the pool hall, go upstairs where awards and gifts of the artist are shown. They include The Legion of Honour, Lithuanian and Bulgarian awards. Stage costumes worn by Chaliapin during his performances in the whole country are presented on the mannequins, the sketches of decorations by artists Ivan Bilibin and Korovin are hung on the walls. The audience can see original things that belonged to the artist: the hat, pack of cards, cigarettes and a grand piano by Bechstein firm, which Sergei Rachmaninoff used to play often.
“The Museum of Music became the first Moscow museum shown on the “Discovering Russia with Russian Seasons” platform. We are very glad that, thanks to virtual tours, international audience will be able to get to know real legends of musical heritage of our country, who are composer Sergei Prokofiev and bass singer Feodor Chaliapin. For sure, I would like to show a particular gratitude to the “Russian Seasons” team, which encourages the popularization of Russian culture abroad in such a professional and enthusiastic manner,” – Director General of the Museum of Music, Honored Worker of Arts of the Russian Federation, Mikhail Bryzgalov.
The video tour of the Fabergé Museum will finalize the second cycle. It is situated in the very center of St. Petersburg in the Naryshkin-Shuvalov Palace. It has a unique collection of Russian jewelry and decorative and applied arts of the 19th and 20th centuries. The museum has the largest collection of masterpieces by Carl Fabergé, and the core of the collection is the legendary Easter eggs Collection. The audience will be able to walk along the Grand Staircase of the palace, the Blue, Red, and Gold Guest rooms, the Knights’ Hall and learn the history of the “jewelry” St. Petersburg. The museum opened its doors to art lovers not so long ago – 7 years ago, and since then it has been the pearl of the city, welcoming residents and tourists who admire the elegance, beauty of the exposition and the decoration of the museum every time. In 2020 the Fabergé Museum was included in the TOP 5 most visited museums in Russia according to the magazine “The Art Newspaper”. The event will start at 8 p.m. Moscow time on the official website of the “Russian Seasons”.
The first season of “Discovering Russia with Russian Seasons” was a big success. Video tours of The State Museum Reserve Peterhof, St. Petersburg State Academic Capella and The Saint-Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music were shown. More than one million foreign and Russian spectators visited some of the main Russian culture sights virtually, without health risks. The audience from France, Germany, South Korea, the USA, Ireland, Italy, Great Britain and Belgium showed a particular interest.