Moscow, Splendours of the Romanovs recounts the history of three hundred years of rule by the Romanov dynasty through over six hundred works of great beauty, including the famous eggs made by the jeweller Carl Fabergé. An evocation of the Cathedral of the Dormition in the Kremlin brings back to life the splendid ceremonies of the coronation of the Czars, while examples of gold and silver work, tableware and cabinet-making illustrate the quintessence of the applied arts that underwent a revival in 19th-century Moscow: a capital that was never abandoned but whose centuries-old architecture, destroyed in the fire of 1812, lives on in its own way in engravings, drawings and paintings. Like a phoenix, Moscow rose again from its ashes, as is demonstrated both by the engravings from the middle of the 19th century and by the creative energies of its painters, architects and craftsmen. Photographs and early films immerse us in the family life of Nicholas II, the last of the Romanovs, while the Russian avant-garde, born in Moscow at the beginning of the 20th century, brought the house’s three hundred years of rule to an end.
Grimaldi Forum Monaco, Espace Ravel 11 July – 13 September 2009