Four Museums’ Centenary Project

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This article was originally published by the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve 

This year the four former imperial suburban residences – Tsarskoe Selo, Peterhof, Pavlovsk and Gatchina – celebrate their 100th anniversary as museums with a joint project titled A Century of the Museums: For the 100th Anniversary of Suburban Palace Museums in St Petersburg .

[Note: the Imperial palaces were nationalized under the new Bolshevik government in 1918, and turned into museums – PG]

The Four Museums’ Centenary Project already has its own design style (see logo above), developed by Dmitry Barbanel’s design group Workshop, and a promotional video created by Pantalyk Studio and LAM Productions (click here to watch).

According to the video’s director and scriptwriter Aksinia Gog, the goal was to show the “mystical souls” of the four large museums and parks and make it work within a 2-minute clip to a music track by Ivan Lubennikov. Gone away from traditional postcard views, the makers shot only from unusual angles and focused on nighttime footage using an octocopter drone with integrated LEDs.

Launched on 28 January 2018 with a January-to-June series of lectures at the Alexandrinsky Theatre New Stage, the Four Museums’ Centenary Project will also include academic conferences, art festivals and cultural events. Its highlight will be a joint exhibition conceptually curated by stage director Anderey Moguchy, which is to open at the St Petersburg Manege this fall.