"Prompted by nature"

The exhibition "Prompted by Nature" is timed to the Year of Ecology in Russia and presents works from porcelain, ceramics and glass from the collection of the State Museum of Ceramics and "The Kuskovo Estate of the 18th Century". The basis of the exhibition project were objects created in the XVII - XX centuries, allowing to demonstrate a person's ideas about the essence of the world, the place of a person in it, two "kingdoms" - Flora and Fauna - inexhaustible sources of inspiration for works of artists of different eras.

The first section of the exhibition is devoted to the theme of four elements, which, according to the ideas that appeared in antiquity, are the basis of the universe and cosmic harmony, various natural phenomena and the change of seasons. Four primary elements - earth, water, fire and air - figuratively embodied in the works of glass artists SM. Beskinskaya, D.N. and L.N. Shushkanovs, L.I. Saveleva. This section is complemented by objects of the 17th century Italian majolica, author's porcelain, such famous masters as V.K. Yasnetsov, B.E. Kalita, V.N. Olszewski. They convey the joy of nature awakening in spring, and the ringing silence of winter, and the time of harvest in the fall, and the bright colors of summer.

The second section of the exhibition is devoted to the kingdom of Flora, Fauna and the place of Man in it. Visitors to the exhibition will see the diversity of the natural forms of the plant and animal world in the works of the leading ceramic and porcelain enterprises of Europe and Russia of the 18th - early 20th centuries. Some of them are endowed with a naturalistic vision, are distinguished by fine elaboration, attention to detail and accuracy of reproduction of natural motifs. Others represent creative fiction, demonstrating the irrepressible imagination of the performers. A special place in the exposition is occupied by life-sized white sculptures of birds and animals: "Cazuar", "Golden Pheasant", "Parrot Ara", "Turkey", "Kozel", cast by the old models I.I. Candler in the middle of the twentieth century. By order of the Saxon Elector Augustus II, it was supposed to create huge porcelain animals and birds for the gallery of the Japanese Palace in Dresden. However, the project remained unfulfilled due to the great technical difficulties encountered in the performance of major works.

The exhibition is complemented by objects illustrating the interrelation of nature and man, the daily hard work of ordinary people: gardeners, farmers, shepherds, blacksmiths, miners.