Monplaisir Palacе: a Journey from St. Petersburg to Moscow

An unexpected journey from one Russian capital to another

  1. Project Type: Exhibition
  2. Scale:

    1100 sq.m

    760 items

  3. Clients: Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve
  4. Scope of works:
    • Interpretative planing
    • Masterplaning
    • Exhibition design and Creative direction
    • Graphic design
    • Project management
  5. Location: Moscow
  6. Programme: November 2018 - May 2019
  7. The project team:

    Julia Napolova

    Ekaterina Davidenkova

    Elizaveta Tsaplina

    Anastasia Mokhova

    Anna Stavitskaya

Tsarytsino Museum–Reserve is where one of the Peterhof's symbols relocated to: the Ekaterininsky Korpus of Monplaisir Palacе found a new home in the south of Moscow. This single storey building by Francesco Rastrelli was erected for the Empress of Russia Elizabeth Petrovna in the mid-18th century. Now it is closed for renovation — but recreated in another Russia's capital. The visitors of Tsarytsinocan walk through the interiors of the Monplaisir: the parlor, the bedchamber, the waiting room and several living rooms. Each room is a refined example of the Empire style from the days of the Emperor Alexander I.

Our primary concept for this exhibition is «a palace inside a palace», the Monplaisir Palacе in the Tsarytsino. We decided not to integrate two such different spaces, but to underline their drastic division.Therefore we highlighted the palace's interiors as a closed volume. This is how the theatrical deminsion got into the game: we used large boxes to display the items as if they lived in a dollhouse. The whole exhibition turned into a theatre scene, with the imperials interiors as both settings and actors.

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