The exhibition The Russian Word and Image: Four hundred Years of Books and Art illustrates medieval, imperial, and contemporary Russian history through the lens of one hundred and eighty rare artifacts culled from the library, archives, and museum of the Foundation of Russian History. Featuring manuscripts, documents, print materials, photographs, and three-dimensional objects, the exhibition focuses on eleven distinct periods: The Muscovite Tsardom, Petrine Russia, Catherine the Great, Alexander I: War and Peace, Nicholas I, Alexander II, Alexander III, Nicholas II: The Last of the Tsars, Civil War, Exodus, and Abroad.
With cultural objects to help contextualize the story, the exhibition traces the modest beginnings of sixteenth-century Russian ecclesiastical publishing to the glorious accomplishments of print culture in the nineteenth century. The struggle of anti-Bolshevik forces during the Russian Civil War, and the fate of Russian émigrés who left Soviet Russia is also examined. The exhibit culminates with the New World, where centuries-old traditions were resurrected and preserved in new lands and surroundings. Tracing the origins of Holy Trinity Monastery to the Pochaev Lavra in Ukraine, we ultimately come full circle to the beginning of ecclesiastical publishing and these living traditions.
The Russian Word and Image in the press:
This exhibit is made possible by the generous support of the following patrons and donors:
Patrons: Foundation of St. Basil the Great, Moscow; Pavel Lisitsin; Pavel Novoselov; Renova Group, New York.
Donors: Adegi Graphics; George Contis; Stephen de Angelis; Icons and Antiques; Nicholas and Anna Jordan; Rostislav Ordovsky; Constantine Stamos; Consulate General of the Russian Federation, New York.In addition, individual displays have been donated by: Diocese of Montreal and Canada, Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR); Diocese of New York and Eastern America, ROCOR; Diocese of San Francisco and Western America, ROCOR; Fund for Assistance to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia; Dr. Cyril and Elke Geacintov, in memory of Erast Nikolaevich Geacintov (1894-1975); Edward Kasinec, in memory of Ignac A. and Justina I. Kasinec; Alexander Rabinovich, in memory of Natasha Lyanda (1937-2010); The Russian Nobility Association in America; and Marilyn Swezey.