Secrets of palace interiors. Secrets of restoration

Exhibition November 27, 2020 − March 30, 2021
The State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg presents a large exhibition project “Secrets of palace interiors. Secrets of restoration ".

The exposition tells about the grandiose restoration projects carried out by the specialists of the Tsarskoye Selo restoration workshop over 40 years of work: the reconstruction and restoration of the Amber Room, the Lyons Hall, the Church of the Resurrection of Christ in the Catherine Palace, the Agate Rooms in the Catherine Park; presents objects of decorative and applied art made of wood, metal, amber, gemstones, which once adorned the interiors of Tsarskoye Selo palaces, “brought back to life”; and also demonstrates the author's creative works of artists-restorers.

The Tsarskoye Selo amber workshop was organized in 1979 to recreate the Amber Room of the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo, stolen by the Nazis during the Great Patriotic War. The unique interior had to be restored based on only 100 pre-war black-and-white photographs, one color slide and the remains of the preserved amber decor. The exhibition tells about the most complex, painstaking work of restorers, which required the study and restoration of forgotten technologies of artistic processing and coloring of amber, used in the 17th - 18th centuries: from intaglio engravings to volumetric carving. The art of the restorers at the exhibition can be appreciated by the panels and decorative elements made of the "sun stone" made for the Amber Room.

Based on site materials Museum of the History of St. Petersburg.