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Exhibition December 17, 2021 − February 23

Russian Constantinople

The State Museum of Oriental Art and the Alexander Vasiliev Foundation present the exhibition "Russian Constantinople".

Five museum halls hold more than 100 exhibits, mainly from the collection of the Alexander Vasilyev Foundation, as well as the Museum of Oriental Art and the House of Russian Abroad.

The first room is devoted to creating an image of Turkey as it was seen by the emigrants who disembarked from the ships: living by tradition but subject to European fashion; poor but retaining traces of Eastern luxury. The exhibits include inlaid furniture, carpets, embroidery, metal and ceramic utensils, richly decorated clothing from various regions of the Ottoman Empire and traditional shoes. The remaining sections of the exhibition are intended to show the life of the creative part of the emigration and the innovations brought by newcomers to the daily culture of Constantinople. There are paintings by Russian artists who worked in Turkey in the 20s, prints, photographs and documents. A "Russian cafe", a "Russian fashion house" and even a coastal area are recreated, as it was the Russians who brought the idea of water recreation and beach fashion to the Ottoman capital.

Prepared according to the materials of the website State Museum of Oriental Art.