Mermaid and Unicorn
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Mermaid and Unicorn

Kolomenskoe
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Fri., Sat. 10:00-20:00
Tue. - Thu., Sun. 10:00-18:00

Great Exhibition Hall, Palace of Tsar Alexey Romanov: bldg 69, 39 Prospekt Andropova (Entrance 3)

At the exhibition, we welcome children and their parents to explore our museum’s fantastic world together with fairy-tale characters

This interactive display at the Palace of Tsar Alexey Romanov will introduce both our young visitors and their parents into the unusual world of the Kolomenskoe Museum via fairy tales. You will meet popular Russian tales characters and will slip away for a while from reality to enter an imaginary world where the Water Mill on the Zhuzha Rivulet is home to mermaids, the mysterious Golosov Ravine is guarded by a unicorn and the apples in the palace garden have enough magic power to turn you younger again!

You will see popular fairy-tale images interpreted in the decorative and applied art, everyday-life items, painting, graphics, old printed books, architectural elements and even cloths (all coming from our museum collection).

‘Unicorn’ glazed tile. Moscow, ca 1650. Red clay, colored glazes; modeling, painting, firing. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
Tile belt showing a lion and a unicorn. Moscow, 2nd half of the XVII c. Red clay, colored glazes; modeling, painting, firing. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
Architrave fragment. Nizhny Novgorod Province, Russia, 1870s. Wood, metal; carpentry, carving, painting. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
‘Small Duck’ linen smoother. Central Russia, XIX c. Wood; carving, painting, varnishing. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
Pendant ink-pot. Volga Region, Russia, mid-XVIII c. Brass; casting, engraving. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
‘Apple Tree Branch’ decorative plate. Matvey Kuznetsov Factories Association. Russia, late XIX – early XX century. Faience; modeling, painting, firing. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
David Zipirovic. Plate. 1920s. Clay, glaze; molding, painting, firing. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
N.A.Konstantinov. ‘Ancient Russian City’ presentational dish. Mariinsky Posad, Russia, 1910s – 1920s. Wood; carving, oil painting, turning, tinting, waxing. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
Ivan Glazunov. Sketch of ornamental painting for the Palace of Tsar Alexey Romanov. Moscow, 2009. Cardboard, tempera.
Ivan Glazunov. Sketch of ornamental painting for the Palace of Tsar Alexey Romanov. Moscow, 2009. Cardboard, tempera. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
N.A.Konstantinov. Small scoop. Mariinsky Posad, Russia, 1970s. Wood; carving, tinting, waxing, chiseling, pin striping. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
N.A.Konstantinov. Birchbark container with a lid. Mariinsky Posad, Russia, 1967. Wood, varnish; carving, turning, pin striping, varnishing. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
Architrave. Nizhny Novgorod Province, Russia, 1870s. Wood, metal; carpentry, carving, painting. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
‘Pharaoh and Lion’ façade panel. Nizhny Novgorod Province, Russia, 1860s. Wood; carpentry, coloring, carving. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
‘Curved Sea-Shore’ anniversary vase. Kasli factory, Russia, 1900. Cast iron; casting, incuse, coloring, mounting. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
‘Unicorn’ glazed tile. Moscow, ca 1650. Red clay, colored glazes; modeling, painting, firing. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
Tile belt showing a lion and a unicorn. Moscow, 2nd half of the XVII c. Red clay, colored glazes; modeling, painting, firing. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
Architrave fragment. Nizhny Novgorod Province, Russia, 1870s. Wood, metal; carpentry, carving, painting. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
‘Small Duck’ linen smoother. Central Russia, XIX c. Wood; carving, painting, varnishing. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
Pendant ink-pot. Volga Region, Russia, mid-XVIII c. Brass; casting, engraving. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
‘Apple Tree Branch’ decorative plate. Matvey Kuznetsov Factories Association. Russia, late XIX – early XX century. Faience; modeling, painting, firing. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
David Zipirovic. Plate. 1920s. Clay, glaze; molding, painting, firing. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
N.A.Konstantinov. ‘Ancient Russian City’ presentational dish. Mariinsky Posad, Russia, 1910s – 1920s. Wood; carving, oil painting, turning, tinting, waxing. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
Ivan Glazunov. Sketch of ornamental painting for the Palace of Tsar Alexey Romanov. Moscow, 2009. Cardboard, tempera.
Ivan Glazunov. Sketch of ornamental painting for the Palace of Tsar Alexey Romanov. Moscow, 2009. Cardboard, tempera. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
N.A.Konstantinov. Small scoop. Mariinsky Posad, Russia, 1970s. Wood; carving, tinting, waxing, chiseling, pin striping. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
N.A.Konstantinov. Birchbark container with a lid. Mariinsky Posad, Russia, 1967. Wood, varnish; carving, turning, pin striping, varnishing. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
Architrave. Nizhny Novgorod Province, Russia, 1870s. Wood, metal; carpentry, carving, painting. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
‘Pharaoh and Lion’ façade panel. Nizhny Novgorod Province, Russia, 1860s. Wood; carpentry, coloring, carving. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
‘Curved Sea-Shore’ anniversary vase. Kasli factory, Russia, 1900. Cast iron; casting, incuse, coloring, mounting. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
‘Unicorn’ glazed tile. Moscow, ca 1650. Red clay, colored glazes; modeling, painting, firing. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
Tile belt showing a lion and a unicorn. Moscow, 2nd half of the XVII c. Red clay, colored glazes; modeling, painting, firing. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
Architrave fragment. Nizhny Novgorod Province, Russia, 1870s. Wood, metal; carpentry, carving, painting. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
‘Small Duck’ linen smoother. Central Russia, XIX c. Wood; carving, painting, varnishing. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
Pendant ink-pot. Volga Region, Russia, mid-XVIII c. Brass; casting, engraving. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
‘Apple Tree Branch’ decorative plate. Matvey Kuznetsov Factories Association. Russia, late XIX – early XX century. Faience; modeling, painting, firing. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
David Zipirovic. Plate. 1920s. Clay, glaze; molding, painting, firing. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
N.A.Konstantinov. ‘Ancient Russian City’ presentational dish. Mariinsky Posad, Russia, 1910s – 1920s. Wood; carving, oil painting, turning, tinting, waxing. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
Ivan Glazunov. Sketch of ornamental painting for the Palace of Tsar Alexey Romanov. Moscow, 2009. Cardboard, tempera.
Ivan Glazunov. Sketch of ornamental painting for the Palace of Tsar Alexey Romanov. Moscow, 2009. Cardboard, tempera. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
N.A.Konstantinov. Small scoop. Mariinsky Posad, Russia, 1970s. Wood; carving, tinting, waxing, chiseling, pin striping. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
N.A.Konstantinov. Birchbark container with a lid. Mariinsky Posad, Russia, 1967. Wood, varnish; carving, turning, pin striping, varnishing. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
Architrave. Nizhny Novgorod Province, Russia, 1870s. Wood, metal; carpentry, carving, painting. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
‘Pharaoh and Lion’ façade panel. Nizhny Novgorod Province, Russia, 1860s. Wood; carpentry, coloring, carving. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve
‘Curved Sea-Shore’ anniversary vase. Kasli factory, Russia, 1900. Cast iron; casting, incuse, coloring, mounting. Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve


Several tactile models of exhibits permitting to literally partake of the world of fairy tales have been created for this exhibition project. The Middle-Age door hinge and the horse-shoe have been replicated at the museum’s working smithy and the plaster model of Mikhail Vrubel’s ‘Lybian Lion’ mask has been cast by ceramists of the Stroganov Moscow State University of Art and Industrial Design (meticulous work that required about half a year!).

The riddles, picture-puzzles, tests and games accompanying the display will excite preschool children as well as teenagers. Exploring the museum items and completing simple tasks, our young visitors will discover elements of the Russian folklore and art, expand their knowledge on the Russian folk culture and see how it is developing at present.

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