Mirror Plate. Russian Provincial Portrait in the 18th through 19th centuries

Best Implemented Project of Temporary or Permanent Museum Exposition

About the project
Both the stage design and the dramatic composition get the audience ready for a dive into history. Elements of the past are used to make something new.
Level 1 tells about the merchants’ life. Spatial elements refer to the pre-Petrine architectural traditions, everyday living, and crafts. Walking through the exhibition, the viewers find themselves in an enclosed living room at first and then move to an open octagon, which is a symbol of a public space. Level 2 represents the living standards of the aristocrats and the clergy. From a portrait gallery, the visitors travel to a European-like belvedere.

St. Petersburg, Russia

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Anna Ilyina, architect and curator

Authors of the project
Architecture and stage design by Anna Ilyina
Design concept by Pavel Prigara
Graphic design by Katya Zubkova

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