Fascinating time travel connects past and present

Museum exhibition opened in the homeland of artist and composer Napoleon Orda — in the Ivanovo District’s Vorotsevichi village

Museum exhibition opened in the homeland of artist and composer Napoleon Orda — in the Ivanovo District’s Vorotsevichi village


Exhibition at the Napoleon Orda museum 

The exhibition is hosted by the museum’s new building, opened at the end of last year using funds from the international grant, in line with the trans-boundary co-operation programme. After considerable time spent planning, the event now occupies five exhibition halls, showing around 3,000 exhibits connected with the life and creativity of this famous person born in Vorotsevichi.

The first hall familiarises visitors with the childhood of the painter and composer — his family, family estate and the history of Vorotsevichi, while the second hall explores the French period in the history of Napoleon Orda: his participation in the 1830-1831 rebellion and emigration that lasted for twenty five years. The third hall showcases the painter’s works — copies of his watercolours, drawings and lithographs.



‘Time travel’ is also available in the hall, which is hosting an exhibition of works by Grodno photographer Andrey Yankovsky. Several years ago, he visited landmark sites which were once captured by Napoleon Orda and now contemporary photos on 18 tablets supplement ancient depictions of familiar places. A further space in the building, decorated with Napoleon Orda’s works, is equipped as a conference hall.

The museum complex of Napoleon Orda was founded in 2007 and is dedicated to the 200th anniversary since the birth of our famous fellow countryman. Alongside the museum, the complex includes a picture gallery housing works by contemporary painters created during plein air events in Ivanovo. In future, the facility will be supplemented with Orda’s family estate, which is now being revamped.

By Vladimir Mikhailovsky
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