Moscow, Russian State Library
On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Alexander II

Working with the exhibition space of the Ivanovsky Hall of the Russian State Library, we set ourselves the task of giving the infrastructure, left over from previous expositions, a system by creating a cross-cutting, common artistic design. Such a move was a system of arches imitating wooden architecture of the second half of the 19th century. Their arrangement organised the plan of the halls, and the shape and decorative design set the general style of the exposition. The first floor of the exposition covered topics related to the deeds of Alexander II during his reign. A deep green colour became the background for placing exhibits of various types. The general colour scheme of the second floor was a vibrating, rich, noble mustard colour - the colour of darkened gold, the monogram of Alexander II. This floor was dedicated to the biography of Alexander II from the moment of his birth, through the period of upbringing, training, travels around Russia ( the so-called “marriage with Russia”) to his actual wedding and coronation. A special place was given to several multimedia installations.

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Authors: Agniya Sterligova, Akop Iskudaryan
Aleksandr Larin, Nikolay Kaloshin
Graphic design: Xenia Nam, Olga Dzhumaeva
Photo: Dmitriy Schelokov, Vasiliy Bulanov