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October, 11, 2005 - February, 26, 2006

Belgium, Brussels

Organized by:
Palais des Beaux-Arts, Espace culturel ING, Brussels, Belgium

Barmas (collar) of Tsar Michael FyodorovichThe 20th Europalia International festival in autumn 2005 makes Belgium an European cultural center and enables the auditorium to get acquainted with Russian history and culture under the motto "Visit Russia in the heart of Europe!"

October, 11, 2005 - January, 22, 2006, in Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts runs exhibition "Russia. From tsar to emperor".

The display presents Russian history and culture to the Belgian audience. The exhibition project is participated by the largest museums of Russia, i.e. the State Hermitage, the State History Museum, the State Museum-Preserve "Tsarskoe selo", the Novgorod State Museum-Preserve and others.

Moscow Kremlin Museums present three unique monuments of the XVIIth century: collar (barmas) of Tsar Michael Fyodorovich Romanov, royal rod and tight-fitting dress (caftan) of Tsar Peter Alexeevich.

October, 18, 2005 - February, 26, 2006, Brussels, Espace culturel ING runs exhibition "Fabergй. Romanovs' jeweler".

For the first time outside the country, Russia presents the great maker's works of art, which have been kept in national museums since the Revolution. The following museums participate in this event: the Moscow Kremlin Museum-Preserve, the State Hermitage Museum, the Museums of Fine Arts of Ekaterinburg and Omsk, the Perm State Art Gallery, the State Museum-Preserve of Pavlovsk, and the Fersman Mineralogical Museum of Moscow.

Among European collections of particular value are masterpieces of the Fabergй Firm from the collection of Her Majesty Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, e.g. the Mosaic Imperial Easter Egg.

The Belgian display presents creations by the famous Russian jeweler in all their variety. Stone-cut works of art are particularly accented as the tendency comes from the Ural tradition.

Moscow Kremlin Museums present more than 50 jewelry artworks of the Fabergй Firm. Precious brooches, pendants, cigar-cases, boxes, lighters give evidence to the variety and elegance of shape, fantasy  and craftsmanship of executors. Of particular attention are creations by illustrious Michael Perkhin and Heinrich Wigstrцm, most illustrious makers of the Firm.