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On the forthcoming opening of the exhibition "Carl Fabergé & Feodor Rückert. Masterpieces of Russian Enamel", a sculpture "Ovoid 7.1" by contemporary artist Grigory Orekhov was installed at the Cathedral Square of the Moscow Kremlin. The seven-part marble and fibreglass sculpture, with a height of 6.5 meters, is located nearby the entrance to the Assumption Belfry, where one of the two exhibition halls is located. The work created in 2018 is shown to the public for the first time.

Visitors of the exhibition, which will open on 9 October 2020, will see several hundred works made from precious metals with enamel — works of Russian jewellery firms of the 19th - early 20th century from museums and private collections of Russia and the United Kingdom. A special place will be taken by the famous imperial Easter Eggs by the firm of Carl Fabergé — "Moscow Kremlin", "Trans-Siberian Express", "Clover" and "300 Years of the Romanov House". The concept of Grigory Orekhov's sculpture rhymes not only with the most important art pieces but also with the colour scheme and architecture of the Cathedral Square — vaults, drums of cathedrals, apses and domes.

Grigory Orekhov combined two universal symbols and two pure forms — an egg and an axis in one work. The work symbolizes the creative path of the artist; each ovoid can be interpreted as a step, a new life experience. The higher the "staircase", the harder it is to keep the balance. Quartz obelisks seem to challenge the laws of gravity, measuring in an impossible pyramid and demonstrating that balance is still possible.

"This season, the opening of the exhibition had to be postponed for objective reasons, and the preparation took more time than usual, a lot had to be changed and rethought. We know that our frequent visitors are looking forward to this exhibition. We will show amazing enamel works of the historicism epoch, and guests will be greeted by a work of actual art at the Cathedral Square, which interestingly correlates with the exhibits of the future display", says Elena Gagarina.

"It is a great honour for me to show my work in the Moscow Kremlin Museums for the first time. It is always difficult to find harmony between the historical context and contemporary art, but I hope that we have succeeded here", says Grigory Orekhov.

Ovoid 7.1 will be displayed at the Cathedral Square until the end of the exhibition, 10 January 2021.

For more information, please contact the Press Centre of the Moscow Kremlin Museums:

Tel.: +7 (495) 695-41-87