Around the exhibition



L’Art Russe, des origines à Pierre le Grand
Exhibition catalog, under the direction of Jannic Durand, Dorota Giovannoni, Ioanna Rapti, assisted by Renata Clavien. Paris: Musée du Louvre Editions; Editions Somogy. 752 pages, €49


L’Art Russe, des origines à Pierre le Grand
Exhibition album, under the direction of Fabrice Douar, Jannic Durand, Dorota Giovannoni, Ioanna Rapti. Paris: Musée du Louvre Edition; Editions Somogy. 48 pages, €8

At the auditorium

See the full program of events based on the Holy Russia exhibition (from January to June 2010) in the "Auditorium" section of the

Art history lectures

Presentation of the exhibition by Jannic Durand, Musée du Louvre, Department of Decorative Arts Monday March 15, 2010 at 12:30
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The auditorium has introduced many Russian musicians to the public since 1989. Yesterday's young talents are now established artists whom the Louvre is delighted to welcome back for this exceptional program. The events of the Year of Russia in France (2010) are an opportunity for music lovers to enjoy the particular tone and sensitivity of Russian artists.
From January 6 to April 13, 2010, three concerts at 12:30 and seven concerts at 8 p.m. feature musicians of all ages, from the up-and-coming to the well known.
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These events are organized as part of the Year of Russia in France (2010) / France Musique and the cultural magazine Télérama are supporting the promotion of the concerts.
The Thursday concerts are supported by the SAFRAN Foundation for Music

Music on film

A season of Russian opera
from December 5, 2009 to June 13, 2010

After last season's tribute to the Scala Opera House in Milan, as part of the Year of Russia in France the Louvre auditorium has scheduled a program dedicated to Russian opera in the famous theaters in which it was performed during its peak years: the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow and the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg.

The season includes repertory classics such as Boris Godunov, Khovanshchina, Prince Igor, and Ruslan and Lyudmila, along with more rarely performed masterpieces—particularly Rimsky-Korsakov's works inspired by the legendary and mythological sources of Holy Russia, such as The Golden Cockerel and Sadko. In collaboration with the Mariinsky theater, two of the season's productions will be presented in High Definition: The Enchanted Wanderer by Rodion Shchedrin (in his presence), and The Queen of Spades, conducted by Valery Gergiev.
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The invention of Holy Russia - Идея Святой Руси
March 26 and 27, 2010

The notion of Holy Russia—the "Holy Nation", "Holy Place", "Holy Kingdom", or "Kingdom of Saints"—dates back to the Middle Ages. Deeply impacted by the fall of Constantinople, it came to the fore during the reign of Ivan the Terrible (1547–1584), and continued to progress throughout the 17th century. Russia proclaimed itself not only "holy" but also "pure"—the sole and ultimate depository of the holy tradition of the Eastern Church. The Romantic and nationalist movements of the 19th and 20th centuries led to the reformulation of the concept which acquired the "modern" form it has today. As in Western Europe, it originated in academic circles (historians, art historians), but was soon adopted by the cultured élites, exercising a strong influence on literature and the arts, and on the behavior of public and private collectors.

This symposium intends to develop two aspects of the subject: on the one hand, the historical foundations and constitutive ideas of the notion of Holy Russia; on the other, the related mythology.
Scientific organization committee:
Wladimir Berelowitch, EHESS - CERCEC (Center for Russian, Caucasian, and Central-European Studies), François-René Martin, ENSBA (National School of Fine Arts), Olga Medvedkova, CNRS (National Center of Scientific Research) - Centre André Chastel, Monica Preti-Hamard, Musée du Louvre.
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Day of debate: "Musée-Musées"

Restoration, reconstruction: Russian churches, an architectural heritage.
April 7, 2010

During the millennium of the Baptism of Russia in the mid-1980s, the Russian Orthodox Church undertook to recover the right to use the historical buildings that had been closed by the Soviet regime, and many restoration projects were initiated. This renewed interest in heritage has increased since 1991, and is now at its height. From restoration to identical reconstruction, a plethora of initiatives has been introduced, sometimes rather haphazardly—a trend that corresponds to a profound desire for identity. The debate will begin with a study of modern and contemporary Russian history; speakers include leading experts in ancient architecture and restoration, who will assess recent projects and address the issues raised by religious heritage.

In collaboration with Le Monde.
Participants: Aleksandr Musin, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg; Nikolaï Mitrokhine, University of Bremen; Kathy Rousselet, Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris; Alexei Shchenkov, Moscow Institute of Architecture; Mikhaïl Miltchik, Research Institute for the Restoration of Monuments, St. Petersburg; Irina Chunikhina, Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris; Michel Rutschkowsky, Inspection générale des musées de France, Paris.
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Holy images

Documentary films on the art of icons
Friday May 7, 2010, 12:30
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"Prayers" – cycle of films by Andrei Tarkovsky
Andrei Tarkovsky symbolized the revival of Soviet film in the early 1960s, yet his œuvre conveys a certain nostalgia, showing him to be heir to the Russian culture of spiritualism, mysticism, and prophecy—a filmmaker who saw filming as "a purifying moral act."
May 7, 8, and 9, 2010
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Cultural activities for individuals

Multimedia exhibition guide

A guide featuring commentaries on selected works will be available in French, English, and Spanish from March 3, 2010 until the exhibition ends on May 24, 2010.
Available at the entrance to the exhibition:
- full price €6
- reduced price €4.
- special offer for 18-25 year-olds, on Fridays after 6 p.m.: rent one guide, get one free!

Tours with specialist guides

Information +33 (0)1 40 20 52 63 -
Tours conducted by museum lecturers are available from March 17, 2010
Wednesday at 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 2:30 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m.

Workshop based on the theme "from icon to portrait"

for children aged 8-12
Saturday 16 and 23 January, 2010 at 2:15 p.m.
Sunday February 21, 2010 at 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday March 10, 2010 at 2:15 p.m.

Educational activities

Teachers: meet the exhibition curator

Presentation of the exhibition
by Jannic Durand, curator at the Louvre's Department of Decorative Arts
Wednesday March 31, 2010 at 2:15 p.m.
Booking essential due to limited places. Fax : +33 (0)1 40 20 55 54; e-mail:

Documentary resources

The Media Library team can help you prepare your visit and inform you of the range of learning aids available.


A current bibliography selected from the Louvre Media Library's written, visual, and audio material.

The Louvre teachers' brochure ("Brochure Louvre Enseignants," in French only) presents the 2009/2010 program for teachers and school groups; it can be downloaded from If you would like a print version of the brochure, please indicate your professional or home address.