Exhibition "Gatchina, 1917"


November 16 in the halls of the Arsenal square of the Gatchina Palace will open the exhibition "Gatchina. 1917 ». The temporary exposition is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution and includes items from sixteen museum collections, archives and private collections.

The exposition covers the period from the beginning of the 20th century until 1918, it touches the main stages of the 1917 revolution from the end of February to the critical moment of the last days of October, when the destiny of the country was being decided in Gatchina.

The exhibition features interior items, paintings, graphics, photographs and documents. Visitors will see personal belongings of members of the family of Emperor Alexander III, the widowed Empress Maria Feodorovna, Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich, who could become the new emperor, the throne of Nicholas II, whose abdication marked the end of the monarchy in Russia.

One of the central exhibits of the exhibition is the famous painting "The Escape of Kerensky from Gatchina" (1936-1938) from the collection of the State Tretyakov Gallery. Soviet artist G.M. Shegal portrayed the former chairman of the Provisional Government hurriedly changing in the dress of the sister of mercy. The Gatchina Palace became Kerensky's last headquarters in the October days.

Also at the exhibition for the first time are photos of the interiors of the Gatchina Palace of the 1910s from the historical collection of the museum, returned from Germany in September 2017.