History of Russian wooden architecture: First Wooden Architecture Reserve exhibition to open at VDNKh

August 8
Parks and pedestrian areas

The First Wooden Architecture Reserve exhibition will be held between 8 August and 18 October at Pavilion 67 at VDNKh. Visitors will learn about the décor of traditional Russian wooden houses and royal chambers, and see examples of traditional architectural woodcarving that have been preserved to the present day.

Original 16th‒19th century woodcarving used in traditional architecture and wooden architecture landmarks located in the Kolomenskoye Museum and Reserve will be on display at the exhibition. Admission is free, no registration is required. The project was organised by VDNKh and the Moscow State Integrated Museum-Reserve

“It is not a coincidence that the First Wooden Architecture Reserve exhibition will be held at Pavilion 67. With five monumental panels dedicated to different areas of national economy on its pediment and the massive carved doors of the main entrance featuring images of spruce branches, birds and squirrels, the pavilion’s design is one of the signature examples of wooden architecture at VDNKh,” VDNKh press service commented.

The exhibition is divided into four subject-specific sections. It centres on exhibits representing the traditional architectural woodcarving of the 16th‒19th centuries such as elements of structure and decoration used in peasant wooden houses in the village of Kolomenskoye and villages in the Volga Region and northern Russian territories.

A carved pediment from a house in the Nizhny Novgorod Region, preserved since 1870, is the highlight of the first section. The pediment is an example of Russian carpenters’ and woodcarvers’ craftsmanship. Its structural elements are adorned with floral wood carving with an image of the sun in the middle.

The second part of the exhibition focuses on fortification architecture in Old Russia. Visitors will see carved fragments of 17th century defence structures from the region near the Angara River and the Russian North. The exhibits include photographs and drawings of the Sumsky Dungeon’s Mokhovaya Tower and the gate tower of the Nikolo-Korelsky Monastery, transferred to and installed in Kolomenskoye in the early 1930s.

The interactive area of the third section will introduce visitors to the linear measures used in construction in the old times. The fourth section of the exhibition is dedicated to the history of the museum and reserve, with information about a 17th century mead brewery (one of the first landmarks in the Kolomenskoye collection), Peter the Great’s House moved from Arkhangelsk and the Church of St George the Victorious built in 1685.

Yulia Ivanko, Mos.ru

The exhibition is open all week except Mondays, from 11 am to 10 pm. Temporary regulations are in place at the exhibition venue. Specifically, not more than 20 visitors are allowed in the pavilion at any given time. Visitors must take precautionary measures and observe social distancing. 

Besides Pavilion 67, elements of wooden architecture can be found in the design of other historical buildings at VDNKh – for example, there is Pavilion 30 Industrial Microbiology with a carved pediment featuring bouquets of flowers over its main entrance, and pavilions 467 and 518 with their themed décor.

VDNKh (National Exhibition of Economic Achievements) is a unique public venue with 80 years of history. Covering more than 325 hectares, the exhibition comprises 49 cultural heritage sites, including historical pavilions and fountains. Thirty-three million people visited the park and exhibition in 2019.

This summer, park managers have developed three walking routes around the exhibition based on visitors’ preferences and a detailed fountain guide. The dancing season is in full swing in the park and a boating station is also open.

Source: mos.ru

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