From October 23 to January 27 in the Ivanovsky Hall of the Russian State Library opens the exhibition "Books of the old house: the world of childhood in the XIX - early XX century." An amazing exhibition-game, exhibition-quest, which carries over to 1918, will be interesting for both adults and children.
The exhibition presents a pre-revolutionary children's book and periodicals in Russian and main European languages from the collection of the Russian State Library, as well as paintings of the 18th - early 20th centuries from the collection of the Novgorod Museum-Reserve. The publications and paintings are complemented by objects that have shaped children's perception of the world and are able to tell about interests, learning, entertainment, family values and traditions.
Benois A. N. "The ABC in Pictures" The "Books of the Old House" project takes 100 years ago, to an old manor house, similar to the one that Alexander Benois painted on a sheet with the letter "D" in "ABC in Pictures", invented by the artist for his little son Kolya in 1904. Where its inhabitants disappeared, one can only guess. But the memory remained in the house, preserved in books, portraits, toys. The books living in the rooms tell not about the history of pre-revolutionary children's literature, but about what the representatives of three generations of a large family read, loved and kept. Books were able to preserve what their owners dreamed of, what inspired, what was important and valuable for each individually and for all together.
Moving from room to room, visitors to the exhibition will get acquainted with the best publications for children of the 19th - early 20th centuries and see how the attitude towards children's literature changed, how the opposition developed between edifying realistic prose, which protected young readers from vice and dangers, and books that immersed them in the world of fairy tales and dreams, adventures, humor. Alexander Benois, who created the ABC in Pictures, became the prototype of the Pope in the imaginary family of our house, and his book will be a guide through the exhibition.
The subject world of the exhibition is very interesting and gives an opportunity to look into the lives of children of the 19th - early 20th centuries. Visitors will see authentic photographs, portraits, children's drawings, board games, crafts, educational materials on handicrafts, crafts, sciences, arts, postcards and even chocolate wrappers.
The exhibition brings together history and modernity. As part of the educational program for children, master classes will be held, the participants of which will become familiar with what their peers were fond of a hundred years ago, and lectures and excursions will make it possible to understand that the book, not only in the past, but also in the present, is an integral part of a warm family home.
It will be possible to get acquainted with the exhibits and look through books using multimedia and a special free application for smartphones "Artifact".