The exhibition entitled “Treasures of Sacred Art,” was firstly seen by the Queen Sonja of Norway and the Russian ambassador in Norway Vyacheslav Pavlovsky. In honor of the guests famous Norwegian Chamber Choir, the Via Cantus, gave a concert of classical music.
“We are pleased to welcome Norwegian public to the exhibition. The National Gallery has shown great interest in our exhibit, “- said director of the Moscow Kremlin Museums Helena Gagarin on the eve of the opening. According to her, about half of the exhibits brought to the Scandinavian coast are never exhibited abroad before. In addition, some of them were specially imported on the request of Norwegian colleagues.
In particular, this is the golden chalice /a cup containing the wine at Mass/ that was completed for Catherine II by a master Iver Vindfeldt Beech, a native citizen of Drammen. “He came to St. Petersburg in 1770 at age 20. But this beggar tramp quickly became a favorite of the Empress's court wizard,” – said Vidar Halen, the curator of the exhibition at the National Gallery.
Russian church. Sacred Treasures from the Kremlin
Date: September, 23, 2010 – January, 16, 2011
Place: Norway, Oslo, the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design