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 RUSSIA! The Majesty of the Tsars: Treasures from the Kremlin Museum
September 1, 2005–January 15, 2006

The Guggenheim Hermitage Museum is pleased to present RUSSIA! The Majesty of the Tsars: Treasures from the Kremlin Museum, a spectacular exhibition of fine, decorative, and applied arts of the 16th and 17th centuries from the collection of the Armory Chamber in the Kremlin Museum, Moscow. For nearly five hundred years, the Armory has served as the chief repository for Russiaís priceless historical and artistic treasures. It preserved the most valued possessions of the tsars and their family members and thus provides a palpable link to Russiaís resplendent past. RUSSIA! The Majesty of the Tsars brings together some of the Kremlin Museumís most remarkable royal treasures, testifying to the opulent lifestyle of Russiaís tsars and tsarinas during the period prior to the founding of St. Petersburg in 1703. The exhibition is divided into four main themes: "The Tsar and His Family," "War and the Hunt," "Power and Faith," and "Royal Feasts and Diplomatic Gifts." Each theme reveals a unique facet of the life of Russia's royal family, as well as the central role played by the pomp and circumstance of official ceremonies in their lives.

RUSSIA! The Majesty of the Tsars: Treasures from the Kremlin Museum is part of RUSSIA!, the most comprehensive and significant exhibition of Russian art since the end of the Cold War, now at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and under the official patronage of Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin. Taken together, the New York and Las Vegas presentations of RUSSIA! allow visitors to embark on an exciting journey that spans eight hundred years of artmaking and more than two hundred years of art collecting in Russia.

Ladle, Kremlin workshops, ca. 1618. Gold, silver, stones, and pearls, 11 13/16 x 7 7/8 inches.