Over 60 displays to appear in Tverskaya Street for Moscow’s 870th anniversary

Over 60 displays to appear in Tverskaya Street for Moscow’s 870th anniversary
Exhibits include spacesuits, costumes from famous performances by the Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre and Bolshoi Theatre, and props from Mosfilm films.

For two days Tverskaya Street will turn into an open-air exhibition. During the Moscow’s anniversary celebrations between 9–10 September, there will be over 60 exhibition cases installed there, with almost a hundred exhibits dedicated to Russian space exploration as well as the history of sport, theatre, ballet and cinema.

The exhibition cases are from 1.5 to 2.5 m high, square, rectangular or triangular, and made of anti-vandal glass, and equipped with lighting for nighttime.

The exhibition will take place at four themed venues: Moscow Creates, Moscow Conquers, Moscow Discovers and Moscow Sets Records. Exhibits from the Memorial Cosmonautics Museum, Mosfilm Studios, theatres and private collections will be lent temporarily to this central Moscow street for the event.

Visitors will be able to learn the history of theatrical costume design at the Moscow Creates venue (Tverskaya Street, section from Bryusov Pereulok to Kamergersky Pereulok): the exhibition cases will hold costumes made for a Bolshoi Theatre production of Swan Lake as well as costumes from Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre productions of Uncle Vanya and The Cherry Orchard staged by Oleg Yefremov.

Visitors will also see dollhouse-sized models of sets. Based on surviving sketches, modern artists restored sets from the Gorky Moscow Art Academic Theatre’s production of The Golovlyov Family, Vakhtangov Theatre’s Much Ado About Nothing, Sovremennik’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf and others famous performances.

At the Moscow Sets Records venue (from Gazetny Pereulok to the intersection of Teatralny Proyezd with Bolshaya Dmitrovka Street) guests will see the 1972 Soviet basketball team’s uniforms from the film Going Vertical that will premiere this autumn, and the first Russian Olympic uniform (1992).

The equipment of a polar skier from the 1970s will be on display at the Moscow Discovers venue (Tverskaya Street, from Stoleshnikov Pereulok to Bryusov Pereulok). This is what the group of athletes headed by Russian explorer Dmitry Shparo wore in 1979, when they reached the North Pole for the first time in history. Exhibition cases with Soviet pilot and cosmonaut suits will be located at the Moscow Conquers venue (Tverskaya Street, from Kozitsky Pereulok to Maly Gnezdnikovsky Pereulok).

Visitors will see Sokol, Orlan-DM-V-GN and, of course, SK-1 spacesuits. The last one is the first spacesuit, which was used between 1961–1963 by the first cosmonauts to conquer space, including Yuri Gagarin and Valentina Tereshkova.

Besides the real suits from different periods of space exploration, visitors will see the suits designed for the films Gagarin: First in Space, The Age of Pioneers and Salyut 7. One of the exhibition cases will show the things Sergei Korolev, lead engineer and chief designer of the Soviet space program, used at work: his phone, favourite camera, light metre, compasses, line, pencil and project blueprints.

A part of the exhibition will be dedicated to the first spaceflight, with a 1960s radio and Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper dated 12 April 1961 with a notice about Yuri Gagarin’s flight.

Guests of the venue will also see the G-suit worn by Russian Air Force pilots and a test pilot’s suit. On 9 September the exhibition will be open 10 am – 10 pm, and on 10 September 10 am – 6 pm.

Tverskaya Street will become one of the central venues of Moscow’s anniversary celebrations. More than 200 art objects will decorate it between 9–10 September, including models of spaceships, old-fashioned submersibles known as bathyscaphes, Stalin-era high-rises and iconic sculptures. The festival programme unites 30 theatres, 50 musical and dance bands and 9 museums.

Read about all City Day events in the mos.ru special project.