28.06.2023 / Narva Art Gallery

Event overview

The exhibition is curated and designed by Tallinn-based artists, restorers, and collectors Andrey and Orest Kormashov.

The exhibition will be open for visitors starting June 28 at the Narva Museum Art Gallery (Vestervalli 21).

The "Room of Icons" exhibition introduces one of the most fascinating collections of the Narva Museum's art collection. The exhibition features icons from the 17th to the early 20th centuries, acquired by the museum through various means. These include icons confiscated at the Narva customs point during attempts to illegally export them across the border, icons evacuated from Narva to Rakvere during World War II, and sacred items saved from destruction during the Soviet era.

A unique feature of the exhibition is that exceptional examples of icon painting and rare iconography are displayed alongside simpler icons created far from major centers of iconography. Such icons are now considered particularly valuable and are usually found in private collections. Special attention is given to cast icons and crosses made in Old Believers' workshops and decorated with enamel, as well as a large altar double-sided cross, similar to those found in Estonian Orthodox churches in the last quarter of the 19th century.