A Mansion Block of 29 apartments and suites in St Petersburg within 200 meters (0.12 miles) of the Summer Garden.
A Mansion Block of 29 apartments.
Over the centuries the owners of the Kushelev-Bezborodko Mansion were all representatives of famous aristocratic dynasties. Today the fully restored building is a mansion block of 29 apartments where every resident can inscribe their own address into its history.
Yury Grymov, who directed the film, revives the right imagery of the old owners and guests of the historic residence, its aristocratic atmosphere, and takes one on through the different ages to reflect the history of the country.
When shooting this short film I focused on the personal lives of the residents of the Kushevel-Bezborodko Mansion, moving, as you do, on through the coutry's historical periods. The new owner, without a doubt, will write their own page in the history of Russia and carry on the extended pedigree of great families who called this Mansion their home.
Count Cagliostro, legendary mystic and adverturer, was, late in the 18th century, a lodger in one of the apartments.
The first owner of the Mansion was Count A. G. Kushelev-Bezborodko, patron of the arts and statesman.
The A. G. Kushelev-Bezborodko Mansion was one of the cultural centres of the capital.
The owners arranged regular musical soirees. Henriette Sontag, a German opera singer.
The Russian literary figure and composer G. A. Kushelev-Bezborodko inherits the palace on the embankment.
The famous poet Sergei Yesenin was one of the lodgers in 1924.
The merchant A. G. Yeliseev is the last owner of the mansion before Soviet times.
In the 1920s the mansion was the home of the 'Eccentric Actors' Factory' set up by the renowned film directors G. M. Kozintsev and L. Z. Trauberg.
The mansion's owner-to-be, leading character of the film, played by V. Simonov.
Director Yu. Grymov and photographer S. Matchilsky preside over the fate of the film by ruling what stays in and what goes out.
Over the last few years the mansion has been restored to its former glory. Combining old luxury with the new, the post-Soviet tenement block has been given back its palatial grandeur. The focus of Yury Molodkovets's project is to show how different ages combine, to a unique degree, within one building.
Late in 2008 I found myself in the Kushelev-Bezborodko Mansion at a truly historic moment. The era of Leningrad’s overcrowded communal flats was behind us, and the building was about to be renovated. Today it is an architectural gem of St Petersburg, and my photos - a chronicle of the Mansion’s history.
St Petersburg is a living encyclopedia of the history of architecture. It reveals itself in its facades and interiors. Styles come and go, following the departing generations. The photos by Yuri Molodkovets focus on the interaction of different epochs within one space – through the flow of time.
Grand circle staircase designed by architect N. Benois. 2008.
Marble fireplace with sculptured detail. 2008.
Period features. Ceiling plasterwork. 2008.
Dutch wood burning stove of high artistic value. 2008.
Interiors. A poster with a popular singer V. Vysotsky. 2008.
The grand portal displaying columns bearing caryatids. 2008.
Wood burning fireplace featuring varied timbers and stone. 2008.
Carved parlour, designed by the architect R.R. von Genrichsen. 2008.
Decorative parquet floor with mother-of-pearl inlays. 2008.
On August 24, 2018, exhibition of contemporary Russian art from the Gazprombank collection opened in the historic interiors of the Kushelev-Bezborodko mansion at a meeting of the Hermitage International Advisory Board
The exhibition introduces international museum and art audience to contemporary Russian art. https://support.hermitagemuseum.org/ru/news/view/99
This art project is a good example of how works of contemporary artists can be put into context of interior design.
The Gazprombank collection is the first and currently the only corporate art collection focused on Russian art from the early 1990s till present.
When fulfilling a delicate and challenging mission of the patronage of contemporary art in Russia, Gazprombank supports both famous artists and emerging painters, sculptors, photographers and media artists. A. Monastyrsky. From the series "The Earth works". 1987. Daria Irincheeva. From the series "Empty Knowledge". 2011–2012.
The patronage of the arts is an essential part of the history of the mansion and its previous famous owners' lives. In the 1920s the most valuable paintings from the Kushelev gallery, gathered by A. G. Kushelev-Bezborodko who once owned the mansion, were given to the collection of the State Hermitage. D. Y. Ozerkov, curator of the exhibition. M. B. Piotrovsky, the Director of the Hermitage Museum.
The bank does not only acquire the works which have already been presented in the art context, but also encourages artists to create new pieces for the collection, for example, «The Cabinet of Tsiolkovsky», an installation by Arseny Zhilyaev. A. Zhilyaev. «The Cabinet of Tsiolkovsky». 2016.
The authentic interior of the mansion makes it possible to maintain the tradition of supporting the arts in its magnificent residences. Petr Bystrov. «Lermontov». 2014.
Several dozen pieces have been selected for the exhibition of contemporary Russian art in the interiors of the palace on Kutuzov Embankment. These include both established contemporary artists, such as D. Prigov, K. Zvezdochetov, A. Monastyrsky, and young artists.
According to D. Ozerkov, Russian art is sharp, mysterious, intense, decorative and always paradoxical. Its constant feature is an attention to the link between the past and the present, the old and the new. V. Mamyshev-Monroe. From the series «Lyubov Orlova». 2000.
Contemporary art displayed in the mansion has been brought to the place where it belonged, as a bridge between epochs and a finishing touch for interiors. Great reception hall. The works of P. Bystrov. 2014.
As part of the 20 year old tradition the opening of the club season takes place at a new, unique venue. In 2018 this venue was the Kushelev-Bezborodko Mansion on Kutuzov Embankment.
Interestingly and aptly, Count A. G. Kushelev-Bezborodko was a member of the English Club from 1822 to 1854, while his son Grigory Alexandrovich joined it from 1853 to 1870. So it was to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Club that its current members were entertained, as it were, by their fellow-members of the 19th century.
The meeting started in the historic Residence where the guests could savour the grand aristocratic atmosphere of the life of the noble owners of the house.
In his address the Chairman of the Board G. V. Vilinbakhov spoke of the notable events of the past season, giving well-earned praise to the contributions of each of the club's members for the way in which they all managed to evoke the special atmosphere of the club at its various events and gatherings.
Following the 19th century tradition of musical soirees at the Mansion the event opened with a recital by the soloist of the Mariinky Theatre Carlos d'Onofrio.
Then the guests proceeded to the drawing room in the loft where the lit-up fireplace and musical accompaniment created an atmosphere of enjoyable club socialising.
The site of the Kushelev-Bezborodko Mansion has made the top three Gold Sites of Russia, having come first in the North-West regional nominations for sites of residential or commercial properties. Over 100 companies from all over the country took part in the competition for the best internet site.
On February 18th 2019 the final award ceremony for the winners of the nation-wide Gold Site Competition was held at a Deworkacy Red October venue, where the top regional projects were given special prizes. The site of the Kushelev-Bezborodko Mansion was selected to be the best regional internet project for the North-West Federal District of Russia.
The Gold Site Competition is one of the most important and oldest internet projects of the Runet, the Russian Internet. Since back in 1997 an independent panel of its judges, which at different times was chaired by Artemy Lebedev, Anton Nosik and other Russian internet stars, has been presenting the much sought-after Gold Cybermaster figurines to the designers of the most deserving projects in Russia.
On February 21st 2019 the Kushelev-Bezborodko Mansion hosted an evening with the film director Yuri Grymov entitled Theatre vs Film, which launched his new short film The Kushelev-Bezborodko Mansion. A Historic Residence. In attendance were members of cultural and business elites of St Petersburg.
The event took place in the loft apartment sporting a car lift which opens directly into the drawing room – a unique facility in a building on the property market, developed under a reconstruction project of the 19th century stately home located in the heart of St Petersburg. There are only a handful of facilities of this kind in the world – the Porsche Tower in Miami, a penthouse in New York, and now, also, in Russia, in the Kushelev-Bezborodko Mansion.
In his address the film director spoke about the place and role of the theatre and cinematography in the context of the period, touching upon other topical aspects which find their reflection in art. 'The theatre is a one-off, as if were, hand-crafted creation, and its inside lining is also a work of art in its own right. Always it will be unique, one of a kind. While cinematography will forever remain an art form of the 20th century. The future belongs to the theatre and to the performance – so let us experiment together.'
Before the showing of the film Yuri Grymov shared his impressions of the stately home: 'The building is bursting with history, bursting with events and bursting with people. When I was making this mini film I spoke of the personal histories of its residents, moving through periods time and different epochs – moving, in fact, through the history of our country. The name of the new owner will certainly be recorded in Russian history and he or she will carry on the grand tradition of its previous noble owners to whom the mansion was their home.'
A recital by the soloist of the Mariinky Theatre Carlos d'Onofrio concluded the evening. His singing is known for its vivid emotion and colour, sense of magic and wonder. The repertoire this time included songs from the world's top cinematographic masterpieces.