«Heritage Faberge»

The oldest jewelry factory in St. Petersburg, Russian Gems, holds the annual St. Petersburg Faberge Jewelry Festival. From February 1 to February 10 in the Jewelry Center on the square. Carl Faberge House 8, jewelers and designers will acquaint residents and visitors of the city with the history and style diversity of modern jewelry art.

One of the participants of the «Faberge Heritage» festival is Alexei Ivanovich Kolodko. One of the leaders of the Foundation «The Imperial Society for the Promotion of Arts», a member of the Foundation's Board, a collector, philanthropist and researcher of the history of porcelain production. Alexey has been collecting porcelain sculpture and objects of decorative and applied art for over 20 years. Porcelain figurines from the private collection of Alexei Kolodko are thematically associated with theater and music. The collection of porcelain figurines and figurines «German ceramics of the Schwarzburg workshop of the Imperial Society for the Encouragement of the Arts» will be presented at the Heritage Faberge festival.

Visitors to the festival are waiting for a collection of exclusive jewelry, lectures and master classes on the painting of jewelry in the tradition of Faberge. The festival program includes expositions and theater-related events, since 2019 has been declared the Year of Theater in Russia. Entrance to the festival is free.


Exhibition «Teachers and Pupils»

From May 26 to June 13, 2018 in Ceremonial halls of the Research museum at the Russian Academy of Arts the Teachers and Pupils exhibition will take place. The project is organized together with «Imperial Society of Encouragement of Arts» fund, with fund of realistic art of V.F. Pustarnakov and in close cooperation with Heydar Aliyev's fund.


School Drawing exhibition

The first exhibition «School Drawing» took place in June, 2017 in «Isaak Izrailevich Brodsky's Museum apartment».


Society of encouragement of artists was founded in 1820 in St. Petersburg by patrons Ivan Gagarin, Pyotr Kikin, Fedor Schubert and amateur artists Alexander Dmitriyev-Mamonov and Lev Kil. 
The purposes of new society were created and written down in the charter of society «The basic rules for the management to activity of society»: «… to help the artists showing talent and to promote to distribution of all fine arts. … To distribute works of art in the mass of public by editions of exhibitions, lotteries and to encourage young artists in their field, the help of orders, monetary supports, bringing of an opportunity to further development», approved on April 28, 1833 as Nicholas I. 

In the first half of the 19th century in Russia the possibility of education was sharply limited on class sign. So, for example, was forbidden to study serfs and domestics in institutions above parish and district schools. But access to art education – thanks to Society of encouragement of artists – talented representatives of all estates received. For this reason the Russian art is distinguished by such versatility and identity of development.

In 1821 in «Society of encouragement of artists» only ten members consisted. By 1857 their number reached 140, and about 600 more people member accomplices made. In members of society patrons – representatives of the aristocracy and statesmen entered generally. Surnames of most of them are known and today: prince Kochubey, prince Gagarin, prince Orlov, count Mordvinov, count Kushelev-Bezborodko, governor general of St. Petersburg Ignatyev.

From first years of existence Society was under the patronage of the emperor, and in 1827 acquired the right to report to Nicholas I notes «data on objects, worthy encouragement, and about the caused a stir artists». According to the charter of 1882, society accepted the name — «Imperial society of encouragement of arts».

Now Society of encouragement of artists was newly registered and it will continue the activity, I nachatat at the beginning of the 19th century, in encouragement of the beginning artists and also in support of already taken place artists and masters of sculptures by means of the organization of exhibitions and creation of master classes for absolutely young talents.