The Alley of Rulers: the Gallery of Sculptural Portraits by Zurab Tsereteli Was Unveiled in Moscow

On May 26, 2017 in Petroverigsky Lane in Moscow was unveiled an Alley of Rulers including 33 bronze busts of Russian rulers authored by the People’s Artist of the USSR and Russia, President of the Russian Academy of Arts Zurab Tsereteli. In the beginning of the Alley there is a stone with information about the years of reign of representatives of the princely family of Rurik, tsars of the Time of Troubles, tsars and emperors of the Romanov family, heads of the Provisionary Government.

The inauguration was attended by the Russian Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky, Minister of Education and Science Olga Vasilieva, President of the Russian Academy of Arts Zurab Tsereteli. “Today we are unveiling an unusual exposition, we would like it to be visited by schoolchildren, the whole classes. For the first time in history we can see all the rulers of Russia in succession, to read when they lived from Rurik to the heads of the Provisionary Government. Herewith we do not interrupt the historical continuity, our history is one and indivisible. The remaining busts are being completed and will be unveiled as soon as possible” – said Vladimir Medinsky.

The Minister of Education and Science Olga Vasilieva has noted that the new alley will be a perfect place to learn more about Russian history. “The thing that unites us is our history. We should know our history, as without history, without literature and culture, without our connectedness to the past there is no nation. The park here is very nice and can be used for cultural events” – she said.

Zurab Tsereteli thanked the attendees and said, that at the request of the Military and Historical Society and the Minister of Culture he would add to the Alley eight more busts of the leaders of the Soviet Union as the history could not be stopped. Tsereteli also informed, that he was working at 6m - 8m tall sculptures of emperors from the Romanov dynasty to be installed in a park in St. Petersburg.  

The historical theme is one of the top priorities in the work of Zurab Tsereteli. Among his many historical monuments are: the “Monument in Honor of the 300th Anniversary of the Russian Navy” (Moscow, Russia. 1997); Monument to St. Olga Equal to the Apostle (Pskov, Russia. 2003); Monument to Holy Venerable Irinarch the Recluse, the founder of the Boris and Gleb monastery, blessing Minin and Pozharsky before the national militia set off on their liberation campaign to Moscow (Borisoglebsk, Russia. 2006);  Monument to Alexander Peresvet, hero of the Battle of Kulikovo (Borisoglebsk, Russia. 2005); Monument to Peter the Great (St. Petersburg, Russia. 2006);  Monument to Oleg of Ryazan (Ryazan, Russia. 2007); Monument to Nicholas II (Serbia, 2014) and others.

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