The History of Knight Carousels, our video project (with Matrastudio; see below) for the Arsenal pavilion, won the grand prize, the special prize for the best technical implementation of a multimedia program, and the Best Multimedia Film nomination at the Museum Geek 2017 contest (see the award certificates below, click to enlarge).
At the award ceremony at the Moscow Manege exhibition hall, which hosted the 19th InterMuseum festival during May 25-29, Director Olga Taratynova of Tsarskoye Selo received the well-deserved trophies from Director Mikhail Piotrovsky of the State Hermitage, chairman of the jury of the contest.
The winning project is part of the Imperial Arms Collection permanent display in the Arsenal, which opened to the public after restoration in August 2016. Animating some masterpieces from the picture collections of Tsarskoye Selo, Peterhof, Schönbrunn Palace, the State Hermitage and the State Russian Museum, the video shows the origin and development of knight carousels in Europe. The Carousel of Catherine the Great, held on Palace Square of St Petersburg in 1766, illustrates the introduction of this cavalry spectacle to Russia. One of the richest carousels took place in front of the Alexander Palace of Tsarskoye Selo on May 23, 1842, as part of Emperor Nicholas I and Empress Alexandra’s silver marriage anniversary celebrations (see the 1843 oil on canvas The Tsarskoye Selo Carousel by Emile-Jean-Horace Vernet at left, click to enlarge).
A first floor room in one of the turrets of the Arsenal, where the video is projected on a concave screen to help the viewer be “inside” the knight jousts and carousels of different epochs, has seats arranged as a grandstand after the architect Antonio Rinaldi’s drawings for the Carousel of 1766. The walls of the room are decorated with images of knight banners and quadrille rides, created after historical pictures.
The video project was earlier awarded by last year’s AVICOM and ICOM festival F@IMP 2.0.