Ivan Bianchi : Visioni d‘interni nella S.Pietroburgo dell’800

Photographic Exhibition
9th May – 11th July 2014

RB Contemporary is pleased to present IVAN BIANCHI at Foro Buonaparte 46 in Milan from 9 May to 11 July 2014. INTERIOR VISIONS IN THE SAINT PETERSBURG 800, our first exhibition entirely dedicated to ancient photography. Ivan Bianchi, photographer from Ticino, pioneer of the new photographic technique, is among the first to travel to Russia as a photographer around the middle of the nineteenth century.

St. Petersburg is the protagonist in his photographs, monuments, streets, palaces. There are not many of his known photographs, on display will be presented a core of 20 unpublished images all dedicated to the interiors of buildings.

An important historical document for that noble and tsarist Russia that would disappear a few decades later, private interiors that portray rooms in which the cultured and noble spirit shines through all the objects of everyday life for a few.

Important paintings and furnishings, a room for children’s games where a full-scale boat, armories and studios are displayed. Photographs of interiors commissioned by Ivan Bianchi from high-lineage families such as Stroganov, Seremetev, Levasov, Paskevic. Photography was part of the furniture and represented a class prestige. Critical text edited by Roberto Mutti. The inauguration will be held on Thursday 8 May 2014, from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Armeria del palazzo del maresciallo Ivan Fjodorovic Paskevich.
Studio nella casa del conte F.P. Litke. S. Pietroburgo. 1860-1870 ca. Stampa all'albumina montata su cartoncino. Stampa cm 26,5x37,2. Foglio cm 31,8x42,6 / Studio in count F.P. Litke mansion. St. Petersburg. 1860-1870 ca. Albumen print mounted on cardboard. Print size cm 26,5x37,2. Cardboard size cm 31,8x42,6
Cappella nel palazzo di Ivan Paskevich a Gomel, 1860 ca.