16 december / 13:00

Today folk art and crafts are topical trends in all areas - from contemporary art and fashion to gastronomy and tourism. Artists and designers are increasingly entering into collaborations with crafts producers, creating collections or single objects: Zaonezh embroidery, Yeletsky lace, Gzhel and Khokhloma. The motifs of embroidery, painting, colour combinations are reinterpreted by contemporary authors. What are the methods and principles of working with folk art and crafts now, and how was it 30, 60 or 90 years ago? What role did the Research Institute of Art Industry play in recreating the arts and crafts?

The Research Institute of Art Industry (NIIChP) has been engaged in the development of decorative arts nationwide for 60 years since 1932. Its aims were to revive folk art crafts and develop centres of production. Art historians, artists, technologists worked there, expeditions were made across Russia and the Union republics - it was a forge of experiments. The art of woodworking, ceramics, stone and bone carving, metal, weaving, carpet-making, embroidery and lace - just a part of the Institute's laboratories. Artists experimented with form, colour and technological solutions, creating innovative products based on artistic traditions.

At the lecture, based on the research of the Institute's archive, from scientific articles to expedition materials and samples created in the art laboratories, Svetlana Salnikova will tell us about the process of scientific studying the craft, how tradition and innovation were combined. We will see examples of art albums with experimental paintings and ornaments, samples of hand and machine embroidery, and discuss the relevance of this experience for the modern industry.


The lecture is organised as part of the RazARCHIVATION project.

The RazARCHIVATION project is realized by the winner of the Museum 4.0 contest of the Museum Without Borders charity programme of the Vladimir Potanin Charitable Foundation in cooperation with the School of Design of the Higher School of Economics.