28.06.2023 / The Art Gallery of the Narva Museum

Event overview

The exhibition features icons from the 17th to the early 20th century, which found their way to the museum through various means. These include recent customs confiscations, meaning icons seized at the Narva customs checkpoint while attempting illegal export across the border; icons evacuated from Narva to Rakvere during World War II, as well as sacred objects saved from destruction during the years of Soviet rule.

The uniqueness of the exhibition lies in the fact that outstanding examples of icon painting and rare iconography coexist with icons of simple craftsmanship, created far from major iconographic centers. Such icons are considered particularly valuable today and are usually found in private collections. Special attention is given to cast icons and crosses produced in Old Believer workshops and adorned with enamel, as well as a large two-sided altar cross, similar to those found in Estonian Orthodox churches in the last quarter of the 19th century.

The curators and designers of the exhibition are Tallinn-based artists, restorers, and collectors Andrey and Orest Kormashov.