Where is the dolls house? In Petrozavodsk!
Yes, yes – the house of dolls is here, in the capital of Karelia. Honestly! Without any deception. This house even has a postal address – La Rochelle Embankment, 13. Well, and if someone is not very well oriented in Petrozavodsk, the main landmark, by which no one arriving in the Karelian capital, – the railway station.
We leave the building designed by Leningrad architect V. Tsipulin in the style of late neoclassicism of the building, leaving it behind our back, and in front of us is the station square, from which Alexander Vasilievich Shotman street leaves to the left. The same one through which in the summer of 1917 the Central Committee of the RSDLP (B) maintained contact with V.I. Lenin who was illegally in Spill and who in August of the same year organized the transfer of Vladimir Ilyich to the territory of the Grand Duchy of Finland. Well, in the years 1923−24. A.V. Shotman was the Chairman of the CEC of the Karelian ASSR. So the memory of this remained in the name of one of the Petrozavodsk streets. But we do not need Shotman Street yet. We are from the station square to the right. On Komsomolskaya street. And it’s all right, straight.
To the second intersection with traffic lights. Here, at the corner of Gogol and Komsomolskaya, we go to the opposite side of the street and our forward movement — forward and straight ahead — continue along it. But as soon as we cross a large and wide road bridge across the Lososinka River, right behind it, the La Rochelle embankment goes to the left. Here it is. The second house from the bridge. It is on it that the figure “13” we are looking for. The address at which the dolls are “registered”. By the way, not only they. But also fish. In the opposite basement of the apartment building on the embankment of La Rochelle, 13, is located the exhibition hall “Aquarium”. But about him – some other time. And now – we open the doors of the “House of Dolls” and …
Go, go! The first thing that catches your eye as soon as you cross the threshold of this small, only three exhibition halls, but a very warm and cozy home, is a portrait of a pretty woman hanging right at the entrance, looking at the visitors with light, a little tired and therefore sad eyes. In her hands are two dolls. Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin and a small Karelian spirit, one of the Kizhi houses. Dolls and behind this woman. Without them, it is impossible to imagine Tatiana Kalinina. A person who, on June 28, 1999, presented this art gallery to the citizens of Petrozavodsk – “House of Dolls”, which almost immediately became unthinkable without a completely natural prefix – the name of the artist. And today this gallery is called “The House of the Doll” by Tatiana Kalinina. As the founder thought, “It’s never too late to play dolls.” Probably, many of those who today cross the threshold of an art gallery think so. And as if feeling like-minded people in them, the woman from the portrait is ready to meet every visitor of the House of Dolls with a kind smile, which seems to be about to bloom her face, and then sadness and fatigue will go away somewhere.
Here, in the bright sunny world of fairy tales, they are not the place. In my opinion, it is not at all accidental that the “portrait” Tatyana Kalinina is holding Pushkin dolls and a Kizhi doll. The compositional basis of the first exhibition hall, in which you find yourself immediately, as you step over the threshold of the “House of the Doll”, is a collection of author dolls made by Tatiana Kalinina in 1998–99. to the performance of the Petrozavodsk Puppet Theater “The Tale of Tsar Saltan” (directed by S. Turcan). And the fact that this production, as the best children’s play of the theatrical season, became the laureate of the Republican prize “Onega Mask”, a considerable merit of its artists.
Today, almost all the characters in “Tales” are here in the first exhibition hall of the art gallery. Here is King Saltan with a young wife. Next to them – Prince Guidon with Tsarevna Swan. Slightly on the sidelines, very dissatisfied with the fact that all her machinations have not achieved the desired result – svatya baba Babarikh. And in the center – Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin, who gave us this tale, and with it all her characters. But in the hall – not only they. Here is the King Kashchey, drooping over gold. And there – “Stupa with Baba-Yaga. Goes, wanders by itself. ” Stupas, however, for some reason next to my grandmother is not visible. But she herself … Here, right at the glass-enclosed exhibition window. He firmly holds his broom in his hands, looks intently from under the disheveled cosm intently: “And who did it come to the House of Dolls? What thoughts? Thin? Good? ” – With good …
C kind, grandmother! We would just watch the dolls! And to look in the “House of Dolls”, really, is what. There are many dolls in the art gallery. And they are all different. Here, next to Baba Yaga, made from textiles “Cat and Mouse” by Alexandra Kulakova. A little further – connected by the skillful hands of Alexey Makarov “Girl Autumn”. Behind the famous oak tree, which once stood at the very “Lukomorye”, and now received a permanent residence permit on the La Rochelle embankment, a doll hid in the national Karelian attire (author Kagacheva Natalia). And above her is one of Water’s girlfriends, entangled in fishing nets.