Anatomy of laughter. English caricature of the XVIII-first third of the XIX century

On April 1, the first in Russia large-scale exhibition of works by English artists, which laid the foundations of the cartoons genre, opened in the Bread House of the Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve. The exposition is based on a unique collection of the Russian State Archive of Social and Political History (RGASPI), which for the first time will be so fully presented to the general public.

In the 21st century, when caricature again became a noticeable phenomenon of social life and often became the focus of attention, provoking scandals and even real tragedies, it was time to turn to the origins of the genre. The opportunity to get acquainted with the classic English caricatures from the rich but poorly studied RGASPI collection will be a real gift to everyone who wants to understand what is happening with the genre today, which is capable not only to make you laugh, but also to revolutionize the public consciousness.

English caricature is not only amused and entertained. She was either caustic, sometimes good-natured, sometimes enthusiastic, sometimes cynical, but always witty. In addition to the caricatures, the exhibition will feature about 30 exhibits from the 18th — early 20th centuries: ceremonial portraits of the same faces as caricatures, ceramics and textiles with satirical scenes, including traditional English Toby jugs.

Special attention at the exhibition will be paid to the image of Russia in the English cartoon, reflecting all the vicissitudes of relations between the countries.

For visitors to the museum, the exhibition “Anatomy of laughter” will work in the Bread House from April 2 to July 3, 2016.

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