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Press Release for Kingston

6th October 2002

PRESS INFORMATION

Exhibition: The Romance of the Russian Empire
Saturday 5th October to Saturday 2nd November 2002
Venue: Kingston Museum, Kingston upon Thames, Wheatfield Way, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2PS. Tel: 020 8546 5386. Opening hours 10-5pm (closed Wed & Sun). Admission Free.

This is the first public exhibition from Dorich House in Kingston Vale of the unique Russian Imperial Art collected by Richard Hare. The glories of the Russian Empire under the Romanov dynasty are presented through porcelain, icons, Easter eggs, furniture and folk art. Also on display are specially commissioned drawings of the tale of The Firebird by Niroot Puttapipat and bronze sculpture by Dora Gordine. Brenda Martin, the Curator of the collections at Dorich House, will give an open lecture at Kingston Museum about the exhibition at 7pm on Tuesday 8th October.

Dorich House was the former home and studio of the Russian sculptor, Dora Gordine (1898-1991) and her husband, the Hon. Richard Hare (1907-1966), a diplomat and Professor of Russian literature and art. Built in 1936, and gifted to the nation on her death in 1991, it is now cared for by Kingston University and is open to the public by appointment. For further information call 0208 547 7519 or visit www.kingston.ac.uk/dorich

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