​«​Cast iron lace​»

For the first time, the exhibition will introduce the Ural public to German iron foundries from the collections of The state Hermitage Museum, the Peterhof state Museum-reserve, and private collections. The range of products created by German factories was quite wide: there are various utilitarian items, furniture and others, but the production of jewelry was of particular importance. The black lace of these products impresses with its lightness and skilful subtlety of working out details.


Jewelry box.
Royal iron foundry in Berlin.
Casting of the first half of the XIX century.
Cast iron, steel, brass, silk; casting.
The State Hermitage

In addition, the exhibition will feature exhibits from the collections of the Ekaterinburg Museum of fine arts and the Sverdlovsk regional Museum of local lore named after O. O. Kler, which will allow for the first time to assess the influence of the German culture of artistic Metalworking on the Ural iron foundries.

Belt. Royal iron foundry in Berlin.
Cast in the 1830s.
Cast iron; casting, weaving.
The State Hermitage


The exhibition «Cast iron lace» is designed to attract the attention of a wide range of viewers to the European tradition of artistic casting from cast iron, to become one of the components of forming the image of the Urals as a powerful artistic and industrial center, inscribed in the global cultural context.

New year greeting card from 1856 (in the original case).
According to the model of W. Weigelt (Wilhelm Samuel Weigelt), 1855 (?).
Royal Prussian iron foundry in Zain.
Cast iron, cardboard, artificial leather, satin; casting, painting.
From the collection of J. S. Polushkina.


23 October 2020 - 17 January 2021

Voyevodina str., 5