Under the Mask of Venice

Venetian joys in Tsaritsyno
Project Type:

500 sq. m

100 items

Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve
Scope of works:

Interpretative planning


Exhibition design and Creative direction

Graphic design

Project management

The Tsaritsyno Palace complex
October 2018 - April 2021
The project team:

Julia Napolova

Ekaterina Davidenkova

Elizaveta Tsaplina

Julia Ozhiganova

“Under the Mask of Venice” is one in a series of exhibitions that takes visitors of The Tsaritsyno Palace complex on an amazing journey in time and space. Located in the Bread house, it features around 100 items from the Doge’s Palace, The Museo Correr, Ca’ Rezzonico, The Murano Glass Museum and Museo di Palazzo Mocenigo. It is a celebration of the legendary city on water, whose mysteries escape even the most inquiring minds.
Rather than delving into reconstruction or employing an analytical approach, we decided to capture an emotional experience of the city, its spirit. Each exhibition room is designed so as to explore one side of the multifaceted Venetian life: palazzo arches with their formality, gambling houses with their temptations, luxury of Venetian ladies’ boudoirs, and twisted prison labyrinths.
Upon the entry, a visitor is met by two gondolas which symbolize the two exhibition routes. The narrative will vary greatly, and the finale will differ depending on the route you take.
We champion city contrasts in architecture and materials we choose. For example, the part that features official Venice is decorated in a wide palette of pastel shades, and adorned with palazzo pointed arches, carnivalesque details, and velvet. The part that features Venice’s dark side — the city of passions — is decorated in muted shades, with neon flashes and abrupt architectural forms. Both are united by the recurrent motif of water surface — this impassioned witness of city dramas; it is represented by textured metal panels and mirror pieces.