The State Memorial and Natural Preserve "Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy "Yasnaya Polyana"
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Exhibition «Fyodor Dostoevsky and Leo Tolstoy»
January 20 - April 3, 2011, Yasnaya Polyana Art Gallery (Tula, Oktyabrskaya 12)

Organizers of the exhibition: Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg, Literary and Memorial Museum of Dostoevsky (St. Petersburg), State Museum of Tolstoy (Moscow), Leo Tolstoy Museum-estate Yasnaya Polyana  

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Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky were two great contemporaries whose ways often came close to each other, both in real life and in their creative work, but never crossed. The two authors never met, though it could have happened many times. But they always had a keen interest in each other’s spiritual quest, and the same problems concerned them both: the death penalty, radical tendencies in society, the war in the Balkans... They both touched upon existential, philosophical and religious problems, each of them having their own views on faith. For both of them the figure of Christ was of great importance.   


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Our exhibition showed these common points, from the beginning of the literary careers of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy up to their greatest spiritual insights.  

The exhibition is based on the materials from the collections of the Leo Tolstoy Museum-estate “Yasnaya Polyana,” the State Museum of Tolstoy in Moscow, and the Literary and Memorial Museum of Dostoevsky in St. Petersburg. Among the exhibits were memorial objects, books from the personals libraries of both authors, and rare photographs.  

The exhibition was shown at the Dostoevsky Museum in St. Petersburg from November 11 to December 31, 2010, and then at the Yasnaya Polyana Gallery in Tula from January 20 to May 3, 2011.

 

 




 
 
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