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In China, will see the office of Leo Tolstoy
The exhibition "Leo Tolstoy and His Time" opened on September 23 at the National Museum of China. There are personal belongings of the writer and works of art from the Yasnaya Polyana and Moscow museum collections, reports the Kultura TV channel.
The exhibition, in particular, recreates the study of Lev Nikolaevich, exhibits authentic objects, as well as paintings and sculptures. “Many things and works of art reproduce the atmosphere of the era, tell about Tolstoy's diverse connections, his interests, including in China,” explained a representative of Leo Tolstoy's Yasnaya Polyana museum-estate.
The organization of the exhibition in China is no coincidence; Tolstoy's works are regularly republished there. In addition, in the personal life of the writer there were many intersections with this country. After participating in the Sevastopol defense, the Chinese government invited him as an instructor for artillery officers. Tolstoy preferred a literary career to a military one and refused to travel, which prevented him from seriously studying Chinese philosophy and culture.
In total, the exposition presents more than 200 memorial exhibits - Tolstoy's personal belongings and clothes, among which there is Lao Tzu's work "The Light of China" with Tolstoy's marks in the margins and an ink set that he used while working on "War and Peace". For the first time, the proofs of the novel "Resurrection" are shown, they have never been shown to the public, either in Russia or abroad.
The central exhibit was a portrait of Tolstoy, written by Ilya Repin in Yasnaya Polyana in 1887 year. The canvas, not counting the evacuation, never left the museum-estate.