The Museum-Gallery of Picturesque Embroidery
Operating hours depend on current exhibitions; clarification by e-mail required
Free admittance or ticket price depends on the location where the exhibition takes place. It is a nonprofit and voluntary project.
Founder, owner and director of the museum
Svetlana Vladimirovna Dianova
The Museum-Gallery of Picturesque Embroidery was created in March 2020 as a continuation of the joint author’s project La Vie est Belle, or “Life is beautiful!”, dedicated to the embroidery of complex multi-color canvases made from paintings by famous classical artists.
The project has existed since 2017 and since that time more than 200 craftswomen from different parts of Russia and abroad joined it.
All embroidered paintings are made manually using the full cross technique, or petit / half cross (“tapestry”), and it takes months or even years of painstaking work of the embroiderer to create each picture.
From June 2019 to March 2020, 7 exhibitions of embroidered paintings of the project “Life is wonderful!” took place, including an exhibition in a significant historical place – the State Museum-Estate “Ostafyevo” – “Russian Parnas”.
The recently released Verba Art Encyclopedia of Contemporary Art has a separate section dedicated to our project – “Multicolor embroidery by Russian craftswomen.”
This Encyclopedia is currently available in the online stores of e-books Bookmate and LiteRes.
Our museum is mobile; exhibits for exhibitions are collected from different cities, and are sent back thereafter, so the original exhibits can only be seen during active exhibitions.
Video tours with an overview of embroidered paintings are presented on the Belle YouTube channel, in the “MUSEUM-GALLERY OF PICTURESQUE EMBROIDERY” playlist.