“Fragile Dreams” Gallery of Porcelain Dolls
Nizhny Novgorod region
Nizhny Novgorod, Ul. Narodnaya, building 2B
Tel.: 8 (800) 44-44-108, +7 (920) 250-05-85
Adult – 400 rubles
Children under 12 years – 250 rubles
Individual tour (1-2 people) – 3500 rubles
Every Monday excursions for guests over 60 years old – 200 rubles
Founder of the museum
Olga Urievna Lobacheva
Olga Lobacheva’s collection includes almost 100 dolls by the German master Hildegard Gunzel; 43 of them are on display in the gallery. Most of the gallery’s sculptures are original, first copies, and 7 dolls are exclusive.
The “Fragile dreams” Gallery of Porcelain Dolls consists of four exhibition halls. The third one is not only an excursion hall, but also the audience hall, which allows the owners to show the documentary film about the master and the process of creating dolls to visitors at the end of the tour.
Each sculpture is placed in a well-lit showcase so that the smallest details are visible.
Each doll has its own fans, but special attention is paid to the Mary Rozhdestvenskaya doll (2007): the exhibition started with this doll. The “Mother and Child” composition, which won the main prize at the international exhibition in London in 1985, is also displayed, and soon, Pippi Longstocking, created by request of the Swedish government, will appear in the gallery.
The works of Hildegard Gunzel, presented in the gallery, reflect different stages of her work, and this is almost half a century of searching for solutions and embodying incredible finds:
– liquid porcelain
– wax that gives a matte finish and a “porcelain face” effect,
– crystal eyes and the “look” of each doll that seems meaningful,
– detailing the costumes, shoes, and toys for each doll,
– doll design that allows it to be mobile.