Call it a cliché, or call it a classic – either way, the matryoshka is a symbol of Russian culture. Now you can see the nesting doll from a whole new perspective – something like that of an ant – at a new exhibition in the AFI Mall in Moskva-City.
Giant matryoshka dolls standing 6 to 13 meters tall tower over visitors, impressing not only with their size but also with their fine decoration. Each is decorated in a different style of Russian traditional applied arts – such as Gzhel, Khokhloma and Palekh – and was hand made by a team of 15 craftspeople led by artist Boris Krasnov.
The installation had its premiere at the Russian national exhibition in Paris in 2010, and is on display in Russia for the first time. Illuminated by natural light under a 10,000 square-meter glass cupola, it goes some way to turning a shopping trip into a fairytale experience.