Commissioner: Semyon Mikhailovsky.
Curator: Mikhail Piotrovsky.
Exhibitors: Alexander Sokurov, Alexander Shishkin-Hokusai.
Lc. 15:11-32. The exhibition takes its name from the Gospel of Luke and the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Rembrandt’s painting on this theme has become the greatest masterpiece in the Hermitage’s collection. It is also the central theme of an installation for the Russian Pavilion by the famous film director Alexander Sokurov, simultaneously representing one of the museum’s most famous halls and an artist’s studio, whose windows look out onto the turmoil and war surrounding the modern world. The inner staircase sends us down into the world of the Flemish School, brought to life by the artist Alexander Shishkin-Hokusai and dedicated to the intricate mechanisms in the Winter Palace such as the famous Peacock Clock.