The St. Petersburg Times
The great granddaughter of Felix Yusupov, the last owner of the Yusupov Palace, opened the city’s first arts festival dedicated to the Silver Age at the palace on Saturday.
Kseniya Sheremetyeva-Yusupova Sfiri inaugurated the festival which features theater costumes, clothes, paintings, drawings, photographs and porcelain from the early 20th century.
Organizers said they want Felix to be associated with pre-Revolutionary artistic traditions, and not only with his murder of Grigory Rasputin at the palace in 1916. Yusupov was a well-known connoisseur and patron of the arts.
A charity ball this Saturday will close the festival and recreate a similar ball organized by Yusupov in London in 1920. The money collected then supported emigrants from Russia.
Now, money will be raised for the renovation of a private chapel on the third floor of the palace, said Nina Kukuruzova, director of the palace, Interfax reported.