Museum exhibit /Portrait of K. Rerikh
A portrait of Boris Konstantinovich Rerikh (1880-1945) drawn by Nikolai Evgene’vich Lansere (1879-1942) in the OGPU Internal Prison in Leningrad (25, Shpalernaia Street). Dated 05.01.1932. The architects N.E.Lansere and B.K. Rerikh, who were in prison at the time, worked in OKTB-12 (Separate Construction and Technology Office-12), which had been entrusted with the planning for the “Bol’shoi Dom” ( 4, Liteiny Prospekt – to become the Secret Police Headquarters). N.E. Lansere’s daughter, Natalia Nikolaevna Lansere (1910-1998), a civilian draughtswoman, brought the drawing out of the prison building. In February 1993, N.N.Lansere gave the drawing to the Museum of the Research and Information Centre “Memorial” (St Petersburg). (Photo 2007). 
 
 
 
 
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Registration number in museum acquisition book KP-352
 
Date of acquisition18.02.1993
 
Thematic indexPrison/
 
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Date and place of creation05.01.1932, OKTB-12 (Separate Construction and Technology Office-12,) OGPU Internal Prison, Leningrad.
 
Size20.5cm x 12.2cm.
 
MaterialsPaper
 
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Description of exhibitOriginal. Drawing. Paper. Pencil. In the portrait a man is shown in profile, wearing headphones. In the top right-hand corner is the inscription:
" Rerikh B.K. Ozvobozhden 2 ianvaria 1933 g. v 6.15 vecher (prigovor 14/XII 32 ob ozvobozhd.)". [“Rerikh B.K. Released on the 2 January 1933 at 6.15 in the evening (sentence 14/XII 32 concerning release)”]. In the bottom half of the sheet is the inscription: “5/I 32 – 2 ch. nochi. Lovit Krakow.” [“5/I 32 – 2a.m. Listening to Krakow”].
 
State of preservationUndamaged.
 
Detailed annotationA portrait of Boris Konstantinovich Rerikh (1880-1945) drawn 05.01.1932 by Nikolai Evgenevich Lansere (1879-1942) in the Production Enterprise of the OGPU Internal Prison (Leningrad, 25, Voinov Street (now Shpalernaya). The Architects N.E. Lansere and B.K.Rerikh, imprisoned at the time, worked in the Special Construction and Technical Office No.12 (OKTB-12), which had been entrusted with the planning for the “Bol’shoi Dom” of the “Bol’shoi Dom”, the future Secret Police Headquarters at No. 4, Liteiny Prospekt, the reconstruction of an OGPU garage and other projects. OKTB-12 was located in the prison building. The subject of the drawing and the inscription “5/I 32 – 2 ch. nochi. Lovit Krakow.” [“5/I 32 – 2a.m. Listening to Krakow”] are not totally clear. It is possible that the prisoners managed to assemble a radio and listen to it during the night. It is also possible that the theme of the picture is linked with some joke between friends, with no relation to prison reality. The portrait, along with other works by N.E.Lansere, was brought out from prison by his daughter, Nina Nikolaevna Lansere (1910-1998), who worked for the OKTB as a civilian draughtswoman. The drawing was kept in N.N. Lansere’s family archive and then given by her to the Museum of the Research and Information Centre “Memorial” (St Petersburg) in 1993. It was shown at the exhibition “Iskusstvo Gulaga: Po obe storony tiuremnoi dveri” [“Art of the Gulag: On Both Sides of the Prison Door”], organised by the Research and Information Centre “Memorial” jointly with the Museum of the Political History of Russia. (St Petersburg, Museum of the Political History of Russia 30.10 – 29.12.1995).
 
PersonsLansere Natal'ia Nikolaevna, creator of the collection
 
PersonsLansere Nikolai Evgenevich, author
 
PersonsRerikh Boris Konstantinovich, representation of his face
 
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Museum exhibit /Portrait of K. Rerikh