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Stacking National Identity

The Lucrative Legacy of the Matreshka

Helena Goscilo

who collected folk artifacts, reappraised the traditions underlying them, and built creatively upon their key features. Such quasi-democratizing work was carried out with the aid of the local zemstva [self-governing councils], private philanthropists, and estate owners, who financed studios and

MARK KONECNY

and literature. The rapid expansion (and by extension, democratization) of theater prompted a debate on the nature of theater in Russian society: was theater to continue to be "high" culture or would it become the province of the masses? Many arti- cles and lectures dealt with this issue: Aleksandr

NATAL'IA AVTONOMOVA and DMITRII SARAB'IANOV

their content, i.e., the element, as it were, of craft in art. This unconventional method of museum organization has been dictated to the Department by the burning desire of our age to democratize generally every aspect of life. This method, opening the doors, as it does, to the artist's studio, will