MEMORY OF GALINA ULANOVA

The memory of Galina Ulanova will forever remain in the history of the Russian and world culture.  Her image is captured in sculptural, painting and graphic works. An asteroid was named after ballerina  (5421) Ulanova. In Holland, the Ulanova tulip variety was bred.  The name "Galina Ulanova" was given to a gemstone diamond weighing 164.70 carats, which was included in the collection of more than 400 personalized Yakut diamonds, which are a national treasure of Russia.  In 1998, the Ulanova Foundation was established in Moscow. Its president is dancer Vladimir Vasilyev.  The name of the ballerina was given to the Great Rehearsal Hall of the Moscow Bolshoi Theater. In front of the hall there is a permanent exhibition dedicated to G. Ulanova, whose life and work are inextricably linked with the history of the Bolshoi Theater. In 2004, the museum-apartment of G.S. Ulanova was opened.
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During her lifetime, monuments were erected in honor of Ulanova not only in her native country, but also abroad: two of them in St. Petersburg and one in Stockholm.  For the first monument, which in 1936 was erected in the park on Elagin Island in Leningrad, 26-year-old Galina Ulanova posed for sculptor Elena Yanson-Manizer.  The ballerina is depicted in her famous Mercury pose. The girl easily and gracefully stands on one leg and it seems that she will soar in a rapid jump or spin in a fouet.  For fifty years, a skating rink for mass skating of Leningraders was flooded around the monument in winter.  In the 1980’s, the sculpture was dismantled for the purpose of major restoration. The monument was restored and in 2004, on the ballerina's birthday, it was staged in the courtyard of Vaganova Ballet Academy. 

Monument to G.Ulanova Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet Author E.Janson-Manizer

At the opening of the monument to G.Ulanova

in Stockholm

Monument to

G.Ulanova 

in Stockholm.

Author E.Janson-Manizer

Memorial bust

of G.Ulanova

in St. Petersburg.

Author M.Anikushin

In 1984, on the Alley of Heroes in Victory Park in Leningrad, a memorial of Galina Ulanova by sculptor M.K. Anikushin and architect V.B. Bukhaev was installed.  And two months earlier, a monument to the Russian ballerina by E.A. Janson-Manizer was installed in Stockholm in front of the Dance Museum.  In the 1950s, the director of the Dance Museum was ballet critic Bengt Häger, who was personally acquainted with Sergei Diaghilev.  On arrival in Moscow and having seen at the Bolshoi Theater one of Ulanova's copies - Odette, Bengt went to the workshop of E. Yanson-Manizer to agree on making a copy.   After long negotiations between the embassies of the USSR and Sweden, the enlarged bronze sculpture of Ulanova - Odette was sent to Stockholm.  Galina Sergeevna herself was present at the opening ceremony of the monument.  

In the 1990’s, artist Rinat Kuramshin created a portrait of G. Ulanova as Juliet. The portrait of Galina Ulanova by R. Kuramshin was shown at exhibitions in Russia, Great Britain, and France.  During the period 2019 - 2020 the “Portrait of G.S. Ulanova” was presented at the International cultural and educational project “THEATER - MUSIC – FINE ART”, held under the project “The Year of Theater in Russia and the Year of Music, Russia - Great Britain”.  The project's activities were aimed at popularizing Russian culture abroad. The British and Russian admired the portrait of G.S. Ulanova at the exhibition of the "THEATER - MUSIC – FINE ART" project. The project was highly appreciated by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the British Embassy in Russia, the Russian Academy of Arts, and other Russian and British organizations. 

Sergey Konenkov at work on the portrait

of Galina Ulanova

Memorial plaques of G.Ulanova

and P.Tchaikovsky at the house number 13 on Malaya Morskaya Street

Saint Petersburg

Memorial plaque on the house

in Alma-Ata, where G. Ulanova lived during the evacuation

In 2003, a memorial plaque was erected in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan, in memory of Ulanova's stay during the Great Patriotic War. 

In St. Petersburg a memorial plaque is installed on No. 13 Building, Malaya Morskaya Street: pointe shoes and the inscription are engraved on a marble oval: "The great Russian ballerina Galina Sergeevna Ulanova lived in this house from 1926 to 1935."  It is surprising that P.I. Tchaikovsky lived in the same house during his last visit to St. Petersburg in 1893.  Ulanova is often called a Tchaikovsky's ballerina.  Composer B. Asafiev, calling her "a great Russian ballet dancer", wrote that she raised the art of choreography, "the art of plastic harmony of a person to the degree of dance, as the soulful expressiveness of melody, melody of truth, naturalness and simplicity, Tchaikovsky's melody". 

Fragment of the exhibition of the Memorial Museum-apartment of G.S.Ulanova on Kotelnicheskaya Embankment

Memorial plaque on the house

on Kotelnicheskaya embankment

Fragment of the exhibition of the Memorial Museum-apartment of G.S.Ulanova

In 2004, in Moscow, in the apartment, Kotelnicheskaya embankment, where the ballerina lived for 47 years, the memorial Museum-apartment of G.S. Ulanova was opened, a branch of the Bakhrushin State Central Theater Museum. The museum demonstrates the living environment of the ballerina's apartment. The museum fund includes more than 2,400 books from the family library, art pieces by A.Benois, M.Chagal, A.Fonvizin, as well as items of decorative and applied art presented to Ulanova.  Some of the most valuable exhibits of the museum are canvases by O.Vereisky and N.Sokolov, as well as a statuette by V.Mukhina, where Ulanova is depicted as Juliet.  The museum exhibits a collection of 50 porcelain figurines made by sculptor E.Janson-Manizer.  

F.Shalyapin’s cigarette case, made of Karelian birch and decorated by artist I.Bilibin, as well as porcelain dishes from the Kuznetsovsky Imperial Factory, presented by E.Kernant, an American fan of Ulanova's art, are exhibited. The museum contains the dresses that the ballerina wore to official events, a large mirror in a wooden frame, brought by Ulanova along with oak cabinets from her parents' Leningrad apartment. On March 26, 2008, a memorial plate was installed on the building on Kotelnicheskaya embankment.

The UNESCO statement said: "She is not just a brilliant ballerina - there are many brilliant ones in the world. Ulanova's greatness lies in the fact that in our very cruel age she, like no other, showed us how beautiful simple human feelings are - goodness, truth and beauty".