Melancholy, peace, nostalgia… these and other emotions are described by visitors as they make their way through darkened halls filled with art, accompanied by the lonely sound of a piano and the faint scent of sandalwood incense.

“Life After Life,” the new exhibition at the Manege, explores death, one of the most universal themes in art, through the eyes of St. Petersburg’s artists throughout history. The show, based on an idea by Manege Director Pavel Prigara and curated by Elisaveta Pavlycheva with  artist Vitaly Pushintsky as artistic consultant, consists of various art forms dating from 1725 to 2018, including paintings, sculptures, videos, and graphics.