The Memorial House of Poet Sergey Orlov
After the renovation in 2021-2023, the exposition has changed dramatically, the artistic concept has almost completely changed (ART Terra Bureau, General Director M.N. Korosteleva, author Oleg Nikolaev, St. Petersburg). It is based on the principle of installation: each hall is given its own compositional and rhythmic structure, its own artistic image.
In the entrance area of the exposition, visitors are greeted from a photograph by the poet Sergei Orlov himself, accompanied by one of the most significant poems for the residents of Belozersk, "White Lake".
There is also an exposition module "Writers of the Belozersky Region" (Vitaly Garnovsky, Yuri Arbat, Nadezhda Belozerskaya, Ivan Poroshin, Sergey Vikulov, Leonid Belyaev, Alexey Shadrinov) and a bronze bust of Sergei Orlov, created by the Leningrad sculptor V. P. Astapov, a tankman, a participant in the Great Patriotic War, against the background of the panel (map of the Belozersky district).
Very interesting, especially for minors, is the hall "The Childhood of Sergei Orlov", from which the exposition and the life story of Sergei Sergeyevich begins. Here the visitor will be able to see the waters of the White Lake, under which the village of Megra is located, the module "How do poems grow?".
The second hall "Peace and War" is built on the contrast of peaceful life and war. The world is represented by the interior of the Orlov house of the 1930s, recreated from memories, and an exposition plot dedicated to studying at the Karelo-Finnish University in Petrozavodsk. In this hall, there is a turning point in the life of Sergei Orlov, when life was divided into "before" and "after", which can be traced by the submitted manuscripts of poems that are "diary" in nature.
At the heart of the complex "The Battle Path of the tank poet" is a map with the designation of the battle path of Sergei Orlov, donated to the museum by retired Colonel Gennady Andreevich Kochurov.
The exposition module "Letters from the front" allows you to trace the connection of Sergei Sergeevich with his family: with his mother Ekaterina Yakovlevna and brother Dmitry, photo exchange.
The third hall "War through the eyes of a tankman" gives an image of war "from the inside", through the eyes of a soldier living the war. This is, in fact, all of Orlov's military poems, realities are scattered in them. Orlov himself burned in the tank twice.
The fourth hall of the exposition is dedicated to the memory of the Great Patriotic War. In the case of Sergei Orlov, memory includes several dimensions: the appearance of a poet burned in a tank; a community of friends-veterans, then – fellow writers; poems about the war based on the experiences of a veteran veteran; the script of the film "Lark"; the poem "He was buried in the globe of the earth ...", which became one from the main poems of the national memory of the Great Patriotic War.
In this hall, the visitor will be able to recognize the front-line generation of Sergei Orlov (I. P. Malozemov, I. I. Buzin, S. V. Vikulov, B. M. Pidemsky).
The dominant feature of the hall is an installation architecturally organized by a circle symbolically denoting the planet Earth and two concave planes ("milky ways").
The last, concluding hall of the exhibition "Life after the War" is dedicated to the post-war life of the poet Sergei Orlov. The center of the exhibition is the installation "The poet's Desktop". It is based on S. Orlov's memorabilia: a desk, a typewriter. On the wall behind the table is a map of the starry sky. She points to the fascination with astronomy, extraterrestrial civilizations that passed through the poet's entire life.
Visitors, being in this hall, will be able to feel themselves in the center of the universe, whose name is Sergey Orlov.
The memory of Sergei Orlov is primarily a poetic legacy. The exhibition presents editions of most of Sergei Orlov's collections, which you can not just look at, but pick up and find your own, Oryol poem for yourself.