Celebrating 40 Years: The Konovalenko Sculptures

4.22.24 Celebrating 40 Years: The Konovalenko Sculptures

April 22, 2024
7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is home to the most significant collection of Soviet gem-carving sculptures by Vasily Konovalenko in the world. Each handcrafted figure depicts a scene painstakingly carved from precious gems and minerals — a bowman hunting snow geese, a woman reposing in a hot spring surrounded by ice or peasants spinning wool. In celebration of the 40th year of this stunning collection, we’ll feature experts highlighting cultural, artistic and geological perspectives around these sculptures.


The collection’s leading expert, Dr. Stephen Nash, who is President and CEO of Archaeology Southwest and former Director of Anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, will share the sculpture’s funny and intriguing stories and Konovalenko’s captivating rags-to-riches tale. Dr. James Hagadorn, the Tim & Kathryn Ryan Curator of Geology at the Museum, will focus on the gemstones used in the carvings and additional insights that will make you appreciate these works of art even more. Don’t miss this rare chance to delve deeply into this beautiful collection!

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