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ALEXANDER IVANOV. 1806-1858

27 june 2007—10 september 2007
The exhibition has been timed to the bicentenary of Alexander Ivanov, a great Russian painter, innovator, philosopher and artistic personality, who influenced the development of Russian school of painting. He enjoyed authority within the milieu of national and European masters of fine art. The last one-man show of the artist, whose creative heritage is concentrated in two museums: the State Russian Museum and the State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow) was held in 1956, in the year of the 150th artist?s birth anniversary. The main painting of Alexander Ivanov is a grandiose canvas Christ?s Appearance to the People. It is exhibited in the Tretyakov Gallery. Its big dimensions (540 × 750 cm) made it impossible for transportation to either St Petersburg or to the building of the Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val in Moscow, where a jubilee exhibition of the artist was held. The collection of the Russian Museum comprises about 100 paintings and about 100 works of graphic art and watercolours including 3 modelli for the Christ?s Appearance to the People (one of them is the closest modello to the original painting). The collection is representative enough. It enables to most fully trace the scale of creative oeuvre of the talented master. A number of the main artist?s works: early painting Priam Asking Achilles to Return Hector’s Body, Branch, Apollo, Hyacinth and Cypress Engaged in Music and Singing and Biblical Sketches belong to the Tretyakov Gallery. This is the first ever comprehensive exhibition of Alexander Ivanov in the Russian Museum. A special room at the jubilee exhibition is dedicated to the history of creation of the Christ?s Appearance to the People. The show comprises numerous modelli for this grandiose painting. To present it most fully, a big banner matching the size of the canvas (5.5 × 7.5 m) was made. The modelli from the Russian Museum collection are displayed on it. Such a striking and informative method of exhibiting has been used for the first time.
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The Art of Novgorod the Great in the Time of Prelate Macarius

The Art of Novgorod the Great in the Time of Prelate Macarius

27 april—14 august 2017

The XVIth century in Novgorod’s art history is a time of true rise but it still has never been an object of a special exhibition project and shown as a whole artistic phenomenon.

Vasily Vereshchagin. To the 175th Anniversary of the Artist

Vasily Vereshchagin. To the 175th Anniversary of the Artist

20 april—24 july 2017

The exhibition is dedicated to the 175-th anniversary of Vasily Vereshchagin, world-known Russian artist famous mainly for his battle pieces.

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