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FIRST WORLD WAR. 1914–1918.

Supported by:
  • Sistema Charitable Foundation
K.Petrov-Vodkin. On the Firing Line. 1916. Oil on canvas. 196 x 275.
4 june 2014—13 august 2014

The exhibition is devoted to the memory of participants and victims of the First World War. The people of these times who two years earlier had celebrated the 100th anniversary of Anti-Napoleon War of 1812 year, regarded the World War as "Great" and "Second Patriotic". Many Russian artists, art historians and museum research workers became the participants of war, while those artists, who hadn't gone to the front, were engaged in the struggle against enemy with the means of fine art. They took participation in the work of Military Artistic Brigades and two Trophy Commissions, created the canvases and posters that commemorated battles and their heroes, tried to arise the military spirit of Russian soldiers and drew caricatures for different magazines.

The State Russian Museum is the first museum in Russia that presents in 2014 the exhibition, devoted to the First World War. The exhibition brings together about 250 works from the collection of the Russian museum - the paintings and drawings by K.Petrov-Vodkin, N.Roerich, P.Filonov, caricatures by N.Remizov (Re-Mi), engravings by N.Goncharova and N.Rozanova, popular prints by K.Malevich, V.Mayakovsky, E.Narbut, O.Sharleman and posters by K.Korovin, A.Arkhipov, L.Pasternak, I.Vladimirov and the others, and also documental photographs of the War time.

B.Kustodiev. Loan of Freedom. Poster. 1917. Chromolithograph on paper. 100,5 х 67,5. K.Petrov-Vodkin. On the Firing Line. 1916. Oil on canvas. 196 x 275. G.Narbut. Cossak and Germans. Page number one from the “War pictures” series. 1914. Chromolithograph on paper. 41 х 57,4.

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Home and Family. Images of Peaceful Life

Home and Family. Images of Peaceful Life

16 december 2022—6 march 2023

The Russian Museum exhibition project Artists on War and Peace can be seen as a diptych comprised of two exhibitions: Images of Military Life in Russian Art of the 16th to 20th Centuries and Home and Family. Images of Peaceful Life. They explore two existential aspects of human life perceived as polar opposites. The first half of the diptych features scenes of everyday life during wartime, while the other focuses on the theme of the home and family as guardian of the moral values of the Russian people.

Images of Military Life in Russian Art from the 16th to the 20th Centuries

Images of Military Life in Russian Art from the 16th to the 20th Centuries

20 october 2022—16 january 2023

Images of Military Life is an extensive exhibition featuring icons, paintings, sculptures, and applied and decorative artworks from the 16th through 20th centuries, most of them extracted from the museum’s repositories. It continues the Russian Museum’s time-honoured tradition of offering the public, from time to time, a broader perspective on its treasures and the magnitude of its collections.

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