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The Traveller’s Gaze: Russian Artists around the World

K. Makovsky. The handing over of the Sacred Carpet in Cairo. 1876. The State Russian Museum
10 february—26 august 2018
The exhibition is held at the Málaga branch

In Russia, the travel genre in art began its active development at the end of the 18th century. This was when the Academy of Arts, founded back in the mid-18th century, began sending not only historical painters but its best students of landscape art abroad on creative assignments (pensioners’ journeys). Semyon Shchedrin and Fyodor Matveyev were sent to Italy, the destination preferred over France and Germany in the first half of the 19th century, and were the first Russians to capture the architectural and scenic beauty of that country. Subsequent travellers to Italy were Orest Kiprensky, Sylvester Shchedrin, the Brullov brothers, Karl and Alexander, Alexander Ivanov, and other early 19th-century artists, who worked not only in the genre of landscape, but also in portraiture and the historical and everyday genres as well. They did not blindly imitate, however, but rather combined their own art with that of the Europeans, retaining their freedom of self-expression.

From the mid-19th century onwards, artists’ search for new creative impulses led them to prefer France, where art’s most innovative tendencies were then concentrating. Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Cubism and other cutting-edge trends of the late 19th and early 20th centuries could be studied only in France. 

In the period from the 1920s through 1940s, few Russians travelled abroad. As a consequence, very few images of that period are known. However, one can admire remarkable American paintings by Alexander Deineka and Morocco paintings by Zinaida Serebryakova, which are included in the exhibition.

The travel scope of Russian artists, represented in the exhibition The Traveller’s Gaze,  includes Italy, France, Egypt, Palestine, Japan, China, Morocco, and the USA. Their travel impressions in paintings, drawings, and sculptures from the collection of the Russian Museum are now on display for the public in Malaga, Spain. 

V. Vasnetsov. Acrobats, Festival in a Paris suburb. 1877. The State Russian Museum I. Levitan. Lake Como. 1895. The State Russian Museum I. Repin. A Black Woman. 1876. The State Russian Museum A. Deineka. The Black's Concert. 1935. The State Russian Museum N. Roerich. Fortress (Lhasa). 1947. The State Russian Museum

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From Century to Century. Treasures of the Russian Museum

From Century to Century. Treasures of the Russian Museum

18 october 2018—26 february 2019

An exhibition at the National Art Gallery in Yoshkar-Ola presents 18th-20th-century paintings from the collection of the Russian Museum.

Dreams, Hope and Love in Russian Painting of the 19th – Early 20th Centuries: Works from the State Russian Museum Collection

Dreams, Hope and Love in Russian Painting of the 19th – Early 20th Centuries: Works from the State Russian Museum Collection

7 october—24 december 2018

An exhibition at Tokyo Fuji Art Museum presents 40 masterworks on hope, love, and dreams harbored by the finest Russian artists of the 19th and early 20th century, drawn from the collection of the State Russian Museum. 

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