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Gifts to the Russian Museum from Artists and Collectors. Selected Works. 1898–2019

Gifts to the Russian Museum from Artists and Collectors. Selected Works. 1898–2019
29 july 2020—7 december 2020
Please note! The part of the exhibition located in St Michael’s Castle dedicated to the 18th-century painting will be closed earlier - the last day of the exhibition is the 16th of November.
The part of the exhibition in St Michael’s Castle dedicated to the art of Ancient Russia and drawing of the 18th - first half of the 19th century will continue its work up to the 7th of December.

Throughout the history of the Russian Museum the most important role in the forming of its collection belongs to the donors. Among them are artists, collectors and other people who care about art and its preservation. Since the 1980s, the Russian Museum has gratefully acknowledged the contribution of donors in new acquisitions exhibitions, annual reports, and publications. However, the museum has never shown to the viewers the artworks donated from the moment of its foundation till the end of the twentieth century, though they formed the core and glory of the collection of the first museum of national art in Russia.

To mark the 125th anniversary of the Russian Museum, such an exhibition will be shown in all of its palaces, bringing together items of different epochs and donors, including the imperial family (Alexander III, Nicholas II, Grand Dukes), famous patrons of the arts (M. K. Tenisheva, D. N. Tolstoy, V. N. Argutinsky-Dolgorukov and many others), artists (I. E. Repin, V. A. Serov, I. I. Shishkin, and others). The artworks will be shown in chronological order of their creation (from ancient icons to works of the twentieth century) in four palaces of the museum: in the St Michael's Castle, Marble Palace, Benois Wing of the Mikhailovsky Palace and in Stroganov Palace.



St Michael’s Castle presents works of Ancient Russian art and examples of paintings, drawings and watercolors of the 18th - the first half of the 19th centuries, presented to the Russian Museum from the moment of its foundation. Exposition of the Ancient Russian art includes unique pieces of icon painting and church embroidery of the 15th-17th centuries created by the masters of various centers.
The main part of the exhibit in the section of the painting of the 18th - the first half of the 19th century consists of masterpieces by Dmitry Levitsky and Vladimir Borovikovsky, Ermolay Yesakov and Grigory Chernetsov, Orest Kiprensky, Alexey Venetsianov, Grigory Gagarin and Nikolay Maykov, as well as prominent masters of "Rossica": Jean-Louis VoilleGeorge Dawe, Jean-Laurent Mosnier, Henri-François Riesener and other painters.

The section devoted to the drawings and watercolors of the 18th - the first half of the 19th century presents works from the collection of Princess Maria Tenisheva. These works became the basis for the collection of graphics of the Russian Museum (works by Orest Kiprensky, Maxim Vorobiev, Alexey VenetsianovKarl Bryullov, as well as foreign masters who worked in Russia). This section also includes watercolors and drawings by Alexander Ivanov, Karl Bryullov, Grigory Gagarin, Vasily Shebuyev, and other masters from members of the imperial family and other donors.

General sponsor of the exhibition - VTB Bank

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The Artistic Legacy of the Klodt Family

The Artistic Legacy of the Klodt Family

23 december 2020—29 march 2021

Pyotr Klodt (Peter Jakob Clodt von Jurgensburg, 1805–1867) – was a renowned animalist sculptor, author of a famous group of equestrian statues, the Horse Tamers, installed at the Anichkov Bridge. Pyotr Klodt started an artistic dynasty, which creative heritage now presented in a large exhibition for the first time.

Alexander Benois. On the 150th Anniversary of the Artist’s Birth

Alexander Benois. On the 150th Anniversary of the Artist’s Birth

9 december 2020—31 march 2021

The name of Alexander Benois, a prominent member of the "Mir iskusstva" (World of Art) artistic movement, is closely associated with the "Silver Age" of Russian culture. A highly educated man, a gifted artist who showed his talent in many ways and in various spheres of cultural and humanitarian activities.

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