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PASTEL IN THE RUSSIAN ART OF THE XVIII - XX CENTURIES

J. Ort. The portrait of Empress Elizaveta Alekseevna. 1800. Cardboard, pastel. 54x45
17 december 2009—9 march 2010
The exhibitions of the works that were created in the technique of pastel (one of the most fragile and delicate from graphical and painting techniques) is the first in the history of the Russian Museum. The exposition illustrates its development from XVIII to XX centuries. It includes the works of art of the known Russian painters and foreign painters, who worked in Russia.
The exhibition is interesting from the artistic and iconographic point of view. Along with the established portraits of the Emperor Family representatives (Catherine II, Grand Duke Pavel Petrovich, Grand Duke Konstantin Pavlovich) there are presented rare iconographic portraits of the Emperor Alexander I, his wife Empress Elisaveta Alexeevna, portraits of the notable figures of the Russian culture, representatives of the intelligentsia, ethnic types (J. Kassel, A. Orlovsky).
The exhibition required extensive technical and restoration preparation. The major scientific work was made to identify the persons on the portraits, to specify the authors, to make the dating of the artworks.
The exhibition is organized with the support of the "British American Tobacco Russia". It is supplemented with a catalogue in English and in Russian.

Unknown artist. The portrait of Unknown Woman with the Black Shawl. Beginning of the 1800’s. Grease-proof paper, pastel. 36x28 A. O. Orlovskiy. The Bashkir. 1808. Paper, pastel. 51,5x38,5 I. I. Levitan. Gloomy Day. 1895. Paper, pastel. 48x62 J. Cassel. The Young Bashkir. Grease-proof paper on board, pastel. 41 x 32 The Grand Duchess Maria Fedorovna. The Flowers. 1787. Paper on canvas, tempera. 60x47 Unknown artist. Portrait of Grand Duce Konstantin Pavlovich. 1806–1813. Pastel on paper Unknown artist. Portrait of Empress Ekaterina II. 1760’s. Paper on canvas, pastel. 73x55 Unknown artist. Portrait of Alexander I. 1813-1814. Grease-proof paper, pastel. 84,2x62 B. M. Kustodiev. Dancer in Cabaret. 1904. Canvas, pastel. 88,5x71,5

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Fyodor Dostoevsky in the Fine Arts from the State Russian Museum Collection. On the 200th Anniversary of the Writer’s Birth

Fyodor Dostoevsky in the Fine Arts from the State Russian Museum Collection. On the 200th Anniversary of the Writer’s Birth

14 october—15 november 2021

The exhibition was prepared for the 200th anniversary of one of the most famous and frequently cited Russian writers - Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821-1881).
His training at the Engineering School (in the 1840s), located in the Mikhailovsky (Engineering) Castle (now a branch of the Russian Museum), is an excellent occasion for the Russian Museum to pay tribute to the memory of one of the authors of the Petersburg myth by presenting an exposition of works from the museum collection in honor of this anniversary.

Italian Futurism. From the Collection of Mattioli. Russian Cubo-Futurism. From the Russian Museum and Private Collections in Moscow

Italian Futurism. From the Collection of Mattioli. Russian Cubo-Futurism. From the Russian Museum and Private Collections in Moscow

16 july—4 october 2021

The exhibition at the Russian Museum brings together the works of Italian and Russian futurists, which allow a viewer to witness the originality of each of the two national versions of this large-scale creative movement. The fundamental works of Italian futurism are shown in dialogue with the iconic works of Russian masters. This will provide an opportunity to see their similarities and differences and deeper perceive the era of avant-garde experiments that swept across Europe.

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