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THREE CENTURIES OF RUSSIAN DRAWING. SECOND HALF OF THE 19th CENTURY

22 february 2007—20 may 2007
Drawing and Watercolours in Russia. Second Half of the 19th Century is the third exhibition of the Three Centuries of Russian Drawing State Russian Museum project, aimed to show masterpieces of Russian drawing of the 18th - 20th centuries. The exhibition presents the best samples from the State Russian Museum collection - nearly 130 works by sixty-five artists. Some of them are first ever exhibited. Graphic art of the 2nd half of the 19th century is remarkable for the plenitude of genres, variety of schools, and the extreme artistry of language. It had been thriving during fifty years and by the early 20th century had acquired unprecedented independence, standing apart from painting both in collections and at exhibitions. Though changing along this long path, it retained an essential peculiarity of the art of that very period - social significancy, and contributed to the social life. Even the lyrical experience of nature was coloured not individually (i.e. stressing the world of a single man), but slightly opening those horizons where a man is inseparable from the mankind. This is the landscape interpreted by Alexei Savrasov, Fyodor Vasilyev, and Isaac Levitan. The works by these artists still decorated walls in parlours as before, however, easel drawings and watercolours were also exhibited among paintings. And the exhibitions were becoming important events of the social life; they were widely covered in the press, and gave rise to fierce debate. The number of exhibitions was also growing. In the beginning they were held in Petersburg once a year in the Academy of Arts and at times in the Society for Encouragement of Artists. From 1871 there appear annual expositions of the Society of Travelling Art Exhibitions. Ten or fifteen years later the exhibition boom followed, and among numerous shows there appear purely graphic ones - Blanc et noir, exhibitions of the Society of Russian Watercolourists. Drawing underlay academic education, creating the basis for high professionalism. All renowned painters, be it landscapist Ivan Shishkin, portraitist Ivan Kramskoi or genre painter Vladimir Makovsky, were equally graphic artists. Graphic works presented at the exhibition recreate the image of an epoch inspired by the oeuvre of Tchaikovsky and Musorgsky, Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky, Repin and Surikov, Shishkin and Levitan.
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Arkady Rylov. 1870–1939

Arkady Rylov. 1870–1939

16 august—13 november 2017

The Russian Museum houses the biggest part of Rylov’s artistic heritage: paintings and sketches of various periods, graphic works, illustrations. This will allow to present all stages of his artistic development for the first time after his last personal exhibition in 1970.

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Artists of the Society of Russian Sculptors

Artists of the Society of Russian Sculptors

10 august—20 november 2017

The artists' union “Society of Russian Sculptors” (ORS – Obschestvo Russkih Sculptorov) was created in 1925 in the course of revolutionary events and construction of new culture in Russia. The main objective of this society was to unite all Russian sculptural forces, to find new plastic expression and preserve the accumulated sculptural traditions of Russian and Europe culture in art.

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