29 July 2020—11 January 2021
Please note! The part of the exhibition dedicated to the art of the first half of the 20th century, located in the Benois Wing, is closed. The part of the exhibition dedicated to the art of the second half of the 19th - beginning of the 20th century will continue its work.
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.
The part of the exhibition located on the second floor of the Marble Palace will continue its work up to the 30th of November. The part of the exhibition located on the third floor will be closed earlier, the last day of the exhibition is the 16th of November.
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.
The works on the museum's permanent exhibition donated between 1895 and 2019 will be marked with special signs associating them with the temporary exhibition in the palaces. The exhibition will display about 1000 works of painting, 300 drawings and watercolors, 80 sculptural works, 100 items of decorative-applied and folk art. The exhibition in many ways will be unexpected for the viewers: for example, many people will probably be surprised to learn that the famous work "Barge Haulers on the Volga" by Ilya Repin, which clearly expressed the social protest of the artist against the exploitation of labor, was acquired by Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich.
The section of the exposition in the Benois Wing
presents Russian painting, graphics, and sculpture of the second half of the 19th - early 20th centuries and includes works by leading masters of the Itinerants' realism, Art Nouveau, and early avant-garde. Visitors are offered to view works donated to the Russian Museum by Ivan Aivazovsky, Konstantin Makovsky, Zinaida Serebriakova, Konstantin Somov, Mikhail Nesterov, Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, Ilya Repin, Valentin Serov, Boris Kustodiyev, Konstantin Korovin, Nicholas Roerich, Ilya Mashkov, Lev Bakst, Natalia Goncharova, Mikhail Larionov, Stepan Erzia and many other famous masters.
Another significant section of the exposition in the Benois Wing is devoted to the Soviet art of 1917 - the late 1940s. Here are presented the works donated by artists' relatives and private collectors in different years. These are works by famous masters of the avant-garde - Kazimir Malevich and Pavel Filonov and their students, as well as paintings and graphic works by famous artists of Leningrad and Moscow (Georgy Vereysky, Vera Yermolaeva, Nikolay Lapshin, Israel Lizak, Vyacheslav Pakulin, Konstantin Redko, Georgy Traugot, Alexander Shevchenko and others). The section dedicated to the art of the 1920s and 1930s is complemented by works by Boris Korolev, Vera Mukhina, Vasily Vatagin, and other famous Soviet sculptors.
of the exhibition - VTB Bank www.vtbrussia.ru
We would like to remind you that we have a new offer! You can buy a Full ticket with an open date, valid for 3 calendar days from the date of the first visit, which provides visiting the exhibition in the Benois Wing, Stroganov Palace, Marble Palace, and St Michael's Castle. We will be glad to see you in the museum after the end of the self-isolation period! We hope to meet you soon, wish you and your relatives good health!