This exhibition is dedicated to Russian Neoclassicism, an early 20th-century art trend that, alongside avant-garde, was influential in shaping Russian architecture, theatre, music, fashion and everyday life, as well as the figurative arts. Introducing viewers to paintings, graphic artworks and sculpture from the Russian Museum holdings, the list of exhibited artists includes Valentin Serov, Leon Bakst, Konstantin Somov, Boris Kustodiev, Zinaida Serebryakova, Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, Alexandre Iacovleff, Vasily Shukhaev, Georgy Narbut, Sergei Chekhonin, Sergei Konyonkov, Alexander Matveyev, Ivan Fomin, Alexander Samokhvalov and other talented masters who helped mould Russian Neoclassicism’s distinctive identity.
Neoclassicism was a retrospective movement whose exponents in various parts of Europe sought to bring forth a new Grand Manner, drawing inspiration from the lofty cultural traditions of antiquity, the Renaissance and Classicism. In Russia, Neoclassicism had its heyday in the late 1900s and early 1910s. Coinciding with the pre-WWI construction boom, the new art trend was instrumental in transforming hundreds of cities, towns and mansions of the landed gentry. The synthesis of the arts once again became a popular concept. Architects active at this time could not imagine their buildings without sculpture and murals. Some of the best murals of the time were painted by Eugène Lanceray, Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, Ignaty Nivinsky, Alexandre Iacovleff, Vasily Shukhaev, Nikolai Tyrsa, Vladimir Konashevich and, in the last year of his life, Valentin Serov. Neoclassical sculpture thrived in the hands of such greats as Sergei Konyonkov and Alexander Matveyev. In St Petersburg, many early 20th century buildings are adorned with the sculptures and bas-reliefs of Vasily Kuznetsov. The Kazan Railway Station in Moscow was to be the largest specimen of pre-1917 monumental Neoclassical art. The illustrious group of Mir Iskusstva artists engaged to design its interiors included Alexander Benois, Eugène Lanceray, Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, Zinaida Serebryakova, Boris Kustodiev, Nicholas Roerich, Pavel Kuznetsov and Alexandre Iacovleff. As they set to work sketching their future paintings and murals, the painters were hopeful that the era of the Grand Style, the era of the great 18th-century monumental artists Giovanni Tiepolo and Antonio Peresinotti, was in resurgence. But the revolutionary events of 1917 and the ensuing Civil War derailed the Kazan Station interior decoration project: not one of the numerous carefully prepared designs was realized. Some works created in preparation for the station’s planned extravagant decor are in the possession of the Russian Museum and will be displayed as part of this exhibition.
21 july—4 september 2023
This exhibition introduces visitors to a selection of the Russian Museum’s small but interesting and diverse collection of works by Russian artists of the 19th and 20th centuries dedicated to and inspired by Africa.
8 june—2 october 2023
Alexander Labas (1900–1983) was one of the founders of the Easel Painters’ Society (OST, 1925–1932), a group of artists with pronounced Expressionist influences that strove to depict images of contemporary Soviet reality in easel paintings.
The collection of masterpieces, chosen by the Russian Museum will allow you to make a first impression of the collection of the Russian Museum.
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Virtual tour of the museum complex. 2009 (Rus., Eng., Ger., Fin.)
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