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Ancient Myth and the Modern World

Mikhail Ershov. Orpheus. 1996. Tinted plaster. Russian Museum
28 July 2023—2 October 2023

Ancient mythology has had a huge influence on the culture of humanity, equipping the arts with numerous stories that can be used to draw historical, artistic, aesthetic and moral parallels. Just about every artist who embarks on a quest for harmony of shape and of the senses takes inspiration from the ancient Greek tales. In the 1980s and 1990s, entire series of works on the themes of antiquity appeared in the art of both master artists of the older generation and of younger artists who did not acknowledge any thematic or stylistic limitations. The painters and sculptors whose work can be found in this exhibition have employed the language of contemporary art to convey archetypal notions, casting their gaze into the distant pre-Christian past in search of meaningful correlations with modernity.

The exhibition includes around 70 paintings and sculptures from the mid-20th century to the early 21st, taken from the Russian Museum collection and from artists’ studios in Moscow and St Petersburg.

Eleonora Zharyonova. Amazon. Oil on canvas. 1979. Russian Museum Mikhail Edomsky. Cupid. 2014. Painting on wood. Property of the artist Evsei Moiseyenko. Antigone. Oil on canvas. 1977. Russian Museum Robert Lotosh. Aphrodite of Knidos. 2015. Plaster. Property of the artist Vadim Grigoryev-Bashun. Icarus XXI. Oil on canvas. 2012. Russian Museum Alexander Kit. Venus. 2012. Limestone. Property of the artist

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For the Glory of Russia. Entrepreneurs and Patrons in Russia in the 18th – Early 20th Centuries

For the Glory of Russia. Entrepreneurs and Patrons in Russia in the 18th – Early 20th Centuries

6 June—5 August 2024

Merchants, the “third estate”, at that time, were the basis of Russia’s economic power. The Stroganovs, the Demidovs and other entrepreneurs sometimes established entire “empires” with their own settlements, roads and internal regulations. The richest merchants became nobles and patrons of the arts. The exhibition is unique, both in the themes it explores and in the works it presents.

Olga Rozanova (1886–1918): An Art Revolutionary

Olga Rozanova (1886–1918): An Art Revolutionary

16 May—2 September 2024

Olga Rozanova's retrospective exhibition at the Russian Museum comprises art works from different collections. It will feature about 50 paintings and more than 100 graphic works illustrating all periods of her artistic career.

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