Museum of Russian impressionist art opens in Moscow
A museum of Russian Impressionist art opened amid efforts to promote the country’s little-known art movement to a global audience
A museum of Russian Impressionist art opened in Moscow on Saturday amid efforts to promote the country’s little-known art movement to a global audience.
Housed in a historic former chocolate factory, the private museum features a permanent exhibition of some 70 works by Russian artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries including Konstantin Korovin, Valentin Serov and Pyotr Konchalovsky.
It is based on the personal collection of entrepreneur and philanthropist Boris Mints, who invested some $20 million into a project seeking to help both Russians and foreigners learn more about Russia’s contribution to a movement which originated in France in the 19th century.
“Up until now, only the icons of Andrei Rublev and the works of avant-garde artists (Kazimir) Malevich or (Wassily) Kandinsky were known all over the world,” said museum director Yulia Petrova.
“However, between these two periods there is an artistic movement which deserves to be discovered.”
Designed by British architects, the museum, housed in a new circular building boasting ultra-modern lines, has been built on the site of an old sugar silo of a famous Soviet-era Bolshevik confectionery factory.
The move is hugely ironic: the Bolsheviks, who glorified Soviet realism, shunned impressionist art up until the political thaw of the 1960s.
The works of some well-known Russian impressionist artists including Valentin Serov, the author of The Girl with Peaches, are now experiencing a popular revival.
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