"Other Shores. Russian Art in New York. 1924" Automatic translate
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In September, the Museum of Russian Impressionism will open the research exhibition “Other Shores. Russian art in New York. 1924 "about the largest US show of Russian painting, sculpture and graphics by hundreds of the best authors. Almost a hundred years later, visitors will be able to see more than 70 iconic works from museum collections and private collections in Russia and the world, including those from the Albertina Gallery in Vienna.
In 1924, more than 1000 works were presented at the Exhibition of Russian Art in New York. This exposition is a unique cross-section of Russian art of the first quarter of the 20th century - the exhibition involved the sale of works, so its participants sent their best creations overseas.
Over time, the works were scattered across different countries. The museum has found many of them in the collections of the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Switzerland, Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Armenia, Tajikistan and other countries. On the territory of Russia, the paintings were scattered from Khabarovsk to Rostov-on-Don.
This large, almost detective research promises to be one of the largest projects of the museum. It took the curators more than a year to find work. Art critics have managed to establish the fate of several hundred works, some of which have been rediscovered for the audience. The exposition will include works by Lev Bakst, Igor Grabar, Boris Grigoriev, Mikhail Larionov, Ilya Mashkov, Pyotr Konchalovsky, Boris Kustodiev, Zinaida Serebryakova and other artists from the collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery, State Russian Museum, State Hermitage, collections of Anton Shkulev, May Bekkerman, Roman Babichev and others.
An exhibition of Russian art took place in 1924 at one of the most prestigious exhibition venues in New York - the Grand Central Palace in downtown Manhattan, after which she visited twenty more cities in the United States and Canada. Many prominent American personalities and business representatives helped in its organization, and the publisher William Hirst entered the board of trustees. During the New York exposition, more than 90 works were sold for more than $ 50,000. Among the buyers were designer Louis Comfort Tiffany, businessman Charles Crane, Fedor Chaliapin and Sergei Rachmaninov.
Hundreds of archival documents, auction catalogs, consultations with museum curators, as well as negotiations with collectors and employees of auction houses helped to confirm the participation of this or that painting in the American exhibition. Among such discoveries is the "Old Ballet" by Konstantin Somov from a private collection, found at one of the American auctions. The study of the labels on the backs of paintings and catalog numbers confirmed the participation in the exhibition of the works "August Evening" by Konstantin Yuon, "The Seagull" by Arkady Rylov, "After the Battle of Kulikovo" by Valentin Serov and a number of other works.
Newspapers and magazines of the twenties of the last century also played a significant role in the preparation of the "Other Shores…" project. Sometimes it was the reviews and reviews in the press that helped art critics to attribute the work. This was the case, for example, with the paintings "Yellow Face" by Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin and "Evening on the Black Sea" by Grigory Bobrovsky.
The Museum of Russian Impressionism will display two works from the collection of the Albertina Gallery in Vienna: "The Officer’s Hairdresser" by Mikhail Larionov and "The Cello" by Vasily Shukhaev. Their arrival in Russia became possible thanks to the special partner of the exhibition - the pharmaceutical company GEROPHARM, which in its twentieth year supports a series of events to increase the availability of art.
A fundamental publication is being prepared for the exhibition with information on more than 200 works from the American exposition, a significant part of which cannot yet be brought to Russia. The published results of the research carried out by the museum will be supplemented by archival photographs and analytical materials. One of the articles was prepared by art critic, professor at the University of Southern California, John E. Boult. The catalog was financed by Alexey and Ekaterina Tolokonnikovs.
The exhibition project "Hypotheses" will continue the research topic. The third floor of the museum will house the works of Viktor and Apollinarius Vasnetsov, Stanislav Zhukovsky, Boris Kustodiev and other artists whose participation in the overseas epic is still in question. Visitors will be able to learn about the fate of the paintings and examine the arguments for and against showing them at an exhibition in the United States.
Both exhibitions will provide an idea of what an exhibition in New York might have looked like in 1924. In addition to paintings, guests of the museum will see graphic works, objects of decorative and applied art, book illustrations and archival photographs. The exhibitions will be accompanied by an extensive educational program for children and adults, as well as inclusive events.
The curator of the exhibition is Olga Yurkina, specialist of the exhibition department of the Museum of Russian Impressionism. The working group also included the director of the museum Yulia Petrova, the chief curator Natalia Sviridova, employees of the exhibition department Daria Uryadova, Elena Akhmerova and Anna Sklyarevskaya.
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