Museum of Russian Impressionism has opened on the territory of “Bolshevik”

May 28, 2016. O1 Group informs about opening on the territory of “Bolshevik” Cultural and Business Center of Museum of Russian Impressionism, which basic collection is comprised of the canvases from the personal collection of Mr. Boris Mints, Chairman of the Management Board of O1 Group.

Over thousand square meters of the exhibition areas, a cinema, a modern educational multimedia zone, a learning studio, a cafe, a books and souvenirs selling shop – according to the concept of its founders, the new museum will become a cultural space combining exposition activities with scientific, publishing and educational work.

According to the museum representatives, its mission is to promote Russian art, as well as its impressionistic component, in particular, both in and outside Russia. Much attention is paid to enrich the current anthology of the Russian painting with the names barely known by the wide audience. With the efforts made during the past two years, the museum gained respect of the international museum community and was admitted as a member of ICOM (International Council of Museums).

The permanent exhibition consists of the works by prominent artists from the private collection of Boris Mints, a founder of the museum and a patron of arts and collector. He believes that Russian Impressionism is studied very perfunctorily and is, generally, underestimated. “I intend to realize a valuable project for Russian culture and for those who are fond of art. Our great advantage is that we are creating a totally state-of-the-art museum from the outset”, – said Boris Mints.

The design works and the transformation of former “Bolshevik” factory building into a full-fledged museum and, at the same time, a real art facility, were assigned to a renowned British architectural bureau John McAslan + Partners. The building of the museum is a round pavilion decorated by silvery perforated metal from outside.

The exhibition facilities occupied three floors with total area over 1,000 square meters. The permanent exhibition is located on the ground floor, while two other floors house temporary exhibitions. The museum plans to renew them 3–4 times per year to expose paintings both from the museum own collection and those from private Russian and foreign collections.

The permanent exhibition of the museum is dedicated to the evolution of Russian Impressionism over a century, starting from 1870s. It exposes more than seventy canvases by such brilliant artists as Konstantin Korovin, Igor Grabar, Konstantin Yuon, Piotr Konchalovskii, Yurii Pimenov, and many others. Yulia Petrova, Director of the Museum of Russian Impressionism, described the structure of its main composition as follows: “We drove off from pieces by Vasilii Polenov: our collection includes his two Crimean sketches painted in the XX-th century and a relatively early work dated 1879. Those were the 1870s, when the first impressionist attempts appeared in the Russian painting. Of course, Polenov cannot be classified as an impressionist in the proper sense of the word, but it was Polenov who was the first to tell his students, including Konstantin Korovin and Valentin Serov, about new global trends, complementary colors and light work”.

Valentin Serov is presented in the collection by “Window” – a prework to Olga Trubnikova’s portrait. Boris Kustodiev, who believed that painting was nothing else but an illusion, is presented by “Venice”, painted in an impressionistic manner. Practically all Russian painters of late XIX — early ХХ century had a fancy for impressionism. And avant-gardists were no exception, either. The exposition includes canvases by Piotr Konchalovskii and Vladimir Baranov-Rossine.

The cycle entitled “A Musical Tour of the Museum of Russian Impressionism” will be the trademark of the museum both in Russia and abroad. Dmitrii Kurliandskii, a renowned Russian composer, wrote a five musical stories cycle for the museum. The cycle is based on the composer’s impressions from the key works of the museum, including “Window” by Valentin Serov, “Venice” by Boris Kustodiev, “Dynamo Skating Rink” by Piotr Konchalovskii, “The Rostov Kremlin Gates” by Konstantin Yuon, and “Wet Posters” by Yurii Pimenov. The cycle will be performed for the first time during the opening of the museum.

A video installation by American artist Jean-Christophe describing the process of creation of paintings will be also included in the permanent exhibition. Applying brand new technologies, the artist has virtually “splintered” several dozens of museum masterpieces into strokes. The installation exposing the step-by-step “moment of creation” is presented on a large screen set up on the ground floor of the museum.

Temporary expositions are planned as thematic and monographic ones. Both private collectors and public institutions will be invited to participate. The museum of Russian Impressionism begins its exhibiting activity with a large-scale retrospective collection of works by Arnold Lakhovskii prepared specially for the opening of the museum. His paintings, although recognized by respectable international experts, are scarcely familiar to the wide Russian public. He worked both in the Old and New World, including Russia and Palestine, France and United States of America, Scandinavian states and Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy, therefore, his works are scattered among the museums and private collections all over the world. The exposition will be made up of more than 50 pieces, of which 12 were contributed by different museums from their own vaults. The visitors will be able to see not only landscapes and architectural ensembles by Lakhovskii, but also his genre pieces and portraits. In 2016, the museum plans to exhibit collections of works by Valerii Koshliakov and Yelena Kiseliova.

Alongside the exhibition work, the museum will unfold scientific, educational and publishing activity.

The concept of the museum has been developed by Lordculture International Consulting Agency. Special attention is paid to the issues of security and conditions of storage and exposition of the pictures. The museum has a vault for storage of works from its own and other collections.

The mission of the museum is to represent Russian Impressionism in all its diversity and to become a new venue where people will enjoy the art and the “surprise of forms and fountain of colors...”, a definition of Russian impressionism from Konstantin Korovin.


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