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7 October 2013

The Institute of Russian Realist Art Presents the exhibition "New arrivals".

Exhibition of recent acquisitions
October 18, 2013 – January 26, 2014

In December 2013 the Institute of Russian Realist Art celebrates its second anniversary. To mark this occasion we are launching a new project entitled "New Arrivals” - the first public display of the museum’s latest acquisitions. Currently the IRRA’s collection includes more than 6,000 works of art, and that number continues to increase every year. Our growing collection has drawn on many different sources. Most of the paintings were acquired directly from their authors, their heirs or private owners, some were purchased at auctions in Russia and abroad, and others were gratefully received as gifts. Some of these paintings have been already exhibited in a range of exhibitions both here and abroad. However, many works in the current exhibition are going on show for the first time. Some paintings spent many years in private collections in other countries, and are now finally returning to their homeland. One of the institute’s main aims is to establish a strong collection and preserve Russia’s cultural heritage.
     Canvases by Nikolay Klodt, Nikolay Krymov, Petr Petrovichev, Leonard Turzhansky, Nikolay Tarkhanov and Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky are a godsend to collectors and a source of pride for any museum. The works on display include paintings by classic Soviet artists such as Petr Ossovsky, Viktor Ivanov, Igor Obrosov, Andrey Vasnetsov, Viktor Popkov, and Sergey and Alexey Tkachev, whose artistic work remains relevant to this day.
     A stand-alone project within the “New Arrivals” exhibition will be the display of Vasily Polenov’s “Levi Matthew” (1900s) acquired from the artist’s relatives - one of the most significant acquisitions of the Institute of Russian Realist Art. To give the canvas the prominence it deserves, a separate exhibition space has been arranged.
     The exhibition ties in with the overall concept of the permanent exhibition, which explores the development of Russian art in its historical context. Many of the paintings displayed at the exhibition will be later included in the Institute’s permanent exhibition. Thus, "New Arrivals” will launch the series of regular renewals, progressively introducing visitors to the most valuable exhibits in the nation’s realist painting school of the last two centuries.
     The exhibition is supplemented with a documentary series which places the art in its broader context as part of Russia’s social and cultural life.
A catalog for "New Arrivals” has been issued, including reproductions of the paintings presented in this exhibit with descriptions.
The exhibition “New Arrivals” will open on October 18, 2013 and run until January 26, 2014.

Idea: Alexey Ananiev. Curators; Ksenia Karpova, Nadezhda Stepanova. Working Group: Tatiana Ivanova, Gemma Manukyan, Olga Stekolschikova, Ksenia Yakovleva. Exposition Design: Alex Podkidyshev, Igor Chirkin