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From Kustodiyev to Levitan: Rare landscapes from Tretyakov Gallery’s repositories at Zaryadye Park

The first art exhibition at Zaryadye Park will show rarely exhibited paintings of the 19th and 20th centuries from the gallery’s repositories.

The exhibition Portraying Russia: Landscape Painting from the Tretyakov Gallery Collection will open on 6 September at Zaryadye Park. It will showcase 55 canvases by 36 Russian painters, through which you can trace the evolution of domestic landscape painting at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.   

This is the first time that Zaryadye Park will host an art exposition. Moscow Government Minister and Head of the Department of Cultural Heritage Alexander Kibovsky highlighted the importance of the exhibition at a news conference.

Collaboration with Zaryadye Park gives the Tretyakov Gallery an opportunity to demonstrate significant but rarely displayed paintings.

The paintings are arranged in thematic groups and partially in chronological order. The exposition sections are entitled Capital, Exploring Our Country, Tradition and Fairytales, Time, Move On, Nature Remains Static and In the Eternal Ice. Works by Alexei Savrasov, Vasily Perov, Boris Kustodiyev, Natalya Goncharova and Konstantin Yuon are seen side by side with canvases by lesser known landscapists of the 19th-20th centuries.

Opening the exhibition is the section Capital, presenting Moscow of the early 19th-late 20th centuries. The earliest painting, Boyar Site in the Kremlin, belongs to one of the main chroniclers of 19th century Moscow, Fyodor Alekseyev. The latest painting, Zaryadye, 1980, is the last work by painter and graphic artist Yevsei Moiseyenko.

The section Exploring Our Country presents scenes of the Russian North, Crimea and Siberia by Isaak Levitan, Konstantin Korovin and Ilya Ostroukhov.

The most unusual section, In the Eternal Ice, is dedicated to northern-scapes. The theme found its way into domestic landscape painting after the Nizhny Novgorod fair of 1896, which included the Extreme North pavilion decorated by painter Konstantin Korovin. The section will provide a glimpse into the creativity of writer, polar explorer and first painter of Arctic-scapes Alexander Borisov (1866-1934). The centerpiece of In the Eternal Ice will be a painting of the same name, a vast canvas of 201x356 cm that will make its public debut after its recent restoration.

An interactive projector guide will be available, providing information about the painters and canvases. It is activated by click. In the run-up to the opening, the system will be adjusted and, as the organisers joke, they will finish training the young guide.