Museum Kunstpalast

Bonjour Russia

15 Sep 2007 - 06 Jan 2008

Valentin Serow
Ida Rubinstein, 1910
Tempera, Graphit, Gouache auf Leinwand
147 x 233 cm
Leihgeber: Staatliches Russisches Museum, St. Petersburg
French and Russian Masterpieces
1870–1925 from Moscow and St. Petersburg

The museum kunst palast, Duesseldorf, with the support of E.ON AG, presents a unique show featuring outstanding works of Russian and French modern art. For this exhibition, curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal, Exhibitions Secretary, Royal Academy of Arts, more than 120 masterpieces from the collections of four principal Russian museums – the State Hermitage and the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as the State Pushkin Museum and the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow – will be shown together for the first time in Germany.
The exhibition, whose only venue in Germany is Duesseldorf, will be devoted to the years from 1860 to 1925 in Russia and France, not only uncovering parallels and reciprocal influences, but also the different developments in both countries. The spectrum of the Russian works on display will range from the realism of Ilya Repin and Serov to Cézannism, Fauvism, Neo-primitivism, Cubo-Futurism and the groundbreaking experiments in abstraction culminating in the Suprematism of Malevich and others.
Key works by the most important pioneers of modern French and Russian painting will be on display, for example the Portrait of Jeanne Samaryby Renoir, Mont Sainte-Victoire by Cézanne, the Portrait of Dr. Reyby Van Gogh, Her Name is Vairaumati by Gauguin, The Dance and The Red Room by Matisse, Guitar and Violin or Bathers by Picasso, The Red Jew by Chagall, 17 October 1905 by Ilya Repin, Composition No. 7 by Kandinsky, The nude by Tatlin, and the triptych of Black Cross, Black CircleandBlack Square by Malevich.
Thanks to the largesse of the Russian museums, works can now be brought together – first in Duesseldorf and then at the Royal Academy in London – which express the magnificent history of modern art as well as the richness of Russian public art collections in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

The exhibition is under the patronage of German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.

Tags: Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, Pablo Picasso, Ilya Repin