Armenian art at Pushkin Fine Arts
The current exhibition at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts is a part of a long-term programme initiated by the museum’s director, Irina Aleksandrovna Antonova, dedicated to Russia’s closest neighbours— mainly CIS countries. Though the Soviet Union no longer exists, national arts institutions continue their cultural dialogue. For Antonova, the important issue is that art should have no boundaries and that neither political nor socio-political concepts should interfere with people’s collective spiritual and historical memory.
In September, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts together with the National Gallery of Armenia will display 18th to 20th century masterpieces of Russian and Armenian visual arts, from the collections of the National Gallery, Martiros Saryan’s Museum and the Ervand Kochar Museum.
This exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum. Six years ago in the same museum there was an exhibition called Relics of Saint Echmiadzin, which conveyed the spirit of the applied arts of Medieval Armenia. This time, the works of eminent Russian painters are on display: V. Borovikovsky, D. Levitsky, O. Kiprensky, V. Surikov,
I. Levitan, A. Benois, Z. Serebryakova, V. Borisov-Musatov, V. Kandinsky and M. Chagal. Among Armenian names we should highlight M. Saryan, father and son Akop and Ovnatan Ovnatanyan, S. Nersenyan and sculptor Ervand Kochar.
September 14 – November 14
Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
Open: 10:00 – 19:00 except Monday