RUSSIA’S GOLDEN MAP

Irina Lyubimova
ALEXEI ISUPOV
BETWEEN RUSSIA AND ITALY
On the 120th Anniversary of the Artist’s Birth
The 35th exhibition of “Russia’s Golden Map”

Special issue. ITALY–RUSSIA: ON THE CROSSROADS OF CULTURES

Alexei Vladimirovich Isupov dedicated his whole life to art and was shaped by his years at the Moscow School of Painting, and later absorbed a great deal from Impressionism and the work of the Italian Renaissance masters. But he kept his distinctive style and remained true to the idea that excited the generation of painters of the turn of the 20th century— “the embodiment of the great beauty of everything alive”.

Irina Lyubimova
Alexei Isupov. Between Russia and Italy On the 120th Anniversary of the Artist’s Birth

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Alexei Vladimirovich Isupov dedicated his whole life to art and was shaped by his years at the Moscow School of Painting, and later absorbed a great deal from Impressionism and the work of the Italian Renaissance masters. But he kept his distinctive style and remained true to the idea that excited the generation of painters of the turn of the 20th century— “the embodiment of the great beauty of everything alive”.

Galina Trifonova
Classic Russian Art from the South Urals Regional Museum

#3 2008 (20)

The Chelyabinsk Regional Museum of Arts was formed in 2005 through the merger of two art museums: the Chelyabinsk Regional Picture Gallery, the oldest museum in the South Urals region, and the Museum of Applied Art of the Urals, which itself, prior to 1978, was a part of the Picture Gallery.

Irina Bukhantsova, Lyudmila Snytko
Treasures of Russian Art in the Collection of the Sukachev Irkutsk Art Museum

#2 2008 (19)

The Irkutsk Art Museum named after Vladimir Sukachev (the Sukachev Irkutsk Art Museum) is sometimes called the “Siberian Tretyakov Gallery” or the “Siberian Hermitage” because of the richness and diversity of the museumʼs collections: Russian art from the earliest time, Western European and Oriental art – paintings, drawings, sculpture, applied art; folk art, numismatics, archaeology, and other collections. The department of Siberian art spanning a period from the Palaeolithic age to the present day is unique. The collection has more than 20,000 items overall.

Andrei Pilipenko
Russian Art of the 19th and early 20th Сenturies in the Serpukhov Museum of History and Art

#1 2008 (18)

The Serpukhov Museum of History and Art is one of the richest provincial Russian museums and the largest visual arts museum in the Moscow region. It is located in a former mansion that was built in the late 19th century by the architect Robert Klein and belonged to the textile manufacturer, the merchant of the third guild Anna Vasilievna Maraeva.

Olga Kuznetsova, Alexei Fedorchuk
The Icon Collection of the Yaroslavl Art Museum

#4 2007 (17)

The Yaroslavl Art Museum is the successor to the art gallery that existed in the city from 1919 to 1924. After several administrative transformations the gallery was renamed the Yaroslavl Museum of Arts and became part of various museum associations. Only in 1969 did the museum gain independence from the organisation known as the Yaroslavl-Rostov Museum-Preserve. When first opened the Yaroslavl Art Museum housed an icon collection of about 1,400 items, with the majority of the collection formed in the late 1920s and 1930s.

Valentina Sorokina, Svetlana Ignatenko
The Museum on the Belaya River

№3 2007 (16)

The Bashkir Art Museum named after Mikhail Nesterov is one of Russia’s oldest. It was founded on November 7 1919, and opened for visitors on January 5 1920. The beginning of its collection and the foundation of the museum are connected with the name of the outstanding Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov (1862-1942), who was born in Ufa. Wishing to contribute to the artistic education of his fellow-countrymen, the artist donated to his native city his own collection of Russian works of art of the second half of the 19th and early 20th centuries, in all 102 pictures, including works by Ilya Repin, Ivan Shishkin, Vladimir Makovsky, Nikolai Yaroshenko, Vasily Polenov, Isaac Levitan, Konstantin Korovin, Alexander Golovin, Alexander Benois, Abram Arkhipov, Nikolai Roerich, and other well-known artists.

Andrei Pilipenko
Serpukhov Art and History Museum

№1 2006 (10)

The collection of the Serpukhov Art and History Museum (SAHM) was shaped largely thanks to the efforts of the Maraev family of industrialists in the late 19thearly 20th century. It is traditionally assumed that it was started by Anna Maraeva; she was the first in the family to buy art and historical objects, and effectively became a founder of the Serpukhov museum. Nevertheless, she had no full level of proper education and could not be aware or formulate clearly the nature and aims of the collector's activity.

Irina Mironova
The Nizhny Novgorod State Arts Museum

№4 2005 (09)

The Nizhny Novgorod Arts Museum traditionally participates in exhibitions of both classical and contemporary art at the Tretyakov Gallery. However, the real gems of the museum’s Russian art collection will soon be presented there in the framework of the special Volga Project, a part of the programme “Russia's Golden Map”.

Tatyana Dodina
The Volgograd Fine Arts Museum

№3 2005 (08)

In Spring 1960, the Russian Ministry of Culture decreed that an art museum should be recreated in the hero city of Stalingrad. The original Stalingrad picture gallery, opened on the eve of the war in 1938, had been totally destroyed in the bombing of August 1942; leafing through the surviving gallery catalogue, published in 1941, one is overcome by pain and regret. Repin, Surikov, Ivanov, Korovin, Aivazovsky, Levitan and Polenov are but a few of the eminent Russian artists whose works had been in the old Stalingrad gallery. Hundreds of works of art by dozens of outstanding Russian and Soviet painters were gone forever.

Olga Piulskaya
The State Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Tatarstan

№2 2005 (07)

The exhibition based on the collection of the State Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Tatarstan, which is currently on display at the Tretyakov Gallery as part of the project “Russia's Golden Map”, has a special significance given that Kazan is celebrating its 1000th anniversary this year.

A.Aksenova
The Vladimir-Suzdal Museum-Reserve

№1 2005 (06)

In 2004 the State History, Architecture and Art Vladimir-Suzdal Museum-Reserve celebrated its 150th anniversary, and thus is one of the oldest and largest museum associations in Russia. It includes the most significant art collect-ions and monuments of Vladimir, Suzdal, Bogolyubov, Kideksha and Gus Khrustalny; the assoc-iation incorporates 40 separate museum locations and 55 architectural monuments, nine of which are mentioned in UNESCO's World Heritage list. All these make the Vladimir-Suzdal Museum-Reserve a real attraction for tourists from Russia and abroad – a pearl of Russia's Golden Ring, visited every year by more than one million tourists from more than twenty countries.

N.Tolstaya
Irkutsk Regional Museum of Fine Arts

№4 2004 (05)

THE STORY OF THE IRKUTSK COLLECTION BEGAN WITH THE PICTURE GALLERY OF VLADIMIR PLATONOVICH SUKACHOV (1849–1920). HE WAS A TRUE SON OF HIS TIMES: A WEALTHY PHILANTHROPIST AND A PROMINENT FIGURE IN RUSSIAN SOCIETY. HIS MOTHER CAME FROM A FAMOUS FAMILY OF SIBERIAN MERCHANTS, THE TRAPEZNIKOVS, WHO HAD LONG BEEN INTERESTED IN PAINTING, ALREADY IN THE 18TH CENTURY STARTING TO ORDER PORTRAITS FOR THE FAMILY COLLECTION: IT INCLUDED WORKS BY THEIR PRIVATE PAINTER N.A.KLIMOV, THE DECEMBRIST N.A.BESTUZHEV, THE LOCAL ARTIST M.I.PESKOV AND OTHERS. VLADIMIR SUKACHOV’S UNCLE, A.K.TRAPEZNIKOV, STUDIED PAINTING WITH PAVEL TRETYAKOV’S CLOSE FRIEND, THE ARTIST A.G.GORAVSKY FROM ST. PETERSBURG.

A.VASKOVA, N.TOLSTAYA
TUMEN REGIONAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

№3 2004 (04)

TYUMEN REGIONAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS MAY BE COMPARATIVELY YOUNG – IT HAS YET TO MARK ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY – BUT OFFERS VISITORS A VERSATILE AND EXCITING COLLECTION ENCOMPASSING CLASSICAL RUSSIAN AND WESTERN EUROPEAN ART, AS WELL AS WORKS BY LOCAL PAINTERS OF THE 19TH–20TH CENTURIES; TOBOLSK BONE-CARVERS AND FAMOUS TYUMEN CARPETS; THREEDIMENSIONAL CARVING WITH VEGETATION ORNAMENTS WHICH WAS SO WIDELY USED IN WOODEN BUILDINGS IN TYUMEN; AND, FINALLY, THE ART OF THE PEOPLES OF THE OB RIVER REGION IN THE FAR NORTH. ONE OF ITS MOST INTERESTING PARTS IS THE SIBERIAN ICONS SECTION.

A.GUMENYUK, N.TOLSTAYA
OMSK REGIONAL MUSEUM OF FINE ART THE ТM.A.VRUBELУ

№2 2004 (03)

ONE CAN SAY THAT THE M.A.VRUBEL OMSK REGIONAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS STARTED ON DECEMBER 21 1924 WHEN THE WESTERN SIBERIAN REGIONAL MUSEUM OPENED A PICTURE EXHIBITION IN ITS MAIN LOBBY TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. THE GALLERY SHOWCASED I.K.AIVAZOVSKY, I.I.LEVITAN, K.A.KOROVIN, V.D.POLENOV, I.I.SHISHKIN, V.E.BORISOV-MUSATOV, V.M.VASNETSOV AND A.N.BENOIS AS WELL AS OTHER WELL-KNOWN ARTISTS. BY THE TIME OF ITS INAUGURATION THE COLLECTION INCLUDED 100 PAINTINGS, THAT UNTIL TODAY CONTINUE TO BE ITS CORE AND MAIN PRIDE.

T.SERGEEVA
THE CHEREPOVETS MUSEUM ASSOCIATION

№1 2004 (02)

OPENED IN 1870, THE CHEREPOVETS MUSEUM IS ONE OF THE OLDEST MUSEUMS IN THE NORTH OF RUSSIA AND THE SECOND IN IMPORTANCE IN THE REGION OF NOVGOROD. THE MUSEUM WAS FOUNDED BY THE CITY’S MAYOR IVAN ANDREEVICH MILIUTIN (1829–1907) AND THE WELL-KNOWN FOLKLORE SCHOLAR AND NATIVE OF CHEREPOVETS, ELPIDIFOR VASILIEVICH BARSOV (1836–1917), WHO DONATED HIS PRIVATE COLLECTION TO THE TOWN. INITIALLY THE MUSEUM INCLUDED NEARLY 4,000 WORKS OF ART DONATED BY FORTY ONE PATRONS OF ART, AS WELL AS COLLECTORS OF RARITIES; TODAY THE COLLECTION RUNS TO MORE THAN 400,000 WORKS.

G.Andreeva (On the project) N.Tolstaya
STATE SARATOV MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS named after A.N.Radishchev

№1 2003 (01)

Among Russia’s national art museums the Tretyakov Gallery has a very special place. It can be rightfully deemed the "number one" such institution, both from the time of its foundation and for its role in the rise of the nation’s self-consciousness – if the country’s history is traced with reference to the most brilliant and, no less importantly, the most typically Russian phenomena of its national culture, as well as those which have gained worldwide renown. For all Russians and foreigners who have ever had the chance to familiarize themselves with the collection of the Tretyakov Gallery, this is a wonderful and exciting voyage of travel to Russia, unmatched in terms of the volume of impressions and knowledge acquired. The Russian masterpieces, so carefully kept in the Gallery, vividly demonstrate the traits of the Russian mentality and mind-set. In the Gallery’s halls, one comes to perceive the inseparable links between the Russian artistic school and the European artistic process, as well as its distinctive and truly unique nature.

 

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