Irina Shumanova, Yevgenia Ilukhina
ART COLLECTORS AND PATRONS
#3 2007 (16)
Over the last ten years the Tretyakov Gallery has been displaying drawings from its collections at temporary exhibitions. The exhibition programme has had a continuous focus on the history of the collection of 18th-20th century drawings. The gallery’s 20th exhibition in the series reflects a new stage in the history of its collection - namely, the significant enlargement of the collection in the first decade following the Bolshevik revolution due to new acquisitions from private Moscow collections.
"But of course it is creative work - this undying, unbelievable love, the unrelenting obsession, the frantic persistence and obstinacy in searching and pursuing, the ceaseless work in the domain of art and history and, first and foremost, work of the eye, not the outer eye, ... but the inner eye, an intuitive insight into the essence of a piece of art, the collector's perspicacity."