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Unforgettable Russia
from Realism to Impressionism
masterpieces from The State Tretyakov Gallery

Art Impression Exhibition An Unknown Lady Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskoy the State Tretyakov Gallery Art Impression Exhibition Ilya Yefimovich Repin At the Boundary State Tretyakov Gallery Art Impression Exhibition Ilya Yefimovich Repin Portrait of Sofia the State Tretyakov Gallery Art Impression Exhibition Nikolai Nikolaevich Ge Portrait of Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy the State Tretyakov Gallery Art Impression Exhibition Nikolai Alexeevich Kasatkin Rivais the State Tretyakov Gallery
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The exhibition “Unforgettable Russia” presents the masterpieces of the Russian paintings from Realism to Impressionism between the latter half of 19th and early 20th century from the collection of the State Tretyakov Gallery. The exhibition includes75 best paintings of well-known Russian artists like Ilya Repin, Ivan Kramskoy, Vasily Surikov, Isaak Levitan and others. It is the biggest and most representative self-dependent project of The State Tretyakov Gallery especially made for Japan after 15 years of interruption.
<The State Tretyakov Gallery >
The State Tretyakov Gallery is one of the major Russian art museums. Gallery was created based on private collection of paintings of a unique Russian whose name is Pavel Tretyakov. It is now the national treasure of Russia, one of the main symbols of splendid Russian culture-a house where over 100 thousand of works of arts mainly paintings are kept and exhibited. The Gallery has the world's leading collection of one of the most important periods of Russian art: realist painting from the second half of the 19th century based on the collection of Pavel Tretyakov.
<“Itinerant” exhibition>
“We will depict what we would like to”. From the 1850s to the 1860s, the young generation of Russian artists rebelled against the conservatism of the Academy of Art having the desire to change contemporary Russian society through the force of art. It was characterized by a realistic method of depicting life and its truth, no matter how bitter it may be. The most prominent role was played by Kramskoy, who later produced the masterpiece entitled An Unknown Lady. His group was called “Peredvizhniki” or “Itinerants”, for they toured their exhibition to some provincial cities. While they were grounded on realism, their style also showed from the beginning an Impressionistic tendency. As the Impressionist Exhibitions were held in Paris just in those days, Russian artists, including Repin, were informed of the movement. They fully digested it to present the new portraiture of their native country.


【Date and Place】
4 April - 7 June 2009
The Bunkamura Museum of Art
Organized by:
Bunkamura
Mainichi Newspapers
13June - 21 July 2009
Iwate Museum of Art
Organized by:
Iwate Museum of Art
Iwate Nippo Co., Ltd.
Iwate Broadcasting Co., Ltd
28 July - 18 October 2009
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum
Organized by:
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum
IZUMI TECHNO Co., Ltd.
The Chugoku Shimbun
Chugoku Broadcasting Co., Ltd.
24 October - 13 December 2009
Koriyama City Museum of Art
Organized by:
Koriyama CIty Museum of Art

[For these 4 exhibitions]
With the patronage of:
Embassy of the Russian Federation,
Russian Center for International Scientific and Cultural Cooperation
With the cooperation of:
Japan Airlines
With the coordination of:
Art Impression Inc.