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Ivan Aivazovsky. For the 200th anniversary

29 july 2016 — 20 november

Krymsky Val, 10, halls 60-62
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The Tretyakov Gallery is preparing a large-scale monographic exhibition of Ivan Aivazovsky (1817-1900), one of the best-known and most popular painters in Russia. His art includes the themes that touched many generations of artists: the attempts to depict infinite, limitless spaces, the desire to capture the ever-changing nature in a given moment of time.

From the large number of works created by Aivazovsky (based on his own estimate, approximately 6000), the exhibition presents about 100 paintings and 50 graphic works. The curators’ selection will allow the viewers to see the best examples of Aivazovsky paintings: seascapes, battle scenes, graphics works. The exhibition will display simultaneously four most significant paintings of the artist: “The Rainbow” (1873), “The Black Sea” (1881, both from Tretyakov Gallery), “The Ninth Wave” (1850), “The Wave” (1889, both from State Russian Museum). For the first time, the art lovers will see the large format painting “On the shores of the Caucasus” (1885, Tretyakov Gallery) that has never been on show before. The documentary section will introduce Aivazovsky as a patron of arts, the first honorary citizen of Theodosia. The exhibition will also include models of ships, compasses, globes, telescopes.

Participants: the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Russian Museum, the National Art Gallery named after Ivan Aivazovsky (Theodosia), regional Russian museums, private collections.