“Matisse, Picasso, Chagall ... the art of Western Europe of the 1910s - 1940s at the Hermitage collection” will be presented in Kazan

22 October 2019, Tuesday

October 24 at 16.00 at  the exhibition center "Hermitage-Kazan" the opening of the exhibition "Matisse, Picasso, Chagall ... the art of Western Europe of the 1910s - 1940s in the collection of the Hermitage" will be held.

The exhibition “Matisse. Picasso. Chagall ... "- this is the first attempt to present the art of Europe in the 1910s - 1940s on the example of works from the Hermitage collection. The exhibition contains objects stored in different departments of the museum, created by masters of different countries, different generations, different political genres and art directions in order to comprehend through works of art an era that remains in the shadow of the avant-garde and the great war. The exhibition includes not only traditional works of painting, sculpture and graphics. A significant part of it consists of objects related to a new kind of art that was born only in the last century - livre d'artiste / artist’s book.

The works that were included in the exhibition are some kind of fragments of a huge canvas torn by the Second World War, which ended up at the Hermitage in various ways. Most of them are first-class works, whose artistic value is undeniable regardless of the historical context.

To the opening of the exhibition “Matisse. Picasso. Chagall. The art of Western Europe in the 1910-1940s at the Hermitage collection ”also plans the educational program“ Days of the Hermitage in Kazan ”. From October 24 to 26, the Hermitage-Kazan Center will host lectures by art historian, philologist-novelist Lyudmila Torshina, exhibition curator, researcher at the State Hermitage’s Department of Western European Art Natalia Demina. The screening of the film “The Hermitage. Virtual immersion in time and space ”with Konstantin Khabensky in the title role and the children's program“ Journey into the Art ”.

In addition, on the opening day of the exhibition in Kazan, the results of the “Skillful Verb” contest, initiated by the State Hermitage, the Vladimir Potanin Charity Fund and the Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts, will be announced. The contest is named after Vladimir Yuryevich Matveev, who for a long time worked as Deputy Director of the State Hermitage Museum for Exhibitions and Development. He made a significant contribution to the establishment of the Great Hermitage project, which includes the creation of satellite centers of the museum in different regions of Russia and the world. Experts determined the winners of the regional and federal levels of the contest for the media and journalists covering the issues of culture and art.

Press Service of the State Hermitage Museum, Ksenia Lugovskaya, tel. (812) 710-9510; (812) 312 1567, e-mail: lugovskaya@hermitage.ru

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