A large-scale retrospective of the works of Arkhip Kuindzhi opened in the Tretyakov Gallery

A large-scale retrospective of the works of Arkhip Kuindzhi opened in the Tretyakov Gallery
9 October 2018, Tuesday

Among the 180 works, except works from the collections of the Tretyakov Gallery and the Russian Museum, paintings from 19 museums in Russia, as well as museum collections in Azerbaijan, Belarus, plus from a private collection. In addition to the famous paintings "Night on the Dnieper", "Birch Grove", "Dnieper in the Morning", the paintings "Sunset in the Steppe" (from the Art Museum of Buryatia) and "Volga" (from the Azerbaijan National Museum of Art) never appeared in Moscow.


Arkhip Ivanovich Kuindzhi (1842–1910) is one of the most prominent Russian artists of the XIX century. He made a breakthrough in the artistic searches of his generation of painters, created a special type of romantic landscape based on a realistic perception of the world, but transformed by the artist’s creative individuality.


In the Tretyakov Gallery, an exhibition of an outstanding landscape painter was last organized in 1992. A part of the artistic heritage of the master, mainly completed works, was presented at it. In today's exhibition, along with famous canvases, you can see numerous sketches and sketches. It was in the process of their creation that the painter experimented a lot, being in constant creative search. The first acquaintance with the preparatory work took place at two posthumous exhibitions organized by the Kuinji Society in 1913 in St. Petersburg and in 1914 in Moscow. The second meeting took place in 2007 at an exhibition organized by the State Russian Museum on the basis of the richest material received in 1930 from the Kuinji Society.


The exhibition allows you to re-discover Kuindzhi’s identity. The artist consciously used in his work the latest discoveries of physics and chemistry. Kuindzhi's innovation is connected not only with the formal aspects of painting, but also with that understanding of the unity of the world and man, which was especially close to the next generation of masters of the early twentieth century. The courage of Kuinji's treatment of flowers and paint, which seemed to his contemporaries bold and often remained unexplained, finds its continuation in the work of his students, including N. Roerich, A. Rylov, K. Bogaevsky, F. Rushchits, N. Krymov. Kuindzhi opened rich perspectives for the art of the future - symbolism, expressionism, primitivism, fauvism.


October 06, 2018 - February 17, 2019
Tretyakov Gallery, Engineering Corps, Lavrushinsky Lane

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