Exhibitions

Russian classical art XVIII-early XX centuries

The exhibition presents more than 100 original works of fine arts of the XVIII – early XX centuries – from ancient icons to pictorial and drawing art of the greatest Russian artists.

You will view pictures of different genres and styles:

✔grand and intimate portraits of the XVIII century, demonstrating the artists interest to a man, his personality and status.

✔sceneries and still lifes of the XIX century by famous artists of Russian painting: I.Aivazovsky, I.Shishkin, I.Levitan, I.Khrutsky and many others.

✔canvases by V.Surikov - the great Russian artist of Siberian origin. The Museum presents a walloping collection of his artworks from the very first independent to the last major work.

✔masterpieces of e.20th c. painted by I.Repin, K.Korovin, P.Petrochiev and others. Meanwhile sweeping changes took place  in art. In addition to realism, Russian impressionism and symbolism begin to take off and diverse artist association come into existence.

✔a collection of Russian icon-painting.


The Museum displays the icons of various schools and styles from central regions of Russia, rare samples of Siberian icons, carefully crafted frameworks and cooper Old Believers moulding.

The Itinerant art works are represented by genre art, portrait and scenery. They glorified Russian nature, illustrated the daily life of Russian society in its true colours.

Who were they? The Itinerants were: Vasily Petrov, Alexey Savrasov, Ivan Shishkin, Ilya Repin, Nikolay Ge, Vasily Polenov, Victor & Apollinary Vasnetsov, Vasily Surikov, Archip Quindji, Isaac Levitan, Vladimir & Konstantin Makovsky, Valentin Serov, and the leader of the movement – Ivan Kramskoy.

The first demarche of the Itinerants was fouled-up competition, dedicated to the centenary of the Imperial Academy of Arts. Its best graduates refused to paint a scene from mythology. Artists yearned to select their own subjects, but the Academy didn`t meet halfway, so they left the room. Subsequently, the rebels organized the first Russian artists` association - “Artel of Free Artists”, which was lately transformed into “The Association of Itinerant Art Exhibitions”.


 Ticket price: 150 rub.

 Address: 20, Parizhskoy Communy Str. (Gadalovs' maison)

Pablo Picasso: the artist among poets

Graphic arts and media

The exhibition presents about 100 artworks: graphics from 11 rare publishings of XX century writers.


From the very beginning of his career, Pablo Picasso was surrounded by poets and writers. Primarily they were his Spanish friends from the bohemian café “Four Cats” in the medieval block of Barcelona, then the young French poets Max Jacob, Guillaume Apollinaire, Andre Salmon. Later it was run with Jean Cocteau, Pierre Reverdy, Paul Eluard, Ilya Zdanevich, American authoress Gertrude Stein and many others.

Picasso wrote poems and plays as well. And even wrote at the artist`s studio doorway in Bateu-Lavoir:

“Poets venue”. As Jaime Sabartes, a friend and biographer of the artist said: “Picasso was a poet among painters and a painter among poets”.

At the exhibition you will view the fusion of  artistic and poetic. Here, Picasso is shown as a poet of brushes and paints. Poets and literary personalities are like word-painters.

“The massive hit of the exhibition is lithography for the collection of poems by Pierre Reverdy “The Song of the Dead” (1948, Teriad publishing).

Forty-three poems are rewritten in a slightly enlarged handwriting. Picasso takes this form as a visual pattern of the book and becomes a designer, as abrupt, irritable Riverdy`s lines are pictures by themselves. Being aware Picasso takes a brush with litholac and paints, sometimes splashes on floor zinc plates. Picasso becomes a co-creator of work, adding his own graphics...”-writes Kira Dolinina, a journalist (“Kommersant”, St.Petersburg).


The exhibition “Pablo Picasso: the artist among poets” was premiered at The State Hermitage Museum in St.Petersburg in December, 2018 .

The exhibition is implemented by our friends, St.Petersburg gallery of contemporary art – PS gallery from the collection of Mark Bashmakov, a famous Russian art collector, the only living person, who has a permanent exhibition at The State Hermitage Museum.


   Dates: 15.02. - 25.04.2020

 Ticket price: 350 rub.

 Address: 12, Mira Ave. (Krasnoyarsk Art Museum named after V.I.Surikov on Mira Ave.)

Russian painting XVIII-early XX centuries

At the exhibition you will view more than 50 fine art paintings of the best native artists.

The first section of the exhibition is represented by the genre of portrait mid-to-late XVIII – early to mid XIX centuries. Depicting people, the artists tried to reflect moral virtues and inwardness of a man, embodied soul searching and its meaning. The second section is devoted to creative work of artists mid-to-late XIX – early XX centuries. The main genre of this section is landscape – scholastic and true, depicting spirit of the age and Russian men life.


True landscapes were painted by I.Shihkin, V.Orlovsky, N.Sergeev. Creative work of scholastic genre is presented with vast canvases of A.Bogolyubov and R.Sudkovsky. The tradition of late scholastic romanticism is discernible in landscape by Y.Clever. 

The third section is connected with the period of Russian art development at the turn of XXth  century. It is the period of art associations warfare. The exhibit is represented by artworks of members of the association “Union of Russian artists”: K.Korovin, S.Zhukovsky, S.Miloradovich.

Painters of the turn of the century appealed to plein-air landscape sketch, based on takeaway from nature. The fourth section of the exhibition is Siberian pictorial art of e.XXth c. There are artworks of exiled artist S.Vronsky, paintings and sketches of Siberian landscape artists G.Gurkin and D.Karatanov. The artists could show the beauty and fine-drawn lyricism of nature, made contemporaries look at customary in a new way.


   Dates: 07.11.2019 – 22.03.2020

 Ticket price: 150 rub.

 Address: 68, Krasnoyarsky Rabochy Ave. (Krasnoyarsk Art Museum named after V.I.Surikov on the Right bank)