A unique exhibition entitled Major Characters. Selected Works from the Collection of the Samara Art Museum will open on 5 December in the Worker and Kolkhoz Woman Pavilion at VDNH as part of its own Resident project, an inter-museum exchange programme. It will feature iconic canvases by Russian artists and rare exhibits from the museum’s oriental collection. It will be the first time such a large-scale exhibition is run in Moscow.
The Samara Art Museum will present a collection of more than 130 masterpieces. Visitors to the exhibition can see works of Russian fine art of various genres spanning the early 18th century and to the 1970s: from secular portraits to avant-garde and socialist realism. The exhibition will feature well-known paintings by Russian artists, such as Two Mothers by V. Makovsky, Winter by A. Savrasov, Boyarynya by V. I. Surikov, Composer A. G. Rubinstein by I. Repin, Landscape by A. Lentulov, Building a House by O. Rozanova, as well as works by I. Kramskoy, I. Aivazovsky, V. Serov, A. Benoit, P. Konchalovsky, S. Adlivankin, and D. Burliuk.
The exhibition will feature a collection of Oriental art from the Samara Museum: miniatures, panel pictures from 17th-19th century China, Japan, and India. The Austrian merchant and founder of the Zhiguli brewery, Alfred von Vacano, built this vast collection of exhibits. He lived in Samara for more than 30 years and supported the museum since its creation. Vacano's collection is of special value: some of its items are in the State Hermitage Museum, and some are in the Samara Art Museum.
The Samara Regional Art Museum is one of the largest Russian museums and was established in 1897. The first museum exhibits were the works donated by Samara artists. The collection was considerably expanded after the 1917 revolution when it was supplemented by the collections of Russian art owned by the merchant P. I. Shikhobalov and Western European and Oriental art of the merchant A. von Vacano. Later, other works were transferred to the museum from the State Museum Fund, the State Hermitage Museum, the Russian Museum, the Tretyakov Gallery, the Radishchev Art Museum in Saratov, and several other museums. The museum's collection currently includes more than 35,000 exhibits from the end of the 16th century to the beginning of the 21st century.
The Resident project is a programme of Russian and international inter-museum exchange launched by VDNH in 2018. Two exhibition projects will be presented annually within each of the exposition blocks: Moscow, Russia and World, which will run in parallel in the Worker and Kolkhoz Woman Pavilion. From 5 December 2018 to 31 March 2019, in addition to the "Major Characters. Selected Works from the Collection of the Samara Art Museum" exhibition, the Worker and Kolkhoz Woman Pavilion will host "The Appearance of the Hero. In Search of Mikhail Bulgakov" exposition by the M. A. Bulgakov Museum, which will tell the author's biography and how he created his works to the visitors.
VENUE: Worker and Kolkhoz Woman Pavilion at VDNH.
OPENING TIMES: 5 December 2018 – 31 March 2019, except Monday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
EXHIBITION CURATORS: Lina Krasnyanskaya, Ekaterina Mochalina.
ADMISSION: adults: 300 RUB (for one exhibition) and 400 RUB (for "The Appearance of the Hero. In Search of Mikhail Bulgakov" and "Major Characters. Selected Works from the Collection of the Samara Art Museum" exhibitions), children from 6 to 16 years old, full-time students, and pensioners: 100 RUB. Free of charge: children under 6, orphans, abandoned children, people with disabilities, veterans of the Second World War and members of large families with at least one child under 16.