After the major success of the Repin exhibition, the Groninger Museum continues its quest for nineteenth-century Russian art. The result is a large-scale overview of Russian landscape painting. A collection of Russian landscapes on this scale has never been realised outside Russia. The works on loan include a number of paintings that are considered to be national symbols in Russia, such as The Road to Vladimirka by Levitan (1892), Mast-tree Grove by Shishkin (1898), and Night on the Dniepr by Kuindzhi (1880). The vast majority of the work has never been displayed outside Russia.
In the 19th century, the great cultural efflorescence of Russia was accompanied by a passionate search for an own Russian identity. Landscape painters played a major role in this pursuit. They painted the landscape with an enthusiasm and drama that are completely unique.
The exhibition concentrates on the three greatest Russian landscape painters, Shishkin, Kuindzhy, and Levitan. In addition, much attention is also devoted to painters who place the work by the above-mentioned painters in a historical context.
Russian landscape painting has never been gathered together on such a scale anywhere in the world. The works on loan include a number of paintings that are regarded in Russia as being national symbols, such as The Road to Vladimirka (1892) by Levitan, Mast-tree Grove (1898) by Shishkin, and Evening on the Dnjepr (1880) by Kuindzhy. The vast majority of the work has never been displayed outside Russia. The Groninger Museum is exceptionally proud and privileged to enable the Western public to become acquainted with this important facet of Russian art that has remained largely unknown up to the present day.
The exhibition was compiled by Prof. Dr Henk van Os. Sjeng Scheijen, a Slavist and specialist in the field of Russian culture, has again been appointed as a guest curator. The production of the exhibition is in the hands of curator Patty Wageman.
The National Gallery in London will continue this exhibition in the summer of 2004.
Foundation Fund for Art and Economics
The exhibition has been realised on the basis of an investment by the Stichting Fonds Kunst en Economie, which is an initiative of VNO-NCW Noord. The Foundation is funded by the co-operative enterprise Noord-Nederland, EZ/Kompas.