The exhibition in the Manege of the Small Hermitage will continue a series of projects of Russian museums dedicated to the memory of collectors – Sergei Shchukin and brothers Ivan and Mikhail Morozov.
As part of the project in honor of Russian art collectors, things from Russian collections were shown in Paris, and in the summer of 2019 in Russia. Then the exposition in the Hermitage was dedicated to the Morozov brothers, in the Moscow State Museum. Pushkin in Moscow hosted an exhibition “Schukin: a biography of the collection.”
In the summer of 2022, a large-scale exhibition “Brother Ivan. Collections of Mikhail and Ivan Morozov ”, and in the Manege of the Small Hermitage they promise to fully present the collection of Sergei Shchukin. The exhibition will consist of more than a hundred exhibits, including works by Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Andre Deren and other masters. Things from the Hermitage collection will be complemented by paintings and an African sculpture from the Moscow State Museum. Pushkin.
Sergei Schukin is an entrepreneur, a native of the Old Believer merchant environment. When he began to collect art, he first acquired the works of salon French artists. But soon his brother Ivan introduced him to the works of the Impressionists, and Sergei Schukin became interested in new French art. He bought works by Pissarro and Monet, Renoir, Degas, Sisley, Denis. Schukin was a successful entrepreneur, and art, apparently, was for him one of the means to expand his views. What in France, what in Russia, the art he collected was then considered shocking and marginal. But he perceived the collection not only as his own, but believed that he was collecting “for Russia.” When he emigrated, he left his meeting here.
Please note that you can visit the exhibition with tickets to the main complex of the Hermitage, and separately, including in the morning and evening. See the museum’s website for details.
The exhibition “Birth of Contemporary Art: Sergei Schukin’s Choice” will be held in the Manege of the Small Hermitage from June 26 to October 30, 2022.