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Small Art

Sketches by Polenov, Levitan, and other masters






300 — 500

The Small Art Exhibition at the Jewish Museum features a collection of works that are usually left behind in the archives, as their dimensions are generally considered too small to make it to a public event.

The exposition has several sections. The first section sheds light on how small sketches help artists, allowing visitors to trace various artworks' journey from sketches to large canvases. The second section presents unfinished works, while the third talks about the avant-garde artists' mission to change the form of big and small objects alike. And the final section explores the subject of small-scale art for intimate exhibition spaces.

The exhibition features over 130 works by Isaac Levitan, Vasily Polenov, Valentin Serov, Ilya Repin, Mikhail Vrubel, Konstantin Somov, Kazimir Malevich, Antonina Sofronova, Léon Bakst, and other artists. The art has been donated by the Pushkin Museum, the Tretyakov Gallery, the Peterhof Museum Reserve, the Abramtsevo Museum Reserve, the A. V. Shchusev State Museum of Architecture, the Tsarskoye Selo Museum Reserve, as well as other museums and private collections.

Especially for the event, the Jewish Museum has designed an inclusive program, specifically tours for visitors with intellectual disabilities.

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