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Five Top Exhibitions in Moscow This Summer

Famous art collections and the history of dueling


Hide from the heat, wait out a rain, or get acquainted with art—you can and should do all of this in the museums of the Russian capital. We will tell about five high-profile exhibitions this summer: French Impressionists and their Russian contemporaries, famous duelists, the Belle Epoque preserved on posters and billboards, and young Muscovites and Viennese caught by the camera lens.

Brother Ivan. Mikhail and Ivan Morozov’s Art Collections

Until October 30

The restored Red Vineyards near Arles and paintings by French Impressionists and their Russian contemporaries

The Pushkin Museum welcomes the main exhibition of the season: the collections of the Morozov brothers continue their journey from the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg and the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris. Its conceptual idea is to demonstrate the differences in the personalities of Mikhail and Ivan and their approaches to collecting. All in all, there are about 260 paintings, graphic works, and sculptures. The dual emphasis is on French painters, such as Monet, Sisley, Renoir, Cezanne, Gauguin, Matisse, Picasso, as well as their Russian contemporaries: Serov, Levitan, Vrubel, Larionov, and Goncharova. Kirill Ass and Nadia Korbut, the designers of the exhibition, have staged a dedicated “ideal museum space” in the State Museum of Fine Arts as a tribute to the brothers. Their life and work are depicted with books, photographs, and archival materials such as purchase receipts for paintings.

Faces of Art Nouveau

Until August 14

The history of the Belle Epoque via posters and billboards

The Belle Epoque is the name given by art experts to the time between the late 1890s and the early 1900s, the prime years of Russian Art Nouveau. This exhibition, which opened in the Tretyakov Gallery in the spring, reveals new facets of this artistic style via paintings, sculptures, advertising posters, and billboards from the early 20th century. These last two bear witness to the past, its special aura, and the spirit of metropolitan life: at that time, they became a means for communicating high art to the public. Famous Russian modernist artists collaborated as illustrators with Niva magazine, the largest Russian periodical of the time, and introduced the techniques of easel painting, graphics, and theatrical and decorative art into the language of posters and urban advertising. Visitors can see the works of Aleksandr Golovin, Konstantin Bogaevsky, Isaak Brodsky, Aleksey Savinov, Fyodor Botkin, Olga Della-Vos-Kardovskaya, Nikolay Ulyanov, Anna Golubkina, Konstantin Somov, Lev Bakst, Ivan Bilibin, Yevgeny Lanceray, and others.


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The Duel: From Trial by Combat to a Noble Crime

Until August 14

The phenomenon of dueling—the art of the fight and a noble crime

This exhibition describes the evolution of the concept of the duel over decades: from a medieval method for serving justice to a prohibited practice for defending honor and dignity. It is open in the Assumption Belfry and the Patriarch’s Palace and features 160 exhibits which depict the phenomenon of dueling in Western Europe in the 16th–18th centuries. The most interesting and rare are armor with gold and silver inlays, dueling weapons, engravings, manuscripts, fencing manuals, treatises on judicial combat, and portraits of famous duelists and documentary evidence of their punishments.

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