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Opening of the exhibition “Evolution of French Landscape based on Artworks from the Collections of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts” in Japan

13.04.2018

The year 2018 has been announced as the Russian-Japanese Bilateral Year. The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts is preparing two exhibitions, which shall become the core events of the cultural program. The exhibition “Evolution of French Landscape based on Artworks from the Collections of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts” will be presented in Tokyo and Osaka. It will include the best artworks from the world-renowned impressionism and post-impressionism part of the Museum's collection. The exhibition “Masterpieces of the Edo Period” will be held in Moscow in September and October 2018. The event will be sponsored by PAO Rosneft Oil Company.

The exhibition “Evolution of French Landscape based on Artworks from the Collections of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts,” which will take place at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and the National Museum of Art (Osaka), includes 65 artworks by French painters of the 17th–20th centuries, featuring Claude Lorrain, Jean-Baptiste Pater, François Boucher, Claude Joseph Vernet, Hubert Robert, Camille Corot, Paul Cézanne, Gustave Courbet, Maurice Denis, Paul Gauguin, Henri Rousseau, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, and others. Japanese visitors will be able to see a number of genuine masterpieces, including “Luncheon on the Grass” by Claude Monet, “Jaguar Attacking a Horse” by Henri Rousseau, “Mount Sainte-Victoire” by Paul Cézanne, and “The Rape of Europa” by Claude Lorrain. Artworks by impressionists and post-impressionists from the collection of the Pushkin Museum are famous around the world and are often displayed in international exhibitions. However, this will be the first time that most of them will be exhibited in Japan.

An inclusive program was prepared for the exhibition: a video guide in international sign language for hearing-impaired visitors, as well as portable tactile models that will allow visually impaired people to feel the changes in compositional principles.

The exhibition “Masterpieces of the Edo Period” will open in Moscow in September 2018. It will be sponsored by PAO Rosneft Oil Company. The exposition will include more than 120 artworks representing various traditional schools and movements of Japanese art from the 16th–19th centuries, which was a period of self-isolation when traditional art revived. The Edo period is considered to be the golden age of Japanese art. Many items have the statuses of “national treasure,” “very valuable cultural artifacts,” and “very valuable art pieces.” It is quite rare for them to be exhibited outside of Japan.

Marina Loshak, Director of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts: 

The year 2018 is very special and important both for us and for our Japanese colleagues. As part of this unique cultural project, we are giving the Japanese public the chance to travel across French landscapes. In response, Moscow visitors will be able to see genuine treasures—amazing artworks of the Edo period. We are happy to organize both exhibitions and develop our partner relations. We hope to have more fascinating projects together in the future. 

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