Saturday, August 19, 2017

Collective Crimean art exhibition opens in Irbit's MoFA

An exhibition of 100 paintings, etchings, engravings and drawings dedicated to the Crimean landscape recently opened at the Museum of Fine Arts in the Sverdlovsk city of Irbit.

Almost each piece in the collection was created by Crimean and Russian artists at some point during the 19th and 20th centuries, with some works by European artists. As a whole, the collection centers on the beauty of Crimean landscapes while highlighting historical motifs, ITAR-TASS reports.

"We show, for example, the image of Empress Catherine II, engraved Nikolai Utkin on original paintings by Vladimir Vorovykovs'kogo; Catherine II on a walk in the Park," Valery Karpov, the director of the museum, said, according to ITAR-TASS. "After all, it was she who annexed the Crimea to Russia, signed in 1783, the manifesto. On the accession of the Crimean peninsula, the islands Taman and All Kuban side."

The exhibit also features the renowned graphic self-portrait of Russian painter Ivan Shishkin.

"Our show also has two engraved on metal portrait of Pushkin, who was exiled in 1820 to the south of Russia, the English artist Thomas Wright made in his own drawing in 1836 for the planned poet, but unrealized collected works," Margarita Pashkov, the museum's consulting art historian, said, ITAR-TASS reports. "And very concise etching portrait of Basil Mate with the famous painted original Kiprenskii Orestes."

Meanwhile, a small portion of the exhibition is dedicated to representations of the Crimean landscape done by 23 local Sverdlovsk artists. The exhibition will be open until the end of September.