ArtVR at Tretyakov Gallery: Goncharova, Malevich, Shishkin
Only a month remains until the closing of the VR exhibitions at Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.

Earlier this year, State Tretyakov Gallery, in partnership with VRTech Group, announced the launch of the world’s first fully immersive virtual-reality-enhanced exhibition: ‘’Goncharova and Malevich: In Three Dimensions’’ dedicated to the legacy of two of the founders of the Russian avant-garde movement — Natalia Goncharova and Kazimir Malevich.  

Zelfira Tregulova, the director of the Tretyakov Gallery, previously told BBC that the move towards VR will make art more accessible for children in schools in areas without galleries or museums. Instead of making art an obligation, through VR technologies it can be presented as interactive, interesting and involving. The project successfully combines the two industries of entertainment and education.

The use of VR has been increasingly prevalent among galleries and museums. For example, GARAGE museum in Moscow recently hosted the Bidding for Glasnost exhibition which featured a VR auction.

Furthermore, Tretyakov Gallery is simultaneously offering another VR exhibition titled Project “Shishkin” which revolves around the 1889 masterpiece by Russian painter Ivan Shishkin titled “Morning in the pine forest”.

The interesting thing which sets Shishkin apart from other landscape painters is the fact that he was the first artist to begin painting the forest as the main character of his pictures, rather than their backdrop. Shishkin’s landscapes are of outstanding quality and his skill remains unparalleled. Although Shishkin was a master draftsman, his true talent is in the ability to time after time convey the spirit of nature and the Russian soul — which makes his forest and landscapes so incredibly breathtaking.

The visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Shishkin’s art, its nuances and its processes and better understand the atmosphere surrounding the creation of this work.

Both exhibitions will run until 1 June 2019.