The traveling exposition titled “Romantic Russia” features the work of distinguished Russian painters of the late XIX — early XX century.
The current project is part of the ongoing cultural exchange between Japan and Russia and follows the brilliant exhibition of Edo period art at State Pushkin Museum which took place in 2018.
According to the director of State Tretyakov, Zelfira Tregulova, this project is a great opportunity to spread awareness of Russian art in Japan. Although the Japanese are quite familiar with Russian culture through literature and music, Russian Art has remained relatively unknown in Japan. It was also noted that the selection of paintings aims to convey the perception of the world and nature, and the deep lyrical feelings and emotions embedded in Russian art.
The residents of Tokyo had the opportunity to visit the exhibition space and see dozens of paintings from the collection of State Tretyakov Gallery. The exhibition lasted for just over two months, during which time it was visited by over 110,000 people. Now, the exposition has been relocated to the city of Okayama where another Museum has invited visitors to come see this great Russian Art.
Among the 19th—20th century masterpieces included in the exposition are paintings such as the famous “Moonlight night” and “Portrait of an Unknown Woman” by <a href="http://russianartgallery.org/famous/kramskoy.htm"> Ivan Kramskoi</a> and “Rain in an Oak Forest” by Ivan Shishkin. Furthermore, the visitors will have the chance to see work by other great Russian painters including legendary artists like Repin, Korovin, Vastnetsov, Aivazovsky and Levitan.
Kramskoi’s “Portrait of an Unknown Woman” became the main highlight of the exhibition. This painting has already visited Japan seven times — the picture is quite popular among the Japanese. It visited the country for the first time just over 50 years ago and has since amassed a small cult following.
The exhibition in Okayama is accompanied by several educational programs and concerts of Russian music. It will close in June and then the masterpieces will travel to two more cities before eventually returning to the Tretyakov Gallery.