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From 21 December to 14 January, an exhibition "For the good of the Motherland", dedicated to the 180th anniversary of the birth of Russian collector, patron of art, benefactor P. Tretyakov (1832–1898) runs in the Visual Materials Reading Room (room 307).

Outstanding figure of Russian culture Pavel Tretyakov devoted his life to a single idea, one purpose – collecting the works of the Russian school of painting that "acquired from the society would also be returned to society (the people) in the ... useful institutions". He really created a useful institution – the first Russian public museum in which national painting appeared not in disparate artistic phenomena, but as a unified and whole.

By his almost half a century of collecting activities, support for the most talented and brilliant artists Pavel Tretyakov not less than the ideologues of "Wanderers" – Ivan Kramskoi or Vladimir Stasov – influenced the artistic culture of Russia in the second half of the 19th century and helped its blossom.

In Zamoskvorechie Tretyakov’s house, a place where was the beginning of the gallery, was gradually expanding and was rebuilt as its collection was growing, and it was widely visited by the public from the 70s of the 19th century. Both the house and a priceless collection of paintings were donated to Moscow in 1892. The collection included the finest collection of French art of the collector’s late brother – Sergei Tretyakov.  At the beginning of the 20th century the collection included four thousand pictures.

After the revolutionary changes of 1917 the Tretyakov Gallery Museum of iconography and painting (a collection of Ilya Ostroukhov) included the Cvetkovski Gallery with the most valuable collection of Russian drawings, a collection of Russian paintings of the Rumyantsev Museum and several private collections. Currently the collection of the gallery keeps over 150 thousand works of art.

Displayed exhibits reflect the most significant moments in the benefactor’s biography. Much attention is also paid to the fate of the descendants of the great collector – A. Botkin, V. Siloti, L. Gritsenko and other famous successors. The exhibition also represents reproductions of the most important paintings from the collection of the gallery.

The exhibition contains more than 80 documents.

Contact telephone: (+375 17) 293 27 58.



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