The Museum of Russian Impressionism opened with appropriate fanfare in Moscow. The major private art musuem in Russia's capital, the edifice will revolutionize the world's knowledge of art history, according to the curators. Some 1,000 plus square meters of exhibition space are dedicated to delivering Russian impressionism to the world.
According to the news, the permanent body of artworks at the museum came the private collection of billionaire Russian businessman Boris Mints. The repertoire of pieces on display cover artists like; Konstantin Korovin, Igor Grabar, Yuri Pimenov and Valentin Serov. Mints told reporters at the opening:
"I am looking to create an institution that will make a significant contribution to the culture of my country and to art lovers in general. We are presented with a great opportunity to build a cutting-edge museum from scratch, which I consider a true blessing. Why did I start to collect paintings? I loved them. It began in my childhood. To become an art collector you obviously need money and that was not a possibility in my youth, but my love of art came from my childhood."
Russian impressionism, while less well known that its French counterpart, is no less compelling and awe inspiring. The drama of Socialist realism, and state sanctioned art in all forms, left an indelible mark on this creative genre. The new museum looks at this and other retrospectives, including the opening project, the work of Ukranian-Jewish Arnold Lakhovsky, of the early 20th century. The world of art interpretation today sees Russian forms as negatively influenced by Bolshevik era interruptions of creative flow, but nothing is further from the truth. The beauty and underlying emotion of these Russian pieces is unique, and reflective of the human spirit underneath, like no other forms anywhere. At least Russian impressionism is a favorite or Russian enthusiasts.
For Moscow visitors, The Museum of Russian Impressionism is at; 15 Leningradsky Prospekt. Bldg. 11. Metro Dinamo, Belorusskaya.