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Mikhail Vrubel

07 December 2006 - Date is not specified
Benois Wing

The State Russian Museum presents the exhibition, dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Mikhail Vrubel"s birth (1856-1910). It includes painting and graphic works, sculpture and objects of applied art from the collection of the State Russian Museum, executed in the majolica technique.

The exhibition comprises well-known paintings by Mikhail Vrubel, such as Hamlet and Ophelia (1884), Morning panel (1897), Hero (1898), Flying Demon (1899), Six-Winged Seraph (1904) as well as seldom exhibited works of graphic art, such as anatomic studies, costume class watercolours, academic period programmes, numerous portraits, self-portraits and the Insomnia, the Campanulas, the Shells late graphic series. The exhibition presents the Vision of Ezekiel the Prophet (1906) last work of the artist, painted in tragic years of illness, resisting to which he continued to create. "The creative power outlasted everything in him. The man had been dieing and ruining, but the master continued to live" (Valery Bryusov).

We would like to show the oeuvre of Mikhail Vrubel most fully and diversely: sculpture, glazed tiles and the Sadko tray, created in the 1890s in the majolica technique at the Abramtsevo studio. The famous Vol"ga and Mikula fireplace (1899-1900), created for the World Fair of 1900 in Paris is assembled of 130 fragments especially for the exhibition.

The visitors will get acquainted with the unique archival materials from the Manuscript Department of the State Russian Museum, such as photographs, letters, concert programmes, created after the artist"s sketches. Nadezhda Zabela-Vrubel contributed to those concerts.

Private things of the artist such as a shell, inspiring him to create a geographical cycle of 1904, Chinese tea box and traveling candlestick are of great interest.
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