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Icons of Modern Art The Shchukin Collection


Icons of Modern Art
The Shchukin Collection
Hermitage Museum — Pushkin Museum
Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris

Exhibition runs from

October 22, 2016 until February 20, 2017
4 PM until 11 PM

The exhibition “ICONS OF MODERN ART. THE SHCHUKIN COLLECTION. HERMITAGE MUSEUM – PUSHKIN MUSEUM" marks a new step in the long-term collaboration between the Foundation and the Hermitage and Pushkin museums, which started in 2015 with the exhibition “Keys to a Passion".


Sergei Shchukin's collection is primarily dedicated to French painting and the artists of the Parisian scene. The quality of its works, the number and emblematic nature of the masterpieces, together with the strong relationship he established with the artists, art dealers and the contemporary art scene, in both France and Russia, give the collection its unique stature.

From the end of the 19th century Shchukin, the leading Muscovite industrialist, was in regular contact with an influential circle of pioneering modern art dealers and familiar with the great collectors, including Leo and Gertrude Stein. He also made numerous visits to the studios of avant-garde artitsts, such as Monet, Matisse and Picasso.

The relationships he established at that time heavily influenced the formation of his collection, which remains one of the best examples of the most radical art of that era.

130 works are exhibited in this sensational exhibition including works by Picasso (29), Matisse (22), Gauguin (12), Monet (8), Cezanne (8) and Malevich (8).

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