Masters of Modern Art from the Hermitage
Sixty-five modernist masterpieces from St Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum will exhibit at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from October 13 to March 3, 2019.
Masters of modern art from the Hermitage features a line-up of European masters from the late 19th to early 20th century, including Monet, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso and Gauguin, as well as their Russian contemporaries Kandinsky and Malevich.
The exhibition captures a defining moment in art history, where artists shifted from creating realistic, imitative works, to art that was subjectivist, abstract and explorative.
Highlights of the collection include Kandinsky’s colour-soaked Landscape near Dünaberg, Picasso’s shape-shifting Table in a Cafe and Malevich’s mysterious Black Square.
The State Hermitage Museum is the second largest art museum in the world, with the complex spanning ten buildings and housing more than 17,000 paintings, and some 620,000 drawings and prints. The museum’s collection began in 1764, when Catherine the Great acquired some of the most significant art works of her day.