About the show:
More than 120 outstanding works of Russian and French modern art, spanning the heady years between 1860 and 1925, are featured in this exhibition curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal, Exhibitions Secretary, Royal Academy of Arts. Assembled from the collections of four principle Russian museums in Moscow and St. Petersburg, paintings by names as stellar as Cézanne, Gauguin, Matisse, Chagall, Picasso, Renoir and van Gogh are displayed with those equally stellar names Malevich, Kandinsky, Mashkov, Serov, Repin and Tatlin. The objects on display amply illustrate the parallels and reciprocal influences between French and Russian artists of the day, as well as divergent artistic paths that developed in each country. Viewed together, the spectator is in for a visual treat that encompasses (among other movements) Realism, Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubo-Futurism and Suprematism. This is truly an exhibition entitled to employ the word "masterpieces" with impunity.
Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf: September 15, 2007-January 6, 2008
Royal Academy, London: January 26-April 18, 2008