"Fascinating Altay"

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Nikulin Andrei Osipovich (1878-1945) The Katun. The early 1910s Oil on canvas, 48,7х59
Nikulin Andrei Osipovich (1878-1945) The Katun. The early 1910s Oil on canvas, 48,7х59
 December 19, 2013, at 16.00, at the State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), the opening of the exhibition of works from the State Art Museum of Altai Krai "Fascinating Altai",  dedicated to the 55th anniversary GHMAK. 

The project "Fascinating Altay" carried on a competitive selection of proposals for creative projects declared regions of the Russian Federation to address the Ministry of Culture (the letter of the Minister  of Culture on July 26, 2013 № 95-01-39 / 13-BM) pursuant Decree of the President of the Russian Federation on May 7, 2012 № 597 "on measures for the implementation of state social policy" and in preparation of Russia's Year of culture.

The exhibition Fascinating Altai is quite little – only 38 paintings, 4 graphic works, and 2 sculptures.

 Despite the fact that this exhibition is a chamber one, it amazingly simply and sincerely tells about
 Altai as an inimitable, unique, and inspiring land. 

Altai as a magnet attracts artists. The first professional painter who glorified Altai was the disciple of Russian realistic landscaping school, I.I. Shishkin’s pupil, Russian Imperial Academy of Arts graduate Altaian G.I. Gurkin.
A.O. Nikulin was another painter who, like G.I. Gurkin, was at the origins of Altai professional art.

After the Revolution a whole pleiad of wonderful painters worked here. M.I. Kursin, Y.L. Korovai, A.N. Borisov, V.V. Karev, N.S. Shulpinov were among those who established the first art  association in Altai in 1818 — AAS (Altai Artistic Society).
N.K. Rerikh visited Altai in the 1920s, A.D. Drevin and N.A. Udaltsova – at the beginning of the 1930s.

A watercolourist P.I. Basmanov’s best paintings of the 1930s are devoted to Altai as well.

A new surge of activity is connected with the appearance of new painters who came into the art of Altai during the Great Patriotic War. During that period masters appear in Altai who were evacuated from the central parts of Russia A.R. Eberling and D.F. Tsaplin are among them.

After the war and later young painters came to Altai all the time.The Union of Altai Artists gains creative power in these years as well.

In their canvases the image of Altai is reflected as the image of the world full of harmony of the union between Man and Nature.

Welcome to the exhibition Fascinating Altai to Mikhailovski castle!

The opening of the exhibition
Tells E.E. Bezrukova, head of the Altai Territory Culture and archive business.
At the opening of the exhibition
Tells curator of the exhibition at the State Art Museum of Altai Krai N.S. Tsareva.