The exhibition of works of Yury Repin, the son of the great artist Ilya Repin is on display in the summer-studio of the home museum of Ilya Repin “Penates”. The highlights of the exhibition are the early works of Yury Repin, such as the “Self portrait with a pipe” and the landscapes made in 1890's, and later works made in 1930's. After 1939 there was no possibility for Yury Repin to continue working in the studio that was located in the house close to Penates, his father’s manor. Because the political situation at the Russian-Finnish border worried the Finnish government it started evacuating people from the Karelian Isthmus in 1939. According to eyewitness accounts Yury Repin and Vera Repina, children of Ilya Repin, were the lasts to leave their manor Kuokkala (present time - Penates).
Ilya Repin left the manor by his last will to the ArtAcademy. Later the scientists of the ArtAcademy found lots of letters, photographs, sketches and paintings in the walls of Penates. These documents and pictures helped to recreate the history and atmosphere of Ilya Repin’s life at Penates. In June 1940 the manor was opened as a public memorial museum. The house of Yury Repin became the depository for his paintings and for the works of his father Ilya Repin. A year after the beginning of the Second World War all the art works were moved to the Art Academy depository. When the war was over in 1944 it turned out that the house of Yury Repin was completely destroyed by fire but the works of the artist Yury Repin were preserved and have been exhibited already for several times.
The exhibition is open until the 30th of October, 2011