From the 7th of November, 2012 until the 25th of February, 2013 the Arkhip Kuindji Memorial Museum hosts the exhibition “To the historical places of Arkhip Kuindji in Saint-Petersburg and Mariupol” featuring photographs from the collection of the Museum.
Arkhip Kuindji (1842 -1910) is one of the most mysterious artists. His name has been wrapped in a mist of legends for more than hundred years. The artist who was born in poverty but later became a house owner and a millionaire, did not like to talk about himself and his family. He didn't leave an artist’s dairy or any notes. In his private correspondence one can find a lot of mentions about business but these can hardly contribute to making his biography. Already the pioneers of the artist’s biography such as M. P. Nevedomsky and other member of Kuindji Society faced the lack of information about Kuindji’s life in 1913, while preparing the monograph about the artist. Therefore they collected a lot of materials about the artist’s life in Saint-Petersburg and Mariupol (Ukraine) directly from his contemporaries. The exhibition displays the historical places connected with the name of Arkhip Kuindji and photo-portraits of the artist and his contemporaries.