Artists – to Ilya Repin. An exhibition marking the 170th anniversary of Ilya Repin’s birth at the Penates Museum
“Artists – to Ilya Repin” is an exhibition organized by the Ilya Repin Penates Memorial Museum together with the Saint Petersburg art gallery KGallery to celebrate the 170th anniversary of Russia’s most famous artist – Ilya Repin. The exhibition displays Russian paintings of the 19th and early 20th century by artists with whom Ilya Repin became very close and kept corresponding for many years, whom he respected the most and entrusted with his artistic experiences and thoughts. The main feature of the exposition is Ilya Repin’s own collection of works by other artists, which has never been shown before in its entirety and which is now being preserved in the Penates Museum.
Ilya Repin could hardly be considered an art collector in the fullest sense of the term: collecting artwork had never been a personal passion of his. However, as the years went by, Ilya Repin turned out to be the owner of many paintings that were usually presents from his students. As we see in the photographs exhibited, he truly appreciated these works and kept them hung on his walls next to his own masterpieces. Unfortunately, the exhibition doesn’t feature the whole Repin’s collection: many paintings are now displayed at Ateneum Museum in Helsinki. Nevertheless one will find great artwork by famous Russian artists such as: Polenov, Bogolubov, Shishkin, Vasnetsov, Orlovsky, and others, including two of Repin’s favorite students: Kustodiev and Serov on display.
A catalogue of Repin’s whole collection, including works from Ateneum Museum, was published especially for this unique exhibition.