The exhibition of works from the Leiden collection beat the attendance record 22/07/2018 automatic translate
In the Pushkin Museum the exhibition "The Epoch of Rembrandt and Vermeer. Masterpieces of the Leiden Collection " , organized with the support of Sberbank. Since the opening of the exhibition saw more than 275 thousand people, which was the highest rate over the past five years. Earlier record on attendance belonged to the exhibition "Raphael. Poetry of the image. Works from the Uffizi Galleries and other collections of Italy "(215,132 people). The exhibition is open until 22 July.
For the first time in Russia masterpieces of the Leiden collection of Thomas S. Kaplan and his wife Daphne Recanati-Kaplan, one of the largest and most significant private collections of Dutch painting of the 17th century, were presented. In the exposition - 82 works, none of which had previously been exhibited in Russia. The visitors saw the masterpieces of Rembrandt Harmens van Rijn (twelve paintings and one drawing), Jan Vermeer of Delft and Karel Fabricius (one piece each), Fransa Hulsa (two), Gerrit Dau (nine), Jana Livens (four) and their other outstanding contemporaries, as well as a unique drawing by Leonardo da Vinci.
On weekdays the average number of guests was 2-3 thousand people, at the weekend reached 6 thousand, and during the World Cup, the attendance of the exhibition per day doubled. Activities of the educational program, including lectures and meetings at the exposition, were attended by 1,700 people.
Vadim Sadkov, curator of the exhibition, head of the art department of the old masters of the Pushkin Museum. A.S. Pushkin:
When we did the exhibition, I realized that it will be a huge success. First of all, for two reasons: firstly, because of the constellation of the names of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Huls and many other Dutch artists, and secondly, because of the uniqueness of the collection, which is not normally available to a wide audience. We deliberately expanded the exhibition and showed more works than was done in Paris, Shanghai and Beijing. The Leiden collection was first presented so completely and holistically in our museum. Mr. Thomas Kaplan himself and the curators of the Leiden collection noted that according to the artistic quality and elegance of the show, nowhere this exhibition was so adequately exhibited.
Marina Loshak, director of the Pushkin Museum. A.S. Pushkin:
For me, the main character of this exhibition is the collector himself. Thomas and Daphne Kaplan for 15 years have collected an incredible collection of 250 works of art, which in quality corresponds to the level of national museums. I am extremely pleased that we were able to show a private collection from America in our museum, thereby once again proving that there are no boundaries for art.
The exhibition received recognition of the world museum community. At the opening came and delivered a lecture on Rembrandt Taco Dibbits - director of the Rijksmuseum (Rijksmuseum), which has the largest collection of works of the master. The exhibition was also attended by Armenian President Armen Sargsyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Olga Golodets, Chairman of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation Elvira Nabiullina, statesman Mikhail Shvydkoi, State Hermitage Director Mikhail Piotrovsky, Russian public figure and widow of the great writer Natalia Solzhenitsyna, journalist Vladimir Pozner and other guests.
The exhibition was published catalog, and also Vadim Sadkov’s book "The earliest Rembrandt: the opening of paintings from the cycle" Five Senses ", in which the author explores the origins of the work of the Leiden genius and analyzes the features of the formation of his talent.
After the Pushkin Museum. A.S. Pushkin The Leiden collection will be shown in the State Hermitage in St. Petersburg (since September 5) and in the Louvre of Abu Dhabi.