One night at the Fondation

Portrait of the Poet Valery Bryusov, Moscow, 1906. The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

During the night of Sunday 17 October, three major paintings from Mikhaïl Vrubel (1856 - 1910), loaned by the State Tretyakov Gallery and exhibited in The Morozov Collection. Icons of Modern Art, were taken down to go back to Moscow. Discover the behind-the-scene of this special night !

Artworks at night

The Portrait of Savva Mamontov (1897), Lilacs (1901) and Portrait of the poet Valery Bryusov (1906) will be presented at the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow for the artist's national retrospective. This exhibition will gather more than 300 paintings of the artist, from 3 November 2021 to 8 March 2022.

The Fondation reopened on Monday 18 October with five new paintings from artists generously loaned by the State Tretyakov Gallery and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.

The choice of each new work corresponds with each gallery’s theme and existing scenography.

• In Gallery 1 (Painters and patrons), Vrubel’s Portrait of Savva Mamontov (1897) was replaced by the Portrait of Savva Mamontov (1896) by Anders Leonard Zorn (Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts).

• In Gallery 5 (The nature of things), Vrubel’s Lilacs (1901) replaced by an ensemble of three paintings: Green study (1906) by Boris Anisfeld (purchased by Ivan Morozov in 1906), Sirène (1896) by Valentin Sérov (from the collection of the painter and patron of the arts Ilya Ostroukhov) and Landscape (1911) by Alexandre Golovine (purchased by Ivan Morozov in 1915).

• In Gallery 9 (Cézanne and "les Cézannistes"), Smoker (1911) by Natalia Goncharova (donated by the artist) took the place of Vrubel’s Portrait of the poet Valery Bryusov (1906).