Museum of Russian impressionist art opens in Moscow

AFP | May 28, 2016, 04.25 PM IST

A museum of Russian impressionist art opened in Moscow on Saturday amid efforts to promote the country’s little-known art movement to a global audience.

Housed in a historic former chocolate factory, the private museum features a permanent exhibition of some 70 works by Russian artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries including Konstantin Korovin, Valentin Serov and Pyotr Konchalovsky.

It is based on the personal collection of entrepreneur and philanthropist Boris Mints, who invested some $20 million into a project seeking to help both Russians and foreigners learn more about Russia’s contribution to a movement which originated in France in the 19th century.

“Up until now, only the icons of Andrei Rublev and the works of avant-garde artists (Kazimir) Malevich or (Wassily) Kandinsky were known all over the world,” said museum director Yulia

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