Since the 1980s, the Russian Museum has gratefully acknowledged the contribution of donors in new acquisitions exhibitions, annual reports and publications. However, the museum has never shown to the viewers the artworks donated from the moment of its foundation till the end of the twentieth century.
To mark the 125th anniversary of the Russian Museum, such an exhibition is shown in all of its palaces, bringing together items of different epochs and donors, including the imperial family (Alexander III, Nicholas II, Grand Dukes), famous patrons of the arts (M. K. Tenisheva, D. N. Tolstoy, V. N. Argutinsky-Dolgorukov and many others), artists (I. E. Repin, V. A. Serov, I. I. Shishkin and others).
We are pleased to announce that the works «Garden of Malevich» (1992) by Elena Gubanova, Ivan Govorkov, Alexey Kostroma and «Acrobatic Sketch» (2012) by Victoria Ilyushkina and Maria Popova became part of the exposition in the Marble Palace.
The Marble Palace exhibition includes works of 1960-1980s, the authors of which, as a rule, worked in the direction oppositional to official Soviet art. A significant section of the exhibition introduces masterpieces of Russian contemporary art of the late XX — early XXI century. These works reflect the nature of the Russian Museum contemporary art collection and give an idea of the principles of its formation. Most of the works, donated in recent years, are shown for the first time.