Fabergé Museum, St. Petersburg

Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg presents Modigliani, Soutine, and Other Legends of Montparnasse. This major exhibition opening on November 25, 2017 will unveil for the first time in Russia a unique collection of paintings by legendary artists of the School of Paris put together by their contemporary and patron Jonas Netter. Viewers will be able to see masterpieces by Amedeo Modigliani, Chaim Soutine, Maurice Utrillo, Moïse Kisling, Maurice de Vlaminck, Andre Derain, Suzanne Valadon, and other legendary masters of Montparnasse. Over 120 works on display are the finest pieces in Netter’s massive collection of art from the turn of the twentieth century through the 1930’s. With this exhibition, the museum continues its series of shows on the most famous and influential artists of the twentieth century. This will be the third major showing at Fabergé Museum in the last two years, following the hugely successful exhibitions of Salvador Dali (2017) and Frida Kahlo (2016).

Montparnasse district in Paris became the center of the city’s artistic and intellectual life shortly before the First World War and retained this unique atmosphere until the end of the interwar period. An integral element of Parisian life during this period was internationalism: artists, writers, politicians, and businessmen from all over the world gathered there and many ended up staying. For artists and poets who wanted to immerse themselves in the latest schools and trends in art, Montparnasse was a genuine place of pilgrimage: in the 1910s, the regulars in its many cafés were all leaders and ideologists of the European Modernist movement. Ilya Ehrenburg wrote about the famous café “de la Rotonde” located on the Montparnasse Boulevard: “Starting early in the morning, in the hot, stuffy, smoke-filled back room, at four or five tables sat Russians, Spaniards, Latin Americans, Scandinavians, people from all corners of the Earth, utterly destitute, wearing god-knows-what, starveling, where they talked about painting, recited poems, discussed ways they could get five francs, argued and reconciled. In the end, someone would inevitably get drunk and be ejected from the room.”  

The exhibition is organized by the The Link of Times Cultural-Historical Foundation and by Fabergé Museum. The curator of the exhibition, Marc Restellini, is an art historian and the world's leading expert on the body of works by Amedeo Modigliani.

The exhibition will run from November 25, 2017 to March 25, 2018. During the exhibition, the Fabergé Museum is open every day, with no holidays, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Fabergé Museum is located at 21 Fontanka Embankment, Saint Petersburg, Russia



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