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In the Saratov Museum told about the preparation for the celebration of its 135 th anniversary

Saratov state art Museum named after Radishchev will combine the celebration of its 135th anniversary with the 150-year anniversary of the outstanding Russian artist Victor Borisov-Musatov, an exhibition of his paintings will be a key event of the celebrations, told RIA Novosti the General Director of the institution Ludmila Kalinina.

Art Museum named after Radishchev is among the oldest museums of Russia and is the first public Museum in the province. The Museum was opened in Saratov on June 29, 1885 by the Russian landscape artist Alexei Bogolyubov, who named it in honor of his grandfather - the author of the book "Journey from St. Petersburg to Moscow" by Alexander Radishchev. The Museum has postponed the celebration of the anniversary of September due to the restrictive measures related to the threat of the spread of coronavirus.

"We wanted to combine the birthday (of the Museum) with the anniversary of the great Russian artist, our countryman Viktor Borisov-Musatov, who in April celebrated 150 years. We were going on 29 June, the birthday of the Museum Radischevskaya, which undoubtedly influenced this artist, to focus on Borisov-Musatov in", - said the Agency interlocutor.

"We prepared a large exhibition project and were collected by museums in Russia - in regional, Metropolitan museums - the works stored in the collections. Borisov-Musatov lived a very short life of just 35 years... since he was little he lived, and his work as do not have time to focus somewhere in one place and distributed to different museums," she said.

Kalinina explained that despite all the difficulties, managed to assemble this exhibition of works by Borisov-Musatov from the collections of the Tretyakov gallery, Russian Museum and eight other museums in Russia, but because of the pandemic, its discovery has failed. "Nevertheless went forward, agreed to be deferred to September. Therefore, the key event will be the exhibition", she said.

According to her, the Radischev Museum was closed to visitors due to the threat of the spread of coronavirus in two days prior to the opening of two exhibitions, one of which - "Russian noble portrait of the XVIII-XIX centuries" from the collection of the State historical Museum.

"It's such a miniature history of Russian portraiture, ranging from the eighteenth century to the early twentieth, from Antropov, Argunov to Serov. Plus it is still very good artists, our great portrait painters and Borovikovsky and Levitsky, and Rokotov, is not very widely known, but also classics of Russian portrait painting of the estates of famous Russian surnames, for example, Orlov... is Itself a history of the collections, the level of painting and all this together is, of course, a terrific exhibition, but it is, unfortunately, no one saw, except for employees of the Museum," - said Kalinin.

She noted that the exhibition was supposed to end in early July, but the Historical Museum went forward, and the exposition will be represented since 6 September.

"This exhibition was for the anniversary. To celebrate she also had a role to play, because we have a tradition - we always do the birthday of the Museum stock one at the exhibition, we show what nobody has ever seen, in particular, now such a gift to our visitors waiting, and be sure to invite this day, some large Museum with an interesting collection. Always this day is a symbolic gift to another Museum," - said the Agency interlocutor.

According to her, in addition, the Museum from their collections has prepared two exhibitions that also no one has seen, one of them dedicated to Emperor Alexander III, the 175th anniversary of which was marked this year. She stressed that the Emperor was a patron of the Museum, because he supported Andrei Bogolyubov in the creation of this institution and awarding him the name Radischev.

"Dozens of works from the Hermitage at the behest of Alexander III in Radischev Museum was transferred. We made this exhibition "Alexander III and the Radischev Museum", which presented something of the gifts of Alexander III", - said Kalinin.

She explained that many of the pictures passed at the behest of the Emperor of Hermitage, meet me in the main exhibition Radischevskaya Museum, and the exhibition of applied art - a rare thing, in particular, almost all the collections of the coronation of Russian emperors, including Alexander III. "There are a lot of interesting things that are considered rarities", she said.

As explained to RIA Novosti head of the Department for the development of the Museum Maria Shpak, also in the framework of the anniversary of the Radishchev Museum in September will open the exhibition "Blue rose", which will be presented picturesque and graphic works of artists of the early XX century Association "Blue rose" from the private collection of Moscow collector Valery Dudakov, as well as host regional inclusive festival of creativity of children with different social and physical abilities "touching the rainbow".

The collection Radischevskaya Museum consists of about 35 thousand units of storage. These are the icons of XV–XX centuries, printed books, and paintings by Repin, Polenov, Savrasov, Shishkin, Kuindzhi, Surikov, Levitan, Serov, Korovin, Vrubel, Tropinin, Kiprensky, Brullov, Rokotov, Levitsky, Borovikovsky, Borisov-Musatov and Petrov-Vodkin. The Museum owns a remarkable collection of European art, from the Pompeian frescos and antique sculptures to paintings by artists "Barbizon school". The halls are works of the masters of France, Germany, Spain and England.