Turner's retrospective show opened in the State Museum of Fine Arts

W. Turner. Abingdon. 1806. Oil on canvas. Tate Britain Gallery, London

On November 17, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts launched the exhibition Turner. 1775−1851. Visitors have an opportunity to see 40 pictures, 70 water colours and two engravings by the great English artist, the greatest representative of English romantic landscape from the collection of Tate Gallery. Turner’s works were exhibited in Russia more than 20 years ago for the last time. The present exhibition became the most expensive project of the museum and was organized under financial support of Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov.

All the works belonged to William Turner who bequeathed his collection to the state. Later these works were in funds of London Tate Gallery. Along with less famous water colours the exhibition represents world famous pictorial masterpieces such as The Snow Storm. The Steamship Leaving Harbour and Norhem Castle at Dawn. It is necessary to notice that Turner is among few West European artists whose creativity is not presented in Russian museums. The opening of the exposition was held under the assistance of the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Alexander Avdeev who recollected the exhibition organized in London From Russia: Masterpieces of French and Russian Painting of 1870−1925 and expressed his hope for further consolidation of cultural relations between Great Britain and Russia. The ambassador of Great Britain in Russia Ann Pringl, director of Tate Gallery Sir Nicolas Serota and the director of Tate Britain Stephen Dukar participated in the opening.

The exhibition is opened till February 15, 2009 and will be supplemented with a wide educational program in the frameworks of which performances, lectures and seminars with the assistance of leading experts of Great Britain and Russia will be held.

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