Ilya Repin Retrospective at New Tretyakov

If you are interested in Russian history and art, don’t miss this year’s most anticipated exhibition in Moscow. Ilya Repin (1844–1930) comprehensively portrayed the country’s life from the early 1870s to the end of the 1920s. His paintings also include stories from earlier Russian history and folklore.

Ilya Repin Retrospective at New Tretyakov

© Maria Nikitina

The exhibition, on three floors at the New Tretyakov Gallery, includes more than 180 paintings and more than 130 graphic works. In addition to paintings familiar to every Russian from their school days (Barge Haulers on the Volga, Unexpected Return, Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire), the exhibition also features less known artworks from remote museums throughout Russia. The exhibition includes works from 26 Russian and foreign museums, as well as from private collections. The highlight of the exhibition is a huge (400 х 877 cm) canvas, Ceremonial Sitting of the State Council on 7 May, 1901, from the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg.

According to Ilya Repin’s contemporaries, his artwork had the same impression on an audience as cinema has today. His active, bright and dynamic characters look really cinematographic, and in many cases document his times, although he portrayed not only living people, such as Leo Tolstoy and Emperor Alexander III, but also Alexander Pushkin and other historic figures.

Dates: March 16 – August 18, 2019

Opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday: 10 am – 8 pm (last admission 5 pm); Thursday – Sunday: 10 am – 9 pm (last admission 8 pm); closed on Mondays.

Address: New Tretyakov, 10 Krymsky Val

Tickets: Only available online! The nearest dates are already sold out, but some are available for further ahead. Price: RUB 600, students RUB 300.