The exhibition “Schukin. Biography collection" will open in Moscow on June 18, and theexhibition "Great Russian collectors. Brothers Morozov”- in St. Petersburg on June 20. Then both museums will exchange exhibitions. And in 2020, Morozov’s collection is expected in Paris at the Louis Vuitton Foundation, following the Shchukin collection, the display of which was a record attendance in the world in 2017.
Marina Loshak told that the project “Schukin. Biography of the collection ”, which the museum staff worked on, is “only a signal to talk about the entire Moscow gathering tradition”. The conversation will be conducted on the example of Sergei Schukin and his brothers, each of whom was engaged in collecting. According to her, the Hermitage staff, who in parallel created an exhibition on Ivan Morozov, without speaking with the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, also realized that the project needed to tell about the collector’s family. So the exhibition “Great Russian collectors. The Morozov Brothers ”will be dedicated to the collection of Ivan and his lesser-known brother Michael, whose collection of Western art was first transferred to the Tretyakov Gallery, then turned up at the State Museum of New Western Art and, finally, was divided between the Hermitage and the Pushkin Museum.
The head of the Hermitage, Mikhail Piotrovsky, stressed that the exhibitions are still not the same in terms of the approach and the project about the Morozov brothers created by St. Petersburgers will not be so large-scale - it will be more compact and focus mainly on masterpieces. But at this exhibition there will be many surprises and “museum games”, roll calls. “We make a memory wreath to collectors. The collections of Shchukin and Morozov are very different, and I am very glad that we have finally separated them, ”said Piotrovsky.
He also noticed that at these exhibitions the Petersburg and Moscow parts of the Shchukin and Morozov meetings will reunite, probably for the last time, since the paintings are very fragile and some of them will no longer leave the walls of museums due to poor preservation in the foreseeable future.