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Special Project at XXXV Russian Antique Salon:
“LESSER DUTCHMEN” Dutch painting of the 17th century from the private collections of Moscow. The curator of a special project - Vadim Sadkov.
The exposition of Dutch paintings of the 17th century from private collections as a non-profit project in the halls of the CHA at the traditional autumn Russian Antique Salon is by no means accidental. And not just because it is timed to the activities of the Year of the Netherlands in Russia and Russia in the Netherlands, but, above all, because it is a unique opportunity to show to a wide Moscow audience the first-class museum-quality art material, which is scattered over several houses and private collectors and thus hardly accessible even for experts. Besides, the exhibition includes a number of works, never published in literature and never exhibited in Russia. On the other hand, the exhibition also presents a number of works from the large-scale project “Portraits of collectors. Russian and West-European art from the private collections of Moscow”, exhibited in the halls of Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in spring of 2012.
But, as is already evident from its name, the task of the mentioned exhibition was to show the unique appearance of individual private collections and the tastes of their owners; in this regard, paintings by Dutch artists were scattered in different halls among the works of masters of other national schools and chronological periods of art history. While our goal is to show within a relatively small exposition the peculiarities of perception of the world, a variety of genres and stylistic features of works by Dutch painters of the 17th century, which has long been rightly called the “golden age” of the artistic culture of the Netherlands.
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