The exhibition is devoted to the embodiment of image of Altai in the works of
Russian art of the 20th
edgeless steppes and full-flowing lakes, golden cornfields and blue necklaces of
the mountains of Altai had been the source of inspiration for the artists for a long
time. In each of the presented works the image of this land is comprehended as
the image of the world that is marked by the harmony between the Human being
and the World. The special place in exposition is devoted to the landscapes by the
native of Altai Grigory Gurkin (1890–1937) who was the student of Ivan Shishkin
in St. Petersburg Emperors Academy of Arts, and first professional artist who
praised this land.
In the works on show the traditional type of landscape painting gives an
opportunity to reflect the unique world view of the people of Altai that is
commemorated in his myths, tales and legends. Also there are presented the
works by the other Altai artists (Y. Korovai, A. Borisov, A.Nikulin, V. Karev,
N. Shulpinov) and the images of Altay that found their embodiment in the
creative oeuvre of the other artists (painters M. Kursin, A. Drevin, N. Udaltsova,
A.Eberling, water-colour artist P. Basmanov, sculptor D.Tzaplin).
The exposition includes about 33 paintings, graphic works and sculptures from the
State Art Museum of Altai Region collection.
century. The magnificent forests and powerful rivers,