The year of the 20th anniversary of the opening of the museum of Private Collections, one of The Pushkin Museum Fine Art departments, the museum continues to introduce the Russian audience to the most prominent collectors and their collections.

The museum's new exhibition provides a unique opportunity for the public to get acquainted with the collection of Maya and Anatoly Bekkerman, who focused on the works of Russian artists of the first half of the XX century.

Anatoly Bekkerman is a collector, an art dealer, and the owner of ABA Gallery, which has existed for more than 30 years in New York. Works from this collection have participated in many important art projects in our country, such as "Russian Futurism and David Burliuk" (2000) and "Russian Paris" (2001) at the State Russian Museum, "American Artists from the Russian Empire" (2008 -2009) at the State Russian Museum and the State Tretyakov gallery, "Time to collect" (2012) at the State Historical, Architectural, Art and Landscape Museum "Tsaritsyno" and the State Russian Museum. In 2013, works from the Bekkerman collection were also shown at exhibitions, which aroused great interest in the home country: "Fillip Malyavin" at the State Russian Museum and "Natalia Goncharova" at the State Tretyakov Gallery.

Bekkerman was one of the organizers of the show "The Art I've Lived With" from the collection of Mikhail Baryshnikov, which was successfully held from October 2013 to January 2014 at the Private Collections Department of the Pushkin Museum.

It is the first time that the collection of Maya and Anatoly Bekkerman goes on display as a separate project. The White Hall and the Colonnade of the museum's main building will present monographic works of the collection - "Lady with a Bouquet of Lilacs", 1922, by Konstantin Korovin, "Capri I", 1910-1911, by Boris Anisfeld, "Spanish Dancer," 1916, by Natalia Goncharova, "Fisherman with a Crab," 1922-1923, by Boris Grigoriev, "Wind," 1916, David Burliuk, and other art works.

A special section of the exhibition (Hall No. 20) will be dedicated to the works that used to be part of the Bekkermans' New York collection, and are now in museums and private collections in Moscow and St Petersburg. Those include works such as "Portrait of S.I. Mollo," 1917, by Boris Grigoriev, "Petersburg," 1912, by Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, "Palm Sunday in Red Square", 1917, by Boris Kustodiev, "Portrait of David Burliuk," 1923, by Nicholas Fechin of the State Russian Museum collection, and "Embankment of the Seine. Screen" 1930, by Natalia Goncharova from the collection of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, and other art works.

The exhibition of works from the collection of Maya and Anatoly Bekkerman will be a great discovery for the Russian audience, and will enrich our knowledge of both the works of individual artists and the history of art in general.

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Related images

  1. Boris Grigoriev, detail of "Man with a Bull", 1920
  2. Boris Grigoriev, Fisherman with a crab, 1923
  3. Piotr Konchalovsky, Crystall II, 1917