National Center for Contemporary Art
Moscow Museum of Modern Art
The city of Nantes
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes
New Art Foundation 

With the support of: 
Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Department of culture of the city of Moscow, The Embassy of France in the Russian Federation.

Portrait/Landscape: Genre boundaries
From the collection of the Musée des Beaux-Arts (Museum of Fine Arts), Nantes, France
Portrait de jeune garçon
© RMN -Photographie : G. BLOT
Portrait de Сharles-Etienne de Bourgevin de Vialart
© RMN -Photographie : G. BLOT
© RMN -Photographie : G. BLOT
© RMN -Photographie : G. BLOT
August 24 - October 21, 2012
Venue: Moscow Museum of Modern Art, 25, Petrovka str., build. 1



Moscow Museum of Modern Art, 25 Petrovka Str., bldg. 1
National Center for Contemporary Art, 13 Zoologicheskaya Str., bldg. 2. 

Nizhny Novgorod State Art Museum, Volga branch of the National Center for Contemporary Art

Dates: June 2 - August 12.

Project directors: Blandine Chavannes, Mikhail Mindlin 

Curators: Anna Gor, Mikhail Mindlin, Irina Gorlova, Elena Belova, Adeline Collange, Alice Fleury, curators of the classical and modern art collections of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nantes.

A presentation of works by:

Landscape/Moscow Museum of Modern Art, 25, Petrovka Str. 1: Jean-Jacques de Boissieu, Gilbert and George, David Goldblatt, Tony Grant, Joan Jonas, Isaac Julien, Blaise Drummond, Raoul Dufy, Fabrice Hybert, Jean Claerbout, David Claerbout, Michel Lasserre and Paola Yacoub, Paul Madlin, Joan Mitchell, Jean-Luc Moulene, Tanya Muro, Anri Sala, Herman van Swanevelt, Paul Sérusier, Gérard Titus-Carmel, Öyvind Fahlström, Eric Fontenot, Efrat Shvily, Pierre Huyghe

Portrait/National Center for Contemporary Art, 13 Zoologicheskaya Str., Bldg. 2: Marina Abramovich, Vito Acconci, John Baldessari, Joseph-Marie Vien, Douglas Gordon, Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Claude-Marie Dubufe, Ange Leccia, Pablo Picasso, James Reilly, Yvonne Rainer, Marcial Reis, Sophy Rickett, Gerhard Richter, Claude Ryuto, Jana Sterbak, Tintoretto, Rosemarie Trockel, Luc Tuymans, Robert Filho, Eva Hesse, Craigie Horsfield, Alighiero Boetti

The exhibition gives viewers a unique opportunity to follow the transformation of portrait and landscape art from the 16th century to the modern age through works from the magnificent collection of the Musée des Beaux-Arts (Museum of Fine Arts) in Nantes, France.

The Museum’s history began in September 1801 when the government issued a decree authorizing the creation of 15 museums in a number of French cities. The «Chaptal Decree» delivered «treasures won from the enemies of the Republic» to these museums. Since 1838 the museum has adhered to the policy defined by a decision of the City Council, which was above all to acquire works by modern masters (of the respective periods). For example, the Museum’s collection includes more than 2,000 works created from 1950 to 2010.

The goal of the exhibition is to show the transformation that traditional genres like portrait and landscape art have undergone by discovering their «traces» in the art of the latter third of the 20th century and the early 21st century. Both works of classical art and works of the first half of the 20th century that shattered the entrenched conceptual and compositional formulas of portrait and landscape art were chosen as starting points and reference models.

The exhibition consists of two independent shows that at the same time are inseparable from one another. The history of the portrait genre began with works of the 16th century, while that of the landscape genre began with the classical landscapes of the 17th century.

Works of old masters include portraits by Tintoretto and Jean-Baptiste Greuze, and landscapes by Jean-Jacques de Boissieu, Herman van Swanevelt, Paul Sérusier, Raoul Dufy, and others. The exhibits consists mainly of paintings, graphic art, photographs and video installations of contemporary artists, including Vito Acconci, Marina Abramovich, Gerhard Richter, Marcial Reis, Gilbert and George, John Baldessari, Douglas Gordon, Fabrice Hybert, Rosemarie Trockel, Pierre Huyghe, and Anri Sala, among others.

The exhibition is organized with the support of Rosbank, part of international financial group Societe Generale. The main direction of Rosbank sponsorship policy is associated with contemporary art. For many years, Sociate Generale pays great attention to this area. This interest is reflected in the creation of its own collection. 

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