French Art of the 20th Century. Pierre Bonnard
and Maurice Denis. Exhibition in the Rooms of the General Staff Building
On September 7 1999, the State Hermitage Museum opened its first exhibition
in the General Staff Building, a new building of the Museum complex. This
exhibition is the first of the series The Gallery of Ivan Morozov and
Sergei Shchukin which houses the eastern wing of the General Staff Building.
The series is called so in honour of great Russian collectors Ivan Morozov
and Sergei Shchukin - items from their collections are now part of the
Hermitage Museum collection. Amongst the works on show are paintings by
two artists of the Nabi group -- By the Mediterranean Sea by Pierre
Bonnard and Amour and Psyche by Maurice Denis. On account of their
large size, these paintings were on display only on temporary exhibitions.
At the photo (from the left): Director of the Hermitage
Mikhail Piotrovsky and governor of
St Petersburg Vladimir Yakovlev at the opening ceremony of the exhibition.