Opening of the exhibition “Man of Light. The 180th anniversary of V.D.Polenov”.

Dear friends,

We are thrilled to announce the official launch of the year 2024, marking the 180th anniversary of the birth of our beloved Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov. This year promises to be monumental, celebrated not only locally but across the vast expanse of Russia, from Moscow to the Russian Far East.

Kicking off this commemorative year is the grand retrospective titled “Man of Light: Honoring the 180th Anniversary of V.D. Polenov” at the Samara Art Museum. This historic exhibition brings together 76 canvases from 12 prestigious Russian museum collections, ranging from the iconic “Moskovsky Dvorik” from the State Tretyakov Gallery to “Christ and the Sinner” from the Irkutsk Art Museum, all converging in Samara.

During the exhibition’s opening ceremony, Natalia Polenova, Director of the Polenovo Museum, conveyed warm greetings from Igor Shchegolev, Head of the Museum’s Board of Trustees and Plenipotentiary Representative of the President in the Central Federal District. She remarked, “This exhibition stands as an important testament to art and culture, uniting museums across our vast nation and showcasing the breadth of the artist’s vision alongside the diversity of Russia’s regions. I am confident it will be a cultural highlight for the entire region.”

Alla Shakhmatova, Director of the Samara Art Museum, stressed the significance of such robust intermuseum collaboration, emphasizing the essential role of mutual trust and professional ties among museum professionals.

Sergey Brilyov, esteemed member of the Board of Trustees of the V.D. Polenov Museum, journalist, and TV anchor, reflected on Polenov’s enduring influence, stating, “Polenov’s work is ingrained in our collective consciousness, shaping our identity from a young age. Whether it’s the Moscow Courtyard, the Gospel narratives, or the landscapes of Central Russia, they are integral parts of our cultural DNA. It’s no wonder many of us are greeted with a smile as we enter this remarkable display.”

Let us come together to honor the legacy of Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov and celebrate the artistic richness of our nation throughout this momentous year.

Exhibition “Man of Light”, 15 March – 30 June 2024
Address:  Samara Art Museum, Kuibyshev street, 52, Samara, Russian Federation 

Photo: Vladislav Basov, 14 March 2024. Opening of the exhibition “Man of Light”