Moscow: 1919. Item #673
16 pp. 17x12 cm. Without covers as issued. Fine, pencil notes on the last page.
Very rare. This catalogue was published for the 2nd exhibition held by the Moscow repository of contemporary art which was held in 1919 in Moscow in the former K. Lemercier Art Gallery, where 413 works were exhibited and 58 artists participated. Among the exhibitors were N.A. Andreev, V.S. Bart, L.S. Basenko, N.S. Bom-Grigorieva, S.V. Gerasimov, Goslavsky P.P., Grigoriev N., Dmitriev A., Dobrov M.A., I. Zakharov, E.A. Katsman, N.V. Krandievskaya, Kuznetsov N.E., M.V. Leblan, I.A. Mendelevich, etc.
The catalogue includes list of works organized by artists’ names in alphabetical order. In a short introduction is described the work of the Repository and goals of this exhibition (to help artists).
In 1918–1922, the Commission for the Protection of Monuments of Mossovet organized fourteen Proletarian museums. Some of them were created on the basis of private collections in the mansions of the former owners, in others the expositions periodically changed and were composed of works concentrated in a specially organized repository in Yakovlevsky lane. The first museum was opened on November 7, 1918. It was located in the former mansion of O.I. Leuva on Bolshaya Dmitrovka, 24. The library and museum funds were also placed there, and the original storage of requisitioned treasures in Yakovlevsky Lane was taken by the new institution - the Moscow repository of contemporary art, which saved many artists and collectors of creative work, and the old wooden houses were dismantled for firewood, and mansions and apartments in tenement houses ‘condensed’ new tenants. There were works of artists who left Russia (part of the works of M.F. Larionov, N.S. Goncharova, and others), as well as those who were missing or died during the First World War. To help the artists in 1919, the Commission began to organize exhibitions and sales of paintings from this repository.
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