22 March – middle of May 2012
St. Michael’s Castle
The exhibition devoted to the 150th birth anniversary of the eminent sculptor and teacher, the professor of the Emperor’s Academy of Art who on the border of the 19th and the 20th centuries was a dedicated continuer of realistic traditions and created a number of significant works in the sphere of monumental and indoor sculpture. Beklemishev received the fame and recognition for his monuments for the figures of Russian history and culture and for the portraits that are marked by the high skill of execution and by exactness and special conclusiveness in rendering of the model’s appearance and character. The exposition includes the works from the collections of the Russian Museum, the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Scientific-Research Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts, the State Central Museum of the Musical Culture named after M.Glinka, the National Pushkin Museum and the State Museum Reserve Pavlovsk.
Alongside with the portraits where the master commemorated his well-known contemporaries (A.Kuindzhi, A.Rizzoni, P.Suzor, I.Tsvetkov, M.Belyaev, M.Ippolitov-Ivanov, V.Fokina, V.Davydov and the others) for the first time there are presented the works devoted to religious hermits (St.Barbara, the Great Martyr; The Christian Woman of the First Ages) or to genre character images (Rural Love; How Fair, How Fresh Were the Roses…). The special section of the exhibition presents the photos of nowadays existing or lost monuments that are or were located in different towns of Russia and the portrait statues for the interiors of different voluntary organizations of St. Petersburg (among them there are the images of composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky, doctor D.Ott, scientist A.Veselovsky).
The exhibition is organized with the financial support of OJSC ROSNO