Ex mea collectione… Isaac Brodsky

11:00 — 18:00
Scientific-Research Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts 17 Universitetskaya emb., St. Petersburg

The exhibition will take place for three days during the Forum. Day 2. The exhibition entitled "Ex mea collectione… Isaak Brodsky" is dedicated to the 135th birthday of artist, teacher and collector Isaak Izrailevich Brodsky. 

Isaak Izrailevich Brodsky is a Russian and Soviet graphic artist and painter, teacher and organizer of art education, distinguished worker of the arts of the RSFSR, one of the main representatives of the realism school of the 1930s. 

Brodsky was one of the favorite students of Ilya Efimovich Repin, and his teacher had a considerable influence on his artistic taste and style. It was under his influence that while still a student at the Academy of Arts Brodsky began collecting works of art after Repin gifted him several of his sketches. The main part of Brodsky's collection was formed after the Revolution. Later, he transferred more than 500 works of art by Russian painters from his collection to various museums of the Soviet Union in Berdyansk, Dnipopetrovsk and Odessa. 

In the 1930s, when the only acceptable art method in Russian art was socialist realism, Brodsky tried to support every talent that he saw emerge beyond the boundaries of this school. His apartment became one of the few places where one could see works by avant-garde artists: Boris Grigoryev, Aleksandr Yakovlev, and Mark Shagal. 

After he purchased that or other work of art, Brodsky would put up the work on his easel and invite artist friends to share their impressions and ideas about the new collection piece.

He had always dreamed of setting up a museum where he could present his entire collection. According to his will, Brodsky's family transferred the collection to the city, and it was thereafter managed by the Academy of Arts. An order was issued to establish a new museum in the artist's apartment and his studio, and the museum opened its doors to visitors in 1949. 

Today Isaak Brodsky's collection is the second largest collection of Russian art of the 18th–20th centuries in Saint Petersburg after the collection of the Russian Museum. It includes works by I. K. Ayvazovsky, A. E. Arkhipov, V.  L. Borovikovsky, A. Y. Golovin, N. N. Dubovsky, K. A. Korovin, B. M. Kustodiev, I.  I. Levitan, K. E. Makovsky, F. A. Malyavin, V. S. Polenov, I.  E. Repin, V. A. Serov, K. A. Somov, I. V. Surikov, M. Z. Shagal and many others. 

To celebrate the anniversary, the staff of the Brodsky Memorial Apartment will, for the first time ever, move the collection of I.  I.  Brodsky to be exhibited in the main rooms of the Research and Development Institute of the Russian Academy of Arts. 

The exhibition will present Brodsky as not only an artist but also one of the greatest collectors of our country.