The Tatarstan State Museum of Fine Arts is in the possession of a modest collection Dutch and Flemish paintings, amongst which a couple of interesting pieces. Kazan has been visited after an earlier trip to the city by a Dutch cultural attaché in Moscow in 2002. This was however too small a visit for a fruitful continuation.
In 2012 however, the contact was renewed and plans were made for the ‘Year of Friendship: The Netherlands – Russia 2013’.
The exhibition ‘Marius Bauer, (1867-1932) Dutch oriëntalist Back in Russia’ was held in two locations, the second of which was The Museum of Fine Arts in Kazan. The Kazan Museum proved to be a fine location to show this artists work. The museum has an important collection of oriental objects, which gave the works of Bauer an entirely different arrangement to be fully appreciated. This exhibition was held from September 23 to December 9, 2013. The curator responsible for the project was Bernard Vermet, SCI.
The exhibition was a great success. The Russian press, including tvKultura have paid ample attention to this special exhibition ‘in which Russia is seen through the eyes of a foreigner’. Especially the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II in 1896 and the accompanying entourage were an important part of the exhibition, which was the reason for the event to be held in the Netherlands – Russia Year.
- Nederlandse Ambassade Te Moskou