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The largest collection of French Impressionists will be brought together in Moscow and St. Petersburg

The Hermitage Museum and Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts will exchange the collections of Shukin and Morozov in 2019. The collection by Shukin and Morozov, which is divided between two museums will be combined during the temporary exhibitions, and later, in 2020, the "Morozov collection" will be brought to Paris, to the Louis Vuitton Fund.

The exhibitions, dedicated to the collections of Sergey Shukin and Ivan Morozov and the members of their families will be held in the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and the State Hermitage Museum.

In the Hermitage, the exhibition "Morozov collection" will be held in the Grand Enfilade of the General Staff building from May till September 2019, and from October to January 2019, it will be swapped with "Shchukin collection".

Such an exchange of the masterpieces is unique and has not happened for a long time. The collections of Shukin and Morozov has not been brought together since deconsolidation of the State Museum of the New Western Art in 1948th. There, after the nationalization, the paintings of Vincent van Gogh, Anri Matisse and Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Pier Ogyust Renoir and others were collected.

The project "Shukin. Saga" will be held in the main building of Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, from June till September 2019. The organizers are planning to allocate the collection in the 11 exhibition halls. The main part of the unique collection of Sergey Shukin, which is now separated between two museums — the Pushkin Museum in Moscow and the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, and the recently restored fascinating collections by Peter, Ivan, and Dmitriy Shchukin will be brought together. For the first time, the exhibition will unite such different and powerful collections of the brothers".

The fourth exhibition, dedicated to Morozov, according to the information of The Art Newspaper Russia, will finalize an art exchange between the Hermitage and Pushkin Museums.

In Autumn 2020, after the exhibitions in Russia, the "Morozov collection" will be brought to Paris to the Louis Vuitton Fund, where the "Shukin collection" has been already exhibited in 2017. Earlier, the collection "Icons of Modern Art: The Shchukin Collection" has become an unconditional success and has been showcased to 1.2 million people.

The complete collection of the Shukin and Morozov can hardly be seen at once anywhere in real life. Though such exhibition exists in the digital form. In 2013, the president of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Irina Antonova (the director of the Museum at that time) has addressed the head of the state Vladimir Putin with the proposal to unite two collections, but in Moscow. This initiative has induced the severe debates in the Museum society and finally has materialized into the project of the virtual NeWestMuseum, where both collections are presented in the digital form. These masterpieces can always be seen online at the www.newestmuseum.ru.

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