The Masters of Modern Art from the Hermitage opened mid October last year at the Art Gallery of NSW. Works of art from well known European Modern Masters Monet, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso and Gauguin from the 19th and 20th century are featured along with equally well known Russian Contemporary artists Kandinsky and Malevich. The exhibition has brought 65 paintings straight from St Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum.
The Art Gallery of NSW invites families and carers to enjoy the Masters of Modern Art from the Hermitage exhibition together with a cute kids’ trail which covers 7 pieces of art which encourages children to draw portraits, landscapes, an abstract picture and think about writing a poem.
Significant works in the exhibition include Monet’s Poppy field c1890; Cézanne’s Great pine near Aix 1895/97; Picasso’s Table in a Cafe 1912; Gauguin’s Month of Mary 1899; Matisse’s Nymph and Satyr 1908; Kandinsky’s Landscape near Dünaberg 1913 and Malevich’s Black Square c.1932, all of which are from the Hermitage’s illustrious modern collection.
Kids are invited to look out for kids’ labels next to some of the art throughout the exhibition as they summarise the art piece and painters for children to understand.
Masters of modern art from the Hermitage also tells the story of the Russian collectors Sergey Shchukin and Ivan Morozov, both wealthy businessmen who first championed the ground-breaking works of the French modern masters, and brought their work together with great passion. Shchukin frequently opened his home to the public to showcase his French art collection and this played a significant role in shaping the birth of the Russian avant-garde. A special room in the exhibition showcases stories of Shchukin for the public to watch.
We particularly loved pieces from Pablo Picasso and Henri Manguin and Andre Derain and Matisse.
As well as works from Paul Signac, Gauguin and especially Kandinsky and Malewich.
We enjoyed the Masters of Modern Art from the Hermitage exhibition. It is great for school age kids who have an interest in art, the European modern masters and who enjoy spending time at the galleries. They will enjoy the cool kids trail too. Checkout the Art Gallery of NSW’s website before you head out to time your visit with the kids activities they organise.