Curators-led media tour at the exhibition "Saved Sanctity"
The Deesis. End of the 17th century. Northern Russia. Wood, gesso, tempera. Collection of Nikolai Kormashov
On Friday, 19 July 2019, the Art Museum RIGA BOURSE invites media representatives to a talk with the organizers of the exhibition "Saved Sanctity. Icons from the Collection of Nikolai Kormashov".
The Art Museum RIGA BOURSE / Great Exhibition Hall (1st floor)
6 Doma laukums, Riga
Registration of participants:
“That which is not destined to perish, announces itself again and again, to attest to elusive spiritual beauty and the light of truth.” These words belong to Nikolai Kormashov (Николай Кормашов, 1929–2012), an Estonian artist and collector, who collected and restored a great collection of 15th – 20th century Russian icons during his lifetime.
More than 140 icons are available for viewing at the exhibition in the Art Museum RIGA BOURSE. Natalia Komashko (Наталья Комашко), the Head Researcher at the Central Andrey Rublev Museum of Ancient Russian Culture and Art (Центральный музей древнерусской культуры и искусства имени Андрея Рублёва) in Moscow, has described the collection as one of the most extensive and comprehensive private collections of its kind. A group of experts, led by her, has also carried out an attribution of the icons. The icons were mainly collected in three regions: in the upper reaches of the Northern Dvinsk in Arkhangelsk Oblast, the Kokshenga District in the Vologda Oblast – here the icons were obtained mainly from 1965 to 1978, and in Tailova Village in Pskov Oblast, where the collector’s family spent their summers from 1967 right up to 2017. In addition to these three places, there are, of course, icons from Murom where Nikolai Kormashov was born. He said: “Northern Russia always seemed to me like a lost continent, like Atlantis. It seemed that everything that was good in Russia, had been preserved right there.”
Andrei Kormashov and Orest Kormashov
EXHIBITION PROJECT MANAGER:
Vita Birzaka, LNMA / Art Museum RIGA BOURSE Exhibition Curator