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Museum collections


Today Russian art is represented by paintings, graphics and sculptures (over 600 exhibits). A large part of the collection came in the early 1960s from the Hermitage, Russian Museum, Tretyakov Gallery and private collections.

ANCIENT RUSSIAN ART (icon painting) 15-19 centuries

The gem of the museum is the icon collection containing 2500 exhibits.

Nearly all the icons were collected on the territory of modern Karelia reflecting the development of icon painting in two historic regions of the Russian North – Obonezhie and Western Pomorie. Originality and uniqueness of this collection is in the fact that the art pieces presented here reveal the spiritual world, religious beliefs and artistic ideals of the northern, prevailingly peasant Rus.




DECORATIVE AND APPLIED ART OF KARELIA OF19-20 CENTURIES

The collection of folk art counts over 2000 works. It includes collections of costumes, embroidery, weaving, wood carving and painting, birch bark, copper and ceramic items belonging to 19 – first half of 20 century also including the works of modern craftsmen.



RUSSIAN ART OF EARLY 18-20 CENTURIES

Today Russian art is represented by paintings, graphics and sculptures (over 600 exhibits). A large part of the collection came in the early 1960s from the Hermitage, Russian Museum, Tretyakov Gallery and private collections.






RUSSIAN ART OF 20 CENTURY

The Museum possesses a most valuable collection of Russian art of the 20th century. It counts about four thousand works created by artists from Moscow, St. Petersburg (Leningrad) and other artistic centers of the country.



KARELIAN ART OF 20 CENTURY

The collection of fine arts of Karelia of 20 century has about 3 thousand works and includes paintings, sculptures and graphic works, decorative and applied art, as well as theater decorative art. It reflects the historic way of development of fine arts of Karelia.  The Fine Arts Museum of Karelia has collected and scientifically researched unique collections that provide understanding of the national and artistic traditions of the region.

The collection “Karelo-Finnish Epic Poem Kalevala in the Art of Karelian, Russian and Foreign Artists”

The collection “Karelo-Finnish Epic Poem Kalevala in the Art of Karelian, Russian and Foreign Artists”

The Fine Arts Museum contains a unique collection of art works on the theme of the Karelo-Finnish epic poem “Kalevala”. At present, it counts about 700 exhibits. Its main part is made up by the book and easel graphic works executed by the artists from Karelia, St. Petersburg and Moscow.
Especially valuable are the drawings by M.P. Tsybasov and A.I. Poret - members of the artistic union “Masters of Analytical Art” headed by Pavel Filonov. Under his direct guidance, these artists participated in illustrating the first edition of “Kalevala” in our country («Academia» Publishers, 1933).




WESTERN EUROPEAN ART

The collection of foreign artists’ works started to form in 1960.

The painting section is represented by 50 works of the Dutch, Venetian, German, French, Finnish and other schools of painting of 16 – 20 centuries. One of the most precious works of painting is the picture “Susanna and Startsy” attributed in 2002 to a Dutch painter from the workshop of Michiel Coxcie (16 century). Some time ago it used to “decorate the hallways of the Empress Maria Fedorovna”, then the Gatchina Palace, from 1931 it was kept in the Hermitage, and in 1961 it was given to the Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Karelia. The largest painting in the Museum collection  - “Marriage in Cana” by an unknown Venetian painter of 17 century on the plot from the New Testament about the marriage of Josef and Maria in Cana of Galilee.