On October 18th the exhibition “Grigor Auer (1882 - 1967). Return to Russia” was presented in our museum. This exhibition project will open a new name of talented artist Grigor Auer (Grigory Prokofiev) to the public.
All his life Auer praised the nature of Karelia and Ladoga, the beauty of forests and lakes, wonderful landscapes of France and Italy. The artist created a lot of artworks which were dedicated to Valaam and waterfall Kivach. In the beginning of the 1900s Ilya Repin and Stanislav Zhukovsky were the teachers of Grigor Auer. Later the painter studied at art school in Helsinki.
Grigor Auer is already unique, because he is the first professional artist who was born in a border Karelian town Pitkäranta. All art heritage of the painter has been saved in personal collections and in the museums of Finland. His paintings haven’t been exhibited earlier in Russia.
The art of Grigor Auer, the son of Karelia, will add new colors to the Karelian art history of the beginning of XX century. Karelian landscapes created in academic manner and photographs of different periods of artist’s life are presented in the halls of the museum.
The exhibition is open till November 17.
The curator of the exhibition – Irina Kuspak