11 March 2022 Penza

Sergey Pavlovich Diaghilev - the unknown side of life

V.A.Gusev's film "Diaghilev. Beginning" introduces the senior audience of the virtual branch of the Russian Museum on the basis of the V.E. Tatlin Children's Art School No. 1 in Penza to the unknown side of Diaghilev's life, which is inextricably linked with the history of Russian art and the result of which was a large-scale portrait exhibition in 1905 in the Tauride Palace. 
It was a historical and artistic exhibition of Russian portraits at the Tauride Palace in St. Petersburg. Not limited to works from the capital's palaces and museums, Diaghilev toured the province, revealing a total of about 4,000 portraits. The exhibition exhibited more than 2,300 works, from parsuns to Repin's "State Council Meeting", a breakthrough in history took place: two centuries of Russian fine art, two centuries of the country's history and an impressive collective portrait of the nation – that's what Diaghilev showed to the stunned viewers of the Tauride exhibition. A significant part of the exhibits was collected by him personally – on estates and in noble families living in the outback. Having grown up in the family estate, Diaghilev knew well what treasures could gather dust in decaying "noble nests", and now he traveled around the country himself, searching and choosing; these portraits of ancestors, taken from the walls in seventy-two family estates, mostly appeared before the general public for the first time. Diaghilev tried not just to promote Russian culture, but also to promote its development, to acquaint the world with Russia.

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