Art Russe opens a spring exhibition of its collection at Beaulieu in the first dedicated Russian art gallery in the UK. Over 15 paintings and sculptures, including works by Igor Rubinski, Alexander Gerasimov, and Nicholai Fechin, will be on display in Palace House throughout the summer.

In July 2016, Lord Montagu and Art Russe have established a permanent showcase of Russian art at Beaulieu, one of the leading attractions in the south of England. The artworks are displayed at the newly renovated part of the late Lord Montagu’s private apartment in Palace House.

Anne Parsons, Projects Co-ordinator at Palace House, said: “The new spring exhibition includes diverse works of art ranging from A Feast Day Parade, which perfectly conveys the great power of human unity, to the beautiful perfection in oils of Nikolai Fechin’s Daisies, which was painted after his emigration from Russia to the United States and suggests the positive influence the sunshine had on his art in the 1930s.”

Art Russe founder Andrey Filatov said: “The permanent Russian art gallery at Beaulieu is one of Art Russe’s most significant projects aimed at popularizing Russian art. We hope that the public from the UK and other countries will appreciate the masterpieces of Russian paintings and sculptures, many of which have been in private collections and have not been shown in public for decades.”

The spring exhibition displays artworks from the late 19th century to the 1990s, a period which most fully reflects the main stages of development of the Russian school of art. The exhibition includes works by Alexey Belih (Spring in Volga, 1968), Semen Chuikov (Evening in Kirghizia, 1940), Joseph Stalin’s favourite artist Alexander Gerasimov (Peonies, 1931), Tatiana Kopnina (Girls, 1960), former locomotive building apprentice Vladimir Masic (Naïve Melodies, 1989), Peter Ossovski (The Church, 1981-89), Vladimir Stozharov (Shotova River, 1966) and Fedor Sychkov (Girl with the flowery shawl, 1933).

The spring exhibition is on display in a gallery space created in a wing of Palace House, which had previously been part of the late Edward, Lord Montagu’s private apartment. The Art Russe exhibition will be regularly updated with new collections of paintings and sculptures as the seasons change throughout the year.

Entrance to the gallery and the former private wing of Palace House is included in a general admission ticket to Beaulieu. A visit to Beaulieu includes entrance to the National Motor Museum and its collection of more than 250 vehicles, the World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, the 13th century Beaulieu Abbey and the stunning grounds and gardens.