Russian impressionist art in Moscow

ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: A museum of Russian impressionist art opened in Moscow on Thursday (May 26) featuring some of the roughly two hundred works in the private collection of businessman Boris Mints. Mints says he wants to turn Moscow into a destination for art lovers. "People go to Paris or to London to go to museums, and here they usually come with other interests and visit museums on the sidelines. Our aim is to make people come to Russia to go to museums, look at Russian art, and try to understand it and grasp it," said Mints. An installation by artist Jean-Christophe Couet called 'Breathing Canvas' is a central feature at the museum. A series of screens show the layering of brush strokes on the canvas, giving an impression of how the final piece comes together. The museum has found a home in a building that was originally an old Soviet storage silo, meaning it is round. Architects lead by project manager Aidan Potter made the gallery the centrepiece of a larger business park development on the site of an old Moscow chocolate factory. The permanent collection is dedicated to the development of Russian impressionism over a century since 1870's. It consists of more than seventy artworks of Russian artists including Nikolai Dubovskoy, Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky, Pyotr Konchalovsky and Nikolai Gorlov.

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