Open to tourists: Pilgrimage of Russian art to the Vatican

Pilgrimage of Russian Art. From Dionysius to Malevich


An exhibition event after two years is once again bringing two museum institutions together: the Tretyakov National Gallery in Moscow and the Vatican Museums.

Open to the public and tourists, the event has been arranged in Bernini’s Braccio di Carlo Magno in Saint Peter’s Square, “Pilgrimage of Russian Art. From Dionysius to Malevich” closes the cycle that was opened by the exhibition “Roma Aeterna” which from 2016 to 2017 was hosted in the Russian gallery with 42 works from the permanent collection of the Vatican Pinacoteca.

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At the time it was an exceptional loan without precedent, and today, in line with and continuing that successfully-launched dialogue, the Muscovite Gallery is responding with equal generosity by sending to the Vatican 54 works from the renowned Gallery and other Russian museums, many of which have never before left their usual locations.


The exhibition project is curated by Arkadi Ippolitov, Tatiana Udenkova, and Tatiana Samoilova, with the ambitious aim of presenting the cultural and spiritual message of Russian art in the heart of the western Christian world because, as confirmed also by the Director of the Vatican Museums, Barbara Jatta, “Beauty creates bridges, brings different cultures together, and makes us all brothers.”

“The successful artistic collaboration between the Vatican and Russia continues today with another exchange – a bridge, in fact – that will enable many visitors to the Vatican to appreciate great Russian painting spanning over six centuries.”


The promoters of the exhibition, aside from the Vatican Museums and the Tretyakov Gallery, are the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation with the generous support of Alisher Usmanov’s Art, Science and Sport Foundation.

The exhibition held at Bernini’s Braccio Carlo Magno in Saint Peter’s Square will close on February 16, 2019.