COMO – Some years ago, perhaps two years ago I went to see an exhibition of Magritte and I think I will go again this year. I have always been interested in the Russian avant-gardes and it’s always nice to go to Lake Como, especially in the spring when all the gardens are colourfully flowered. I suggest whoever arrives at Como by train like me, to go to Villa Olmo on foot, it’s rather long but it is very pleasant!

The exhibition will take place at Villa Olmo from 4th April to 26th July tracing the great period of Russian avant-garde art from the beginning of the twentieth century to the early 1930s, with masterpieces by Vassily Kandinsky, Marc Chagall, Kazimir Malevic and Pavel Filonov.

I know well Kandinsky and Chagall, but I don’t know who the last two are, it will be a good occasion to get to know them! There will be eighty works in total including oil paintings, tempera works and drawings from leading Russian museums, among them the National Museum of Saint Petersburg. Besides the most import works of these artists, you can also see the detailed reconstruction of Marc Chagall’s room at Vitebsk, the artist’s native city, with all its furniture and furnishings. It is the room where the painter lived and worked.

Because of the recent economic crisis, the exhibition was thought to be given a miss, but luckily the Como’s mare decided he did not want to give it up. And it would have been a greaty pity if that had happened considering the successful exhibitions of the past years : more than 400,000 visitors over five years of exhibitions!

Information about the exhibition:
Masters of the Russian Avant-garde

4th April – 26th July 2009
Como, Villa Olmo Via Simone Cantoni 1 (see map)
Tel: +39 031574240
Opening hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9.00am-8.00pm
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9.00am-10.00pm
Closed on Monday
Admission: Full price: 9 €
Concession: 7 € – up to 18 years and students up to 26, over 65; groups (min.20 people – free entry for leader)
School concession: 5 € – school groups (min. 20 people – free entry for two leaders)
Free entry: children up to 6 years, disabled with leader