A train dedicated to 20th century Russian art has been launched on the Circle Line of the Moscow Metro. It is the 20th branded train in the metro. Passengers can see copies of 78 pictures from the Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val aboard this train.
“By launching this train today we are opening the Intensiv XX joint project with the Tretyakov Gallery,” Moscow Metro Chief Dmitry Pegov said.
Each carriage of the new train describes one stage in the development of 20th century art. All works were divided into three periods: avant-garde, Soviet art and contemporary art. Fragments of paintings by Kazimir Malevich, Wassily Kandinsky, Yuri Pimenov, Erik Bulatov, Natalia Goncharova, Alexander Deineka and others are reproduced on the carriage walls.
Launching the branded train became the first step in implementing an educational project promoted by the Department for Transport and Road Infrastructure Development, the Moscow Metro and the Tretyakov Gallery. In addition, the entrance hall of the Park Kultury station on the Circle Line now features stand-in cutouts of fragments of paintings by 20th century artists, the escalators display billboards with interesting facts about 20th century art trends, and the space between the arches is filled with portraits of well-known artists.
According to Tretyakov Gallery General Director Zelfira Tregulova, passengers at the Park Kultury metro station immediately find themselves in an atmosphere of Russian avant-garde. In two months, the art of the 1930s-1950s will be on show there and then contemporary art.
“We are grateful to the administration and experts of the Tretyakov Gallery who were responsible for the information content of our joint project. It is indeed unique for the Moscow Metro and, by our estimates, for all underground systems in the world. I am convinced that when one of the best art galleries and one of the best underground systems join efforts, the result is unique in its scope and, what is important for passengers, its utility,” said Maxim Liksutov, Deputy Mayor and Head of the Department for Transport and Road Infrastructure Development.
He added that about two million passengers a month will see the information at the station and aboard the train. There are plans to change the pictures and billboards every two months.
Mr Liksutov also said that the metro infrastructure got a major upgrade this year. The year is ending with record-breaking figures: almost 110 kilometres of rails have been replaced, 53 escalators repaired and 216 new carriages delivered. In addition, by increasing the train traffic on the busiest lines, the metro gained 308,000 passenger seats and 23 million riders year on year.