On 7 December 2006 an exhibition was opened in the State Russian Museum (The Benois Wing) "Mikhail Vrubel. From the Russian Museum collection".
This global project is dedicated to Mikhail Vrubel's 150th anniversary, one of most brilliant Russian artists of the second half of the XIX - beginning of the ХХ century.
The collection of the State Russian Museum comprises 250 Vrubel's works (1856-1910). Alongside the world famous pictures, the exhibition includes rarely exhibited works belonging to the Petersburg period of Vrubel' life, when he was a student of the Academy of Arts. The anniversary exhibition shows Vrubel's anatomic studies, watercolor costume designs, works of his academic period, as well as Italian Fisher (1884-85), Venice. Decorative panel (1893), Lady in a Violet Dress (1901), Princess Volkhova (1898), Portrait of Savva Vrubel, the artist's son (1902), Portrait of Valentina Usoltseva (1905), Six-Winged Seraph (1904), Portrait of N. Zabela - Vrubel on the Edge of a Birch Grove (1904) and the artist's last work - the Vision of the Prophet Ezekiel (1906).
The famous Vol'ga and Mikula fireplace (1899-1900), created for the World's Fair of 1900 in Paris, was reassembled of 130 fragments especially for the exhibition.
It is not the first time VTB has cooperated with the Russian Museum. They have maintained close partnership relations for the last several years.
In January - March of 2004 the Bank financed the exhibition of Boris Kustodiyev dedicated to the 125th anniversary of the artist.
In June - July of the same year due to generous support of VTB the Mavrina exhibition, was held in commemoration of Tatiana Mavrina an outstanding artist of the first half of the ХХ century, working in the traditions of Russian folk art.
In the current year VTB and the Russian Museum signed a strategic partnership agreement. Within the framework of the agreement the Bank will finance the installment of security system and special equipment for renovated Open Sculpture Fund in the St Michael's (Engineers) Castle, the Centre of Graphic Art and the Centre of Numismatics.
VTB potential built on the long-term services to cultural enterprises and also its active participation in charity work and sponsorship will facilitate this Agreement implementation.