MOSCOW, March 14. /TASS/. The Tretyakov Gallery will take triple security measures while holding a retrospective exhibition of Russian painter Ilya Repin opening on March 16. Visitors are advised to buy tickets in advance so as not to waste time in lines to the ticket office, the gallery’s General Director Zelfira Tregulova told TASS in an interview.
"Security measures will be tightened, of course. The number of museum attendants in the halls and security personnel at the exhibition will be increased. An armed national guardsman will be on duty in each hall, just as it was in the last days of the Kuindzhi exhibition," Tregulova said.
A mobile post of Russia’s national guard will be placed in front of the Tretyakov Gallery building in Krymsky Val street.
"A third tier of the security system will be established, which is required under the rules but had been often absent from all temporary exhibitions, not just the Tretyakov Gallery, until just recently," Tregulova said.
All paintings at the exhibition are protected by an individual alarm system.
Tregulova is certain that the examination of visitors at the entrance will not take much time although the gallery expects a large influx of art devotees.
"We are calling upon everybody to buy tickets online or at the ticket office in advance. They you will surely be able to see the exhibition on the convenient day and at the convenient time," Tregulova said.
A retrospective display of works by Russian 19th-20th century painter Ilya Repin (1844-1930), sponsored by the bank VTB, will held at the Tretyakov Gallery’s building in Krymsky Val Street on March 16-August 18. Visitors will be able to see nearly 300 paintings and graphic works from 35 museum and private collections, including such masterpieces as Barge Haulers on the Volga, Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks, Religious Procession in Kursk Governorate and the Ceremonial Meeting of the State Council on May 7, 1901. Repin and his disciples worked on the latter one at the request of Emperor Nicholas II in 1901-1903. This canvas from the Russian Museum collection weighs nearly 600 kilograms and measures four meters by nine.