Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visits the opening of the exhibition “The United States of America through the Eyes of Russian Artists”

On 16 July, the sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited the exhibition “The United States of America through the Eyes of Russian Artists” organized by the US Embassy. The opening ceremony was attended by American and Russian public figures. “I like the idea of ​​the exhibition,” said Kirsan Nikolayevich. 

“Recently, relations between our countries have been complicated and I know this first-hand. In 2016, I as the head of FIDE was not allowed to enter the United States, where I organized a match for the title of world chess champion between Sergey Karjakin and Magnus Carlsen.


Despite any political issues, our two nations must be on friendly terms. Art, like sport and beauty, will definitely save the world. This exposition is a small brick in the construction of a bridge of mutual understanding between the United States and Russia.

I want to thank the US Embassy for organizing the exhibition. “The USA through the eyes of Russian artists” exhibition displays forty very impressive paintings”, Ilyumzhinov said in a telephone conversation with our correspondent.
The exhibition is devoted to the culture and natural diversity of the United States and, in particular, the state of Wyoming that was founded 129 years ago. This is the most sparsely populated state of the USA: 570 thousand people live on the territory of equal area of ​​Great Britain. Wyoming is known for its nature reserves and national parks. However, the artists painted the views of other regions of the US like New York as well as portraits of ordinary Americans and the US ambassador to Russia John Huntsman.
Along with Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the opening of the exhibition was visited by the director of the American-Russian Center Eduard Lozansky, the sculptor Alexander Burganov and many others.