A major exhibition of Jewish fine art opened in Moscow.
The 85 oil, pastel and ink works by 10 professional and amateur artists depict Jewish life in Russia, Israel and the United States. The exhibition, which began Thursday, is mounted at the Kiselyov art gallery in a compound across from the Kremlin.
Alexander Boroda, vice president of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia, said at the opening ceremony that Jewish art could help increase tolerance within Russian society.
“The exhibition is an integral part of the process of educating the younger generation to respect other cultures and ethnic groups in our multi-ethnic country,” he said.
Boroda and Vera Kiselyova, the president of the Moscow Social Foundation of Culture Support, pointed out that the artworks reflect the “solid Russian and Jewish roots” of the artists.
The opening celebration featured performances by two Jewish string ensembles, and apples and honey in honor of the upcoming High Holy Days.
The exhibition will run through the end of September.