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    BEIRUT, April 23 (RIA Novosti) - Stuff members of the Ilya Repin Academy of Arts, St. Petersburg, Honored Artist of Russia, corresponding member of the Russian Arts Academy Professor Sergei Repin and Professor Yevgeny Zubkov have brought more than forty canvases from private collections to the exhibition in Beirut.

    Sergei Repin displayed his canvases in many countries but Lebanon is the first country in the Middle East where the exhibition of his pictures is going on. Its aim is to popularize one of the best art educational establishments in Russia.

    The majority of his works are water-colors or drawings depicting mainly the nature in Central Russia or the Pskov region (Russia's northwest), the places which the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin liked to visit and where he was buried.

    "The point is that several years ago our contacts with the Arab world were ruptured, and students from Arab countries have stopped coming to Russia to study painting," Sergei Repin told RIA Novosti. But today, in his opinion, people especially need to exchange "emotions, ideas and information about the life in other countries." Sergei Repin believes that there is much for foreigners to learn in Russia. More so, since the interest in realistic art, "which makes people to think," has been growing of late.

    "I have the chance to compare the Russian art education with Western and can assert that we have the strongest school of realistic painting and a consistent and fuller education," the artist believes.

    The Russian artists will give several master classes for Lebanese students.

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