Russians wait hours in freezing weather to see art exhibit
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Tretyakov Gallery director Zelfira Tregulova, right, look over an exhibition for the anniversary of Valentin Serov, marking what would have been the artist's 150th birthday, in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, January 22, 2016 11:47AM EST
MOSCOW -- Undeterred by sub-zero temperatures, Russians have been queuing for hours outside a Moscow art gallery to see a temporary impressionist exhibit.
Lines snaked around the perimeter of the contemporary Tretyakov Art Gallery on Friday-- with one entrance door breaking under the weight of an impatient crowd-- as hopeful museum-goers waited to see a collection of works by the 19th-century Russian impressionist Valentin Serov.
To accommodate the surge in interest, the museum director Zelfira Tregulova said the Tretyakov will stay open later than usual, according to Russian media reports.
Serov is best known for his expressive still-life paintings and portraits. His most famous work, "Girl with Peaches," depicting an olive-skinned young woman sitting at a table with fruit, is part of the Tretyakov's exhibit.