It displays twenty books donated to the museum by a famous collector, adviser to the director of the Hermitage, Mark Ivanovich Bashmakov.
Among the books presented at the exhibition are the works of Pierre Bonnard and Maurice Denis, which appeared in the 1900-1910s; to the middle of the twentieth century belong the books of the classics of French modernism - Raoul Dufy, Andre Derain, Fernand Leger, Georges Braque. A special place is occupied by the “Muslim Paradise” by Francois-Louis Schmid and Gustav Miklos (the first and so far the only art deco book in the Hermitage collection). Surrealism is represented by one of the best books by Andre Masson (The Conquerors) and the most important publications with prints by Max Ernst, whose livres d'artiste have already been exhibited in the Hermitage. The second half of the twentieth century includes the innovative work of Andrei Lansky and Antoni Clave. The famous book “Life in One Cent” (1964), illustrated by twenty eight masters from the USA and Europe, can be considered as a kind of anthology of post-war artistic movements.