CURRENT EXHIBITIONS - 2003-2004

T.Karpova
Captured by Beauty

"CAPTURED BY BEAUTY: RUSSIAN ACADEMIC AND SALON ART FROM 1830 TO 1910" IS THE TITLE OF THE EXHIBITION SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE IN THE TRETYAKOV GALLERY FROM OCTOBER 2004 THROUGH TO JANUARY 2005. THIS LARGESCALE PROJECT WILL CONSIST OF ABOUT 500 WORKS OF VARIOUS GENRES, INCLUDING PAINTING, GRAPHICS AND SCULPTURE, AS WELL AS MANY POSTERS, EXAMPLES OF ADVERTISING ART, POSTCARDS, PHOTOGRAPHS, FURNITURE, PORCELAIN, BRONZE AND GLASS AND VARIOUS LACQUER WORKS, COSTUMES AND EXQUISITE PIECES OF JEWELLERY. THE RANGE OF GENRES IS MATCHED BY THE VARIETY OF THE ARTISTS REPRESENTED, RANGING FROM THE FAMOUS TO THE VIRTUALLY UNKNOWN. BESIDES THE TRETYAKOV GALLERY, A NUMBER OF OTHER INSTITUTIONS, SUCH AS THE STATE RUSSIAN MUSEUM FROM ST. PETERSBURG, THE HISTORICAL MUSEUM AND THE MUSEUM OF DECORATIVE AND APPLIED ARTS FROM MOSCOW, AND MUSEUM COLLECTIONS FROM OMSK, TAGANROG, PERM, SERPUKHOV, PERESLAVL-ZALESSKY, NIZHNY-NOVGOROD, SAMARA AND MINSK, HAVE ALSO CONTRIBUTED TO THE PROJECT, AS HAVE PRIVATE COLLECTORS. A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF THE WORKS EXHIBITED WILL BE SHOWN FOR THE FIRST TIME.

Ye.Seredniakova
Boris Kustodiev: Guardian of Folk Beauty

THE ART OF BORIS KUSTODIEV APPEARS, PARADOXICALLY, TO APPEAL BOTH TO THE CASUAL VIEWER AND TO THE EXPERIENCED ART SPECIALIST. IN HIS PAINTINGS, KUSTODIEV CREATES A BEAUTIFUL UTOPIA, A LAND OF POPULAR WHIM AND FOLK FANTASY. HIS WORLD IS FILLED WITH IMAGES THAT ARE SO VIVID AND SO CONVINCING THAT THEY HAVE BECOME A PART OF EVERYDAY LANGUAGE: WE SPEAK OF "KUSTODIEV BEAUTIES", "KUSTODIEV FAIRS" AND "KUSTODIEV WINTERS". HIS ART WAS LIKE THE FINAL BURST OF A GLORIOUS SUNSET SPLENDOUR OVER A RUSSIA WHICH WAS DISAPPEARING FAST, NEVER TO RETURN.

M.Elzesser
Play – A Serious Matter

The new exhibition at the Tretyakov Gallery’s Krymsky Val space, "Play – A Serious Matter", is an unusual one for any art gallery. But then the wonderful Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren always believed that play is vital for developing a child’s personality, communication skills and creative imagination. Lindgren not only wrote books for children; she was also one of Sweden’s key opinion-makers in areas such as tax policy, the use of nuclear energy, the rights of children and the humane treatment of animals.

G.Andreeva
BP Portrait Award 2004

London’s National Portrait Gallery was founded in 1856 to collect and exhibit portraits of outstanding British individuals, whose contribution to the nation’s history and culture is beyond doubt. The museum’s collection now includes more than 12,000 works with paintings, sculptures, graphic works and photography. Its remarkable collection is constantly being enlarged, one of a number of ways being the "Portrait Award", well-known both in Britain and internationally.

S.Len
The Second Russian Avant-Garde

The exhibition "Drugoe Iskusstvo" (The Other Art, 1988) in the Tretyakov Gallery had an unprecedented impact on the consciousness not only of the general public, but also on the country’s whole artistic community. The SocialistRealist artists, headed by the academicians and correspondent members of the Soviet Academy of Arts, were shocked by the very fact of such a massive and irrevocable "intrusion" by nonconformist artists into their territory – a location that had been used by them, and only them, for more than half a century. The "intruders" organized their own schools, working out their new stylistic methods, using their own languages, and building another ontological picture of the world.

A.Morozov
A Link Through the Years

Viktor Bondarenko, Konstantin Khudyakov and Roman Bagdasarov’s project "Deisis" has two particularly striking features. First of all, the form they have chosen to express their idea establishes no boundaries between the artists and viewers: the language of the Iconostasis can clearly be understood by all. This is a rare factor today, when few artists address "the city and the world", preferring communication with their own kind. This may be why so many separate cultures abound today: youth culture, the "A-list" set, the worlds of gender, popculture, hip-hop culture, gay culture… The naturally portrayed figures of "Deisis" and their emotions are modelled with all the clarity that modern computer graphics can offer. Their visual form is more accessible to any – even the least sophisticated – viewer than classical realist art.

I.Obrosov
Summing up

The exhibition of works of young Russian artists held in the "Engineer Wing" of the Tretyakov Gallery was a major event in the lives of each of its 46 participants, the finalists of the competition organized by the "Tretyakov Gallery" magazine and the Tretyakov Gallery; the exhibition was honoured with the name of the gallery’s founder. The idea of recreating forgotten traditions of co-operation with young representatives of national culture was implemented in this national competition, which combined the work of painters, graphic artists and sculptors. There is a strong sense that all ties with the younger generation have been broken, co-operation destroyed and co-ordination disregarded: there are no more special committees directed towards the young from the Ministry of Culture, the Academy of Arts, or the Unions of Artists; no more discussions of major exhibitions of contemporary art among professionals and experts. Thus the "First All-Russia Competition of Young Artists" proved an initial step in the re-constitution of public and state forms to support young talents, to establish an atmosphere of genuine competition, and to raise professional levels of culture and mastery. It has to be admitted that for many years such problems were not considered the responsibility of the respected institutions.

G.ANDREEVA
THE RUSSIAN LANDSCAPE IN THE AGE OF TOLSTOY

TO THIS DAY, NINETEENTH-CENTURY RUSSIAN ART IS KNOWN TO THE WESTERN PUBLIC THROUGH SPECIFIC ARTISTS RATHER THAN CERTAIN SCHOOLS OR MAJOR EVENTS. THE SUCCESS OF THE ‘ILYA REPIN: RUSSIA’S SECRET’ EXHIBITION HELD IN THE NETHERLANDS IN 2001 ENCOURAGED ITS ORGANISERS TO CONTINUE SHOWING RUSSIAN CLASSICAL ART IN THE WEST AND TO ‘BRING VIEWERS SOMETHING IMPORTANT AND TYPICALLY RUSSIAN, YET LITTLE KNOWN TO THE WESTERN PUBLIC.’ HENCE, THE IDEA OF HOLDING AN EXHIBITION OF RUSSIAN LANDSCAPE ART. THE ORGANISERS OF THIS EXHIBITION ARE THE GRONINGEN GRONINGER MUSEUM IN THE NETHERLANDS AND THE NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON. VISITORS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADMIRE PAINTINGS FROM THE STATE TRETYAKOV GALLERY, RUSSIAN MUSEUM, NIZHNY NOVGOROD ART MUSEUM AND THE KIEV MUSEUM OF RUSSIAN ART.

S.USACHEVA
RUSSIAN “CANALETTI”

IN NOVEMBER 2004 THE TRETYAKOV GALLERY WILL MARK THE 250TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF FEDOR ALEXEYEV – A RENOWNED RUSSIAN LANDSCAPE PAINTER – BY HOLDING A GRAND EXHIBITION OF HIS PAINTINGS AND GRAPHIC WORKS FROM ALMOST A DOZEN MUSEUMS OF MOSCOW AND ST. PETERSBURG (INCLUDING THE TRETYAKOV GALLERY, THE STATE HISTORICAL MUSEUM, THE HERMITAGE, THE STATE RUSSIAN MUSEUM), AND ALSO FROM THE COLLECTIONS OF THE VOLGOGRAD MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, AND THE NATIONAL FINE ARTS MUSEUM OF THE BELARUS REPUBLIC.

V.KALASHNIKOV
THE THEATRE PLAYBILL: ART – AND ADS?

If it is true that "all the world’s a stage" – or to be more exact "all the world’s a stage and all the men and women are merely players" – then the theatrical playbill occupies a special place among other graphic genres. This explains the eye-catching title of the exhibition at the Bakhrushin Theatre Museum, given by its curators: "The Theatre Begins with the Playbill". This shift of attention is from the popular saying immortalized by Stanislavsky, "the theatre begins with the cloakroom", and the move from the proverbial cloakroom to the playbill is symptomatic. It is possible not only because of the greater artistic value of the playbill as an advertisement for the theatre as an institution, when compared to the famous cloakroom hall; the stylistic change of modern life also seems to be of even greater importance.

S.YASTRZHEMBSKY
"I WOULDNХT LIKE TO FLEE AWAY FROM MY OWN SELF"

THE TRETYAKOV GALLERY ENGINEER PAVILION MARKED THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TRETYAKOV’S COLLECTION WITH THE PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION CALLED "TRILOGY: LEV MELIKHOV, VALERY SIROVSKY, SERGEI YASTRZHEMBSKY", A PART OF "THE TRETYAKOV GALLERY SESSIONS" PROJECT. LEV MELIKHOV, THE ACCLAIMED MASTER PHOTOGRAPHER WHOSE WORK HAS BEEN SHOWN AT OVER 100 EXHIBITIONS, AND WHO WAS NOMINATED FOR RUSSIA’S 2003 LITERATURE AND ARTS STATE AWARD, PRESENTED HIS BIRD’S – EYE VIEW COLOUR PICTURES, MADE FROM ON BOARD A HELICOPTER, IN WHICH THE MASTER MEANT TO CONVEY THE VASTNESS OF THE COUNTRY AND THE BEAUTY OF ITS NATURE THROUGH THE IMMENSE EXPANSES OF SIBERIA. BY CONTRAST, VALERY SIROVSKY, A PROFESSIONAL TRANSLATOR WHO KNOWS AND ADORES ITALY, WAS REPRESENTED BY HIS AMAZING ITALIAN LANDSCAPES, WHICH ARE BOTH WARM IN SPIRIT, AND DOMESTIC, AND TOUCHING IN THEIR CONCEPTION. AND SERGEI YASTRZHEMBSKY, THE AUTHOR OF THE SENSATIONAL "ROOFS OF THE MOSCOW KREMLIN" SERIES, CHOSE TO FEATURE HIS MOST RECENT, PRACTICALLY "FRESH FROM PRINT", WORK – MAINLY LANDSCAPES AND ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES TAKEN IN EUROPE AND RUSSIA. THE FACT THAT THE THREE MASTERS, DESPITE BEING ABSOLUTELY DISSIMILAR IN STYLE, HAD JOINED TOGETHER IN NO WAY GAVE RISE TO A DISHARMONY. EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE: THE RESULT WAS A FASCINATING BALANCE, UNITED BY ITS "THE EARTH IS SHARED BY ALL" LEITMOTIF.

I.GOFMAN
NIKOLAI SAPUNOV

Nikolai Sapunov was born into a merchant’s family of modest means on December 17 1880 in the Moscow region of Zamoskvorechie. His artistic gift revealed itself in early childhood, and at the age of thirteen he entered the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture where he studied for ten years; it was there that he matured both as an individual and as a professional artist. Fate was kind to him: Sapunov worked alongside the most outstanding figures of Russian culture of the turn of the 19th- 20th centuries, studying under Isaac Levitan, Valentin Serov and Konstantin Korovin. He won support from Savva Mamontov and Sergei Diaghilev, and his friends included Pavel Kuzne t sov, Nikolai Krymov, Sergei Sudeikin, Nikolai Milioti and other artists belonging to the "Golubaya Rosa" (The Blue Rose) group, who were in active contact with Victor Borisov - Musatov. Sapunov enthusiastically worked with famous producer-innovators such as Vsevolod Meyerhold and Fedor Komissarzhevsky, while he had friendly and close artistic ties with Alexander Blok, Valery Briusov and Mikhail Kuzmin.

I. KRASNIKOVA
RODIN, GOLUBKINA, CLAUDEL

2004 MARKS THE 140th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF ANNA GOLUBKINA, ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT RUSSIAN SCULPTORS. BUT THIS RAISED THE QUESTION AMONG ALL THOSE INTERESTED OF HOW TO CELEBRATE THIS DATE. ANOTHER SOLO EXHIBITION? NOTHING NEW IN THAT IDEA. HOWEVER, BECAUSE IT IS KNOWN THAT RODIN HAD A PROFOUND INFLUENCE ON HER WHY NOT HAVE AN EXHIBITION OF BOTH?

K. BOGEMSKAYA, N. MUSYANKOVA
КАТЯ МЕДВЕДЕВА KATYA MEDVEDEVA

Yekaterina Medvedeva’s path in art has been far from easy, and she would not consider herself an artist even in her wildest dreams, while a personal exhibition at the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum would be in the realm of pure fantasy. Katya has had to pass through many hardships in life, and her path since childhood has been a very varied one: when only nine years old, she lost her parents and was sent to an orphanage in Azerbaijan; later she worked as a weaver in Baku, then returned to her native village, but did not stay there long and went further in search of a better life.

T.YERMAKOVA
V.FAVORSKAYA, I.CHEKMAZOV

The Engineer Building of the Tretyakov Gallery invites visitors to the exhibition of Vera Favorskaya (1896–1977) and her husband Ivan Chekmazov (1901–1961). This exhibition shows the artists' works from the collection of the State Tretyakov Gallery and Moscow private collections. The album "Vera Favorskaya and Ivan Chekmazov: A Creative Heritage", which includes Favorskaya’s "Artist's Memoirs" dedicated to the memory of her husband, is published to mark the exhibition.

L.MARTS
D.SHAKHOVSKOY

The State Tretyakov Gallery presents the solo exhibition of sculptures by Dmitry Shakhovskoy, marking the 75th birthday of this Moscow artist. This representative show has gathered together his works from the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Russian Museum, the Lipetsk State Museum of Fine Arts named after V.S. Sorokin and pieces from the sculptor’s own collection.

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