Loyalty to One’s Calling
#1 2022 (74)
In the historiography of Mikhail Bulgakov’s “crepuscular” - in the words of Konstantin Simonov - novel “The Master and Margarita”, we can identify only a handful of creative works based on it within Russian artistic culture, despite the widespread interest it continues to attract from readers across the world. Among these few are Yuri Lyubimov’s production at the Taganka Theatre (with conceptual decorations by David Borovsky), Vladimir Bortko’s television series (with the artists Vladimir Svetozarov and Marina Nikolaeva), Yuri Kara’s film with its outstanding cast, and the unique animation experiment by Sergei Alimov, as well as a range of works in the genres of book illustration and easel painting.
ART AND PERSONALITY
The Charisma of Zurab Tsereteli
#4 2020 (73)
The present century and the one preceding it have subsumed the greatest achievements and discoveries of world history. From the time of the Enlightenment to the present day, modern civilisation has made an incomparable spiritual contribution to global artistic culture. For all the wealth of national talents, each people has its own talismanic figures who embody the traditions of their ethnic group. However, on the level of wider humanity, it is rare to find figures who are outside their time, creed and ethnicity. Irrespective of aesthetic preferences, breadth of view or level of education, personalities on such a scale are defined by a combination of both their creative and social activity.
ART AND PERSONALITY
Valery Turchin, Alexander Morozov, Natalya Nesterova, Yuri Rost, Alexander Rozhin
Natalya Nesterova. PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST
#2 2020 (71)
Let the game begin. Have these hollow cocoon-bodied figures really reached us from some metaphysical remoteness, or does it just seem that way? Their figures are wrapped with bandages of playing cards, like the wounded or the mummified dead of Ancient Egypt. They are speechless, they have nothing to say, yet we understand that they are arrivals from unknown lands in which passion burns souls to ashes, which is to say that they are allegories in the most banal and most elevated sense with regard to style and the meaning of the figure. We also know that it was the artist herself - Natalya Nesterova - who invited them: it is at her canvases that we are looking, those are her colours and her images. On a table in her studio on Arbat Street there is a partial deck of cards, a game of solitaire spread out nearby. Let the cards foretell.
THE PROPYLAEA FROM THE OTHER SIDE
#1 2021 (70), Special issue. GERMANY - RUSSIA: ON THE CROSSROADS OF CULTURES
The Year of Germany in Russia is no ordinary - no conventional - undertaking. It represents a true continuation of the “affairs of days long gone” - their transition into modern times. The following articles cover almost 200 years of Russo-German relations in the sphere of arts & culture, and special attention is given to the period from the 1920s to today, excluding the tragic events of the Second World War. The aim of this piece is to remind readers of the brighter and more exciting realities of this bilateral partnership, to which this author has been participant and witness.
Victors and Conquerors
#1 2020 (66)
As we mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, and with it Soviet Victory in the Great Patriotic War, we once again witness culture becoming a hostage to political interests and ambitions.
Victory and Memory
#1 2020 (66)
This special anniversary issue of the “Tretyakov Gallery Magazine” is devoted to those two tragedies of the 20th century, the most atrocious world wars in human history, to their participants and witnesses. Most of all it is about the Victory of the nations of the Soviet Union in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945, about the living memory that cannot be falsified, idealized or allowed to recede into history. Like the handful of surviving eyewitnesses of this tragic and heroic chapter in history, like their descendants, it is works of art that preserve the memory and teach people to respect our country’s past and take pride in our Motherland.
PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST
Andrea Granchi. Heir to the varied artistic traditions of Florence
#4 2019 (65)
An Academician and for many years a professor at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze (Academy of Fine Arts of Florence), Andrea Granchi inherited his profession from his ancestors. Natives of Tuscany, his father, grandfather and great-grandfather lived and worked in Florence, where they were among the few craftsmen skilled in woodcarving, as well as gilders and restorers of fine art, both classical and contemporary, frames and furniture.
THE RUKAVISHNIKOV DYNASTY
Filipp Rukavishnikov: I AM NOT HURRYING ANYWHERE
#1 2018 (58)
A darling of fortune, one who undeniably drew a “lucky number” in life, and who, it appears, is well ahead of his time, Filipp Rukavishnikov also inherited a heavy burden of fame: a kind of counterweight to complement the dynastic load shouldered by everyone born into the family.
CHINA - RUSSIA: ON THE CROSSROADS OF CULTURES
Remembrance of the Future
#3 2017 (56)
The 1st International Beijing Art Biennale was an audacious debut worthy of competition with such famous international cultural events as the Biennale di Venezia, the Kassel documenta, the FIAC contemporary art fair in Paris, and the Chicago International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art. It was the first time that such a large-scale, long-term cultural initiative to create a new international forum of contemporary art had been attempted in Asia.
DEDICATION TO A GENIUS
#4 2015 (49)
Many a creative genius of 20th-century art was overshadowed by the two great Spaniards - Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso. Nobody was discussed, disputed or written about as much as they were; no other artist's work was covered as extensively as that of these two titans in books, albums, brochures and articles.
Alexander Rozhin, Natella Voiskounski
The "Tretyakov Gallery" Magazine and Its "Alexander Golovin. Heritage" Special Issue
Papers of the International academic conference "ALEXANDER GOLOVIN AND THE CULTURE OF THE SILVER AGE" (14.10.2014 - 15.10.2014, State Tretyakov Gallery)
ART AND PERSONALITY
A Master Ahead of His Time
#2 2014 (43)
ZURAB TSERETELI'S CONTRIBUTION TO WORLD ART IS ENORMOUS. THE SCOPE OF HIS ARTISTIC PURSUITS IS ALL-ENCOMPASSING AND MANIFESTS ITSELF IN MONUMENTAL AND EASEL WORKS, DESIGN AND APPLIED ART. TO SAY "HE EXISTS IN ART" WOULD BE WRONG - ART LIVES THROUGH HIM, HIS SOUL, HIS THOUGHTS AND HIS LIFE. THE POET ILYA REZNIK GAVE AN ACCURATE, VIVID AND COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT OF THE MAESTRO'S CAREER IN ART, WHICH IS MARKED BY HIS FORMIDABLE TALENT AND INFINITE INDUSTRIOUSNESS: "IT WAS NOT THAT THE ARTIST CHOSE PAINTING - PAINTING CHOSE HIM." THIS POETIC EXPRESSION DESCRIBES AN ARTIST OF GREAT AND WIDE-RANGING GIFTS, TO WHOM, TO QUOTE ANOTHER POET, VALERY BRYUSOV, "ONLY WORK BRINGS HAPPINESS... LONG HOURS OF HARD WORK".
Guenther Uecker: A Pilgrimage to Another Reality
#4 2013 (41)
TWENTY CHAPTERS, OR TWENTY ACTS OF AN UNFINISHED PLAY ABOUT ARTISTIC LIFE WHICH THE GERMAN ARTIST GUENTHER UECKER IS DESTINED TO COMPLETE HAVE BECOME A CULMINATING EVENT IN BERLIN'S CULTURAL LIFE FROM MARCH TO JUNE 2005, ALONGSIDE THE EXHIBITION "NEFERTITI" IN THE KUNST FORUM, AND A CELEBRATION OF THE CENTENARY OF ALBERT EINSTEIN. THE RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION OF THE PROMINENT MASTER WHO GAINED WORLDWIDE RECOGNITION IN THE 1960S WAS DISPLAYED IN THREE LOCATIONS -THE MARTIN GROPIUS BAU, THE NEW NATIONAL BERLIN GALLERY, AND THE "NEUER BERLINER KUNSTVEREIN" (THE NEW BERLIN UNION OF ARTISTS). ALL THREE WERE PART OF A TRIBUTE MARKING UECKER'S 75TH BIRTHDAY.
Art Beyond Fascism
#4 2013 (41)
Running at Florence's Palazzo Strozzi until the end of January 2013, the exhibition "The Thirties. The Arts in Italy Beyond Fascism" features artists who came to public notice after exhibiting at the Venice Biennales during Italy's Fascist era. It provides an opportunity to cast a fresh look at the artistic culture of this tragic historical period of European civilisation in the 20th century – one with regard to which there has been little variance of opinion to date among its interpreters and judges.
Special issue. SWITZERLAND–RUSSIA: ON THE CROSSROADS OF CULTURES
This Russia-Switzerland special issue of the “Tretyakov Gallery” magazine is dedicated to the cultural ties between our two nations. With its alpine landscapes, ancient cities, age-old castles, picturesque meadows, and Lake Geneva and its surroundings, Switzerland has long enchanted poets, artists and musicians alike with its romantic, soulful spirit.
In his “Letters of a Russian Traveller”, Nikolai Karamzin was the first to give an extensive and clear account of the unforgettable impression that Switzerland had made on him. We remember the great historian and writer’s words: “Why am I not a painter! Why couldn’t I, that very instant, commit to paper the fertile, green Hasli Valley that unfolded in front of my eyes like a most beautiful garden in bloom, surrounded by wild, rocky mountains rising up all the way to the skies!”
Editor-in-chief Alexander Rozhin
Co-editor Natella Voiskounski
Art Beyond Fascism
#4 2012 (37)
Running at Florence’s Palazzo Strozzi until the end of January 2013, the exhibition “The Thirties. The Arts in Italy Beyond Fascism” features artists who came to public notice after exhibiting at the Venice Biennales during Italy’s Fascist era. It provides an opportunity to cast a fresh look at the artistic culture of this tragic historical period of European civilisation in the 20th century – one with regard to which there has been little variance of opinion to date among its interpreters and judges.