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Arts Calendar / December 10 / Exhibitions
Alexei Bogolyubov. To the 200th Anniversary of the Birth
For the first time, this major exhibition project presents in the Tretyakov Gallery the work by the outstanding marine painter and landscape artist Alexei Petrovich Bogolyubov (1824–1896), whose extensive heritage includes all types of landscape painting, from seascapes and battles to townscape and natural landscapes. Bogolyubov was a hereditary nobleman and the grandson of the writer, Alexander Radishchev. He found favor and friendship in the eyes of the Emperor Alexander III. Bogolyubov was a professional sailor and military hydrographer, but he was given the title of Academician of the Imperial Academy of Arts in «Painting of Marine Views». He was an involved participant in the Association of Traveling Art Exhibitions, a collector and educator, and the founder of the Society of Russian Artists in Paris and the Saratov Art Museum. Bogolyubov created several large-scale series of battle paintings dedicated to victorious battles of the Russian Navy from the time of Peter the Great to the wars of the middle and second half of the 19th century. These series remain unsurpassed in their historical precision and accuracy in depicting ship rigging and battles. The exhibition will for the first time unite his paintings and sketches for them from a number of museum collections to enable viewers to follow the course of battles, in particular, to witness the grand Battle of Grengam that happened on July 27, 1720, depicted on a canvas from the collection of the Russian Museum.
Tretyakov Gallery at Lavrushinsky Lane 
Dmitry Nalbandyan. Impossibleisimpossible
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents a large-scale exhibition Impossibleisimpossible that will feature works by the People’s Artist of the USSR Dmitry Nalbandyan and is timed to the 30th anniversary of the Nalbandyan Workshop Museum, which since 2018 is part of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. The project will showcase the genre and thematic diversity of Nalbandyan’s artistic heritage as well as the significance of his work for the history of Russian art. The exhibition at 25 Petrovka Street will be a key stage in the museum’s rethinking, updating, and repositioning the collection of the Nalbandyan Workshop Museum. The biography of Dmitry Nalbandyan is a story of a man who witnessed many historical events of his time. His career began in the early 1930s, and he quickly became famous as a master of the Soviet ceremonial portrait. Nalbandyan painted the leaders of the Soviet state, rulers of other countries, politicians, military leaders, scientists, and cosmonauts. The core of the artist’s official heritage is an extensive cycle dedicated to Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. The so-called Leniniana includes hundreds of works in various types and genres: multi-figure compositions showing key episodes of the revolutionary events of the early XX century, ceremonial portraits, works of a more intimate character and numerous portrait sketches. Besides historical paintings, Dmitry Nalbandyan is known for his landscapes and numerous still lifes, which stand in stark contrast to his works on historical events and the revolution. A study of Dmitry Nalbandyan’s personality, his environment, and his methods of working on historical paintings allows one to track the evolution of Soviet official art.
Moscow Museum of Modern Art  
In Memory of Marshal K.E. Voroshilov
This exhibition is dedicated to the eminent politician of the Soviet Union – Kliment Efremovich Voroshilov (1881-1969). Rising from the ranks of a Lugansk worker to become Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, he became a symbol of the epoch during his lifetime. Songs and literary works were dedicated to him, cities and military hardware were named in his honour. In 1928, his appearance was included in the sculptural composition of the "Republic" monument in Taksim Square in the Turkish Istanbul, and a lifetime monument by sculptor Vera Mukhina was installed in Voroshilovgrad (now Lugansk) in the 1930s. The display in the Moscow Kremlin, on the territory of which K.E. Voroshilov lived until 1962 (his apartment was located in the Grand Kremlin Palace), includes his orders and decorations, personal belongings from his studies, rare photographs, a marshal’s full dress uniform from the 1940s. This exhibition, which brings together ten national museums, reveals the image of K.E. Voroshilov in official Soviet art – in the works of I.I. Brodsky, V.S. Svaroga, E.A. Katsman, as well as in sculpture, graphics and even lacquer miniatures. The character of Kliment Efremovich created by Soviet artists shows him both as a soldier of the Red Army, fearlessly riding into battle on a warhorse, and as a complete politician, People's Commissar of Defence of the USSR.
Moscow Kremlin Museums 
Kaleidoscope of Collections. Rarities of the Museum Collection
The Museum of Contemporary History of Russia collection (former the Museum of the Revolution of the USSR) was formed under the influence of the events taking place in the state. Initially, the museum was created as the museum of the revolutionary and democratic movement, and it saw its main tasks as showing the glorious revolutionary past, the chanting of the fighters against the autocracy, the story about the history of the CPSU (b). However, from the very first days, the museum began to receive not only documentary materials, but also the material relics. The museum actively complicated propaganda porcelain, art lacquers, metal and glass objects symbolizing the struggle of the working class for the fair world. When completing art collections, the plot has always been very important for the museum — the historical event reflected in the particular work, the disclosure of the surrounding life actual themes by artistic means. Thus, the collection of decorative and applied arts was gradually formed. The Museum of the Revolution storages were actively replenished with the gifts from the Soviet and foreign delegations to leaders of the state, prominent political and economic figures of the country, as well as with the products made in the single copy for the opening of various congresses and party conferences. Despite the fact that these items were created by the best masters of their time, not all of them could be exhibited in the permanent exhibition. In different years, the museum staff found many ways to show art relics to visitors: these were exhibitions of gifts, and visible storage of museum collections, and, finally, the exhibition that you see now — “Kaleidoscope of Collections. Rarities of the Museum Collection”.
Museum of Contemporary History of Russia 
Legends of the Kremlin: Russian Romantisicm and the Armoury Chamber
The exhibition tells about the patriotic rise of the early 19th century, caused by the Napoleonic Wars, about the increasing interest to the Middle Ages, the creators of myths, and the first researchers of the Kremlin collection. The first part of the display dips into the atmosphere of Russian Romanticism, which allows looking at the Armoury Chamber in the context of an epoch. The second hall is dedicated to the legends referring to different historical objects, such as the legend about “the Monomachos's gifts”(gifts of Byzantine Emperor Constantine the Monomachos) and the fantastic weapons that, in the 19th century, people tried to reconstruct and correlate to various historical terms. The display presents more than 130 items from the Moscow Kremlin Museums and other leading museums of the country. These are the regalia, arms and armour, silver artworks, horse harnesses, paintings, graphics, sculpture, rare manuscripts and printed editions. Among the unique pieces of art are the fantastic armour, executed for the future Emperor Alexander II; suit of armour of the Happy and the Mournful Knights – allegorical participants of the funeral procession of Emperor Nicholas I; the ivory and walrus throne, which was first attributed to Grand Prince Ivan III and then to Tsar Ivan the Terrible, and the statue by M. M. Antokolsky depicting the first Russian tsar on the same throne; the Monomakh’s Cap of the Second Set, which, in the 19th century, was thought to be “the crown of Grand Princess Olga”; the painting by A. D. Litovchenko “Ivan the Terrible showing the treasures to English ambassador Horsey” picturing the 17th-century objects from the collection of the Armoury Chamber in the historical scene of an earlier epoch.
Moscow Kremlin Museums 
Nicholas Roerich
Roerich’s art is an exceptional phenomenon in the history of Russian and world art. Roerich’s paintings attract with the original themes that are full of poetry and mystery, freedom of thought and profound symbolism. Nicholas Roerich’s remarkable life is alike to a wonderful legend. His life journey started in Russia, continued in Europe and America, and was completed in Asia. This exhibition project will present Roerich’s heritage as an integral phenomenon of Russian and world culture; it will also illustrate the artist’s expansive and versatile creative path from 1897 to 1947. The exhibition will include works of art and documents. Viewers will see more than a hundred paintings and graphic sheets, from the famous early masterpieces, «The Messenger» and «Guests from Overseas» (both in the State Tretyakov Gallery), to the works created during the Indian period, «Guga Chauhan» (State Tretyakov Gallery) and «The Emissary» (State Museum of Oriental Art). Roerich will be presented at the exhibition both as a «master of mountains», who created easel works, and as an artist who successfully implemented his talent in theater and architecture. The audience will see for the first time the magnificent backdrop made by Nicholas Roerich in 1908 for the Polovtsian Dances Ballet, which was staged in Paris as part of the first season of the famous enterprise «The Russian Ballet of Sergei Diaghilev». The size of the grand canvas is 10?23 meters. From now on, this exhibit is considered as the largest piece in the collection of the Tretyakov Gallery. It was acquired by the Gallery and transported to Moscow from abroad in 2021. For many decades, the canvas was stored rolled on a rod and now it requires extensive restoration. The first stage of restoration will have been completed by Roerich’s exhibition opening.
Tretyakov Gallery at Krymsky Val 
Rostislav Lebedev. Rough Cuts
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art and the pop/off/art gallery present Rostislav Lebedev’s exhibition Rough Cuts, a new large-scale project by a classic of underground art. In Rough Cuts Rostislav Lebedev remains true to his critical and ironic method of deconstructing the artistic reality. In his works, Lebedev merges well-known visuals from the world art, mass culture, and avant-garde classics to discover new meanings and forms of popular images. The exhibition’s title refers to Rostislav Lebedev’s method. Unlike many artists that make montage of ready-made images barely noticeable and hidden, Lebedev prefers sharp dissonance, rough transitions from one sign to another. The artist believes that it is precisely such 'rough cuts' that can carve new, fresh meanings from a simple meeting between two well-known pictures. The exhibition features more than 100 works and includes already famous loans from museums and private collections, as well as new pieces created specifically for the MMOMA exhibition. The works will be presented in 9 halls, each of which focuses on one artistic medium of Rostislav Lebedev, among which are adding pictures, texts, volume, or expressive gestures. Rostislav Lebedev (born 1946, Moscow) is a Soviet and Russian artist, a founder of Sots Art, an underground art movement that emerged in the 1970s. At the turn of the 1970s, he joined a group of artists, which later became known as the Rogov Street Group, named after the location of Boris Orlov’s workshop (the group also included Dmitry Prigov and Igor Shelkovsky, among others). Since 1994, Lebedev became a member of the Moscow Union of Artists. Lebedev’s works are kept in the collections of the Pompidou Centre (France), the Zimmerli Art Museum (USA), the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Russian Museum and other institutions, as well as in large private collections and foundations. Rostislav is based in Moscow.
Moscow Museum of Modern Art  
The Age of Sports. To the 100th anniversary of Moscow sports
The exhibition includes more than 150 works of painting, graphics, sculpture and monumental art from the collection of the Tretyakov Gallery, the State Russian Museum, the Kursk Deineka Art Gallery, Murmansk Regional Art Museum, Yaroslavl Art Museum, Astrakhan Dogadin Art Gallery and other regional museums. The theme of sports appeared in Russian art in the 1920s and 1930s and immediately became essential. At that time, the development of sports was inseparable from the task of forming a «new man», a builder of the communist state. Large-scale construction of stadiums was underway, and sports societies and associations grew in number. The ubiquitous passion for sports was reflected both in the works of the younger generation of artists of those years and in their direct involvement in various means of sport. For example, Yuri Pimenov played football and was an avid fan, Alexander Deineka practiced boxing, and Georgy Nissky admitted that he sometimes «painted at odd moments between competitions and matches, and stayed in the gym just to pop in the studio». This theme was further developed during the Great Patriotic War and in the post-war years, when the country was recovering after the battle. It was then that the first art exhibitions dedicated to physical culture and sports began to emerge. Sports life remained the focus of both the masters of the 1960s and for those who witnessed the XXII Summer Olympic Games in Moscow in 1980. Artists and sculptors were inspired by images of people who experienced incredible stress but overcame themselves to win, and became the ideal of physical beauty, courage and will.
Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val 
Weird Berry. Collection
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art proudly announces the project Weird Berry, featuring works by artists from various trends and creative methods of the 20th and early 21st centuries. The exhibition is divided into three thematic sections: Fruit of Paradise, Monument to the Potato and Weird Berry. The name of the exhibition is a play on the common theme that unites the works of the exhibition — the presence of earthly fruits in the artists’ works. The project explores the relationship between humans and nature, in this case through the depiction of berries and vegetables in art. The idea behind the exhibition also draws attention to the symbolic significance of these fruits in different cultural and historical contexts. Symbols of fertility, abundance and vitality, they are associated with a variety of rituals and traditions related to harvest festivals. On the other hand, berries and fruits can also be associated with more sublime matters — for example, the basis for religious representations. An example of this is the pomegranate, which in mythology is a symbol of life and death. Аnd of course, the apple, that has long been associated with temptation and sin. The project is a part of the special research programme Collection. Vantage Point and aims to introduce the viewer to a significant collection of artworks from the museum’s holdings. The exhibition will showcase MMOMA collection works by such artists as Pavel Leonov, Oleg Tselkov, Robert Falk, Andrei Grositsky, Zurab Tsereteli and others. Collection. Vantage Point is a long-term exhibition programme developed specifically for the MMOMA Educational Centre in addition to the series of large-scale thematic exhibitions that have become a highlight of the museum. It is distinguished by a different, focused and intimate approach to the study and presentation of the museum’s holdings, as well as a much more dynamic rhythm of display.
Moscow Museum of Modern Art (at Yermolayevsky per.) 
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