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Arts Calendar / March 25 / Exhibitions
Amateur Scholars of Russian History
The exhibition is dedicated to the famous 19th-century Russian collector Pavel Karabanov and his contemporaries – Muscovites, history enthusiasts and owners of unique private collections. The amateur scholars of history in the 18th and 19th centuries were defined as those whose concern for the fate of the country's historical heritage led them to search for, preserve and study relics of Russian antiquity. A particular interest in national antiquities began to develop in the enlightened circles of Russian society after the Patriotic War of 1812. Many priceless collections and unique rarities were lost in the fires. Lovers of national history turned their attention to search for the new artifacts and their introduction into the scientific sphere. As a result of this passion, private collections were actively forming, and in the 19th century, Russian history and art pieces became a significant part of them. The so-called Russian Museum of P.F. Karabanov became one of these collections. He began acquiring objects of Russian ancientry in the 1790s, long before the uprise of mass interest in this phenomenon. Pavel Fyodorovich was the heir of old Russian nobles, where family relics were carefully preserved. He had been creating his domestic museum for more than fifty years. By the mid-19th century, the collection was already quite extensive consisting of a museum section that included works of decorative and applied art, a library with valuable manuscripts, old printed books and autographs of famous Russians, there was also a print room and a numismatics gallery. Contemporaries called P.F. Karabanov’s Museum "the second Armoury Chamber".
Moscow Kremlin Museums 
Creation of the World
In all religions, the theme of God's creation of the world is one of the central tenets. This exhibition aims to show through artistic images the Christian understanding of the process of creation of the world and man, based on the biblical story. The exhibition will feature icons, sketches for temple paintings, engravings, books and decorative and applied art objects touching on this theme from museum and private collections. Among them are eight large-format sketches for the paintings of the vaults of the side aisles of St. Vladimir's Cathedral in Kiev, made by artists V.A. Kotarbinsky and P.A. Svedomsky in 1887-1895 with images of the Days of Creation. The participants of the exhibition are the Museum of Christian Art "Church-Archaeological Cabinet" of the Moscow Theological Academy, the Museum of Russian Icons named after Mikhail Abramov and private individuals. Mikhail Abramov and private collectors, among them K.V. Voronin, V.I. Nekrasov, M.S. Byvshev, V.V. Selivanov, K.P. Kalashnikov, the collection of the Avalov family, the collection of the Lipnitsky family and others. Curators: Head of the Department of Expertise and Artistic Conclusions, Ph. O.S. Nikolskaya.
Andrei Rublyov Museum 
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  
Evgeniya Buravleva: Small Homeland
The project of the famous artist, one of the main figures in Russian painting today, is about her native places in the north of the Kirov region. A more universal meaning is the relationship of a person with the neighbourhood, the search for an authentic home, and the recovery of ties with the moments of an elusive existence. The exhibition is based on the new series Untamed Landscapes, which captures unremarkable, but significant for Buravleva locations in the Vaga village neighbourhood – fields, roads, hills, which have been on her mental map since childhood. Buravleva is inspired by the ascetic nature of the taiga region and yet “reads” her native landscape with a critical eye. She spots subtle traces of its transformation, whether because of agricultural land use, which shrank significantly in the post–Soviet period, or, on the contrary, because of intensive, year-round timber extraction. Fifteen large-format paintings with a recognizable enamel-like surface are created with an emphasis on lighting effects and the geometric tectonics of the visualised world. Forming illusionistic breakthroughs-windows in the museum halls, they are sequentially distributed throughout the exhibition according to the four seasons. This meditative pictorial calendar plays on the archetypes of perception of landscape art. It reveals a non-public yet poignant, poeticised image of Russia. Private experience and momentary problems are juxtaposed with eternal meanings.
Moscow Museum of Modern Art on Gogolevsky bulv 
Jewish Avant-Garde. Chagall, Altman, Shterenberg, and Others
The show will trace the emergence and development of Jewish modernism as a trailblazing phenomenon in 20th-century art. The exhibition explores one of the most dynamic periods in the culture of Russian Jews. The 1917 Revolution proclaimed the equality of all nations, which was followed by the abolition of residency restrictions for Jews that had been in force in the Russian Empire. As a result, dozens of talented Jewish artists and writers moved to Moscow and Petrograd, where they played a crucial role in shaping and advancing Soviet avant-garde. Thanks to newfound creative freedom, Jewish culture entered a period of unprecedented resurgence. Some of the finest Jewish artists such as Marc Chagall, Nathan Altman, Joseph Chaikov, Eliezer (El) Lissitzky, David Shterenberg, and other artists from various groups and movements made ingenious use of modernism’s innovations in their experiments as they sought to create «new Jewish art.»
Jewish Museum & Tolerance Center 
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 
Pavel Karabanov and Moscow Collectors of the 19th Century
The exhibition is dedicated to the famous 19th-century Russian collector Pavel Karabanov and his contemporaries – Muscovites, history enthusiasts and owners of unique private collections. The amateur scholars of history in the 18th and 19th centuries were defined as those whose concern for the fate of the country's historical heritage led them to search for, preserve and study relics of Russian antiquity. A particular interest in national antiquities began to develop in the enlightened circles of Russian society after the Patriotic War of 1812. Many priceless collections and unique rarities were lost in the fires. Lovers of national history turned their attention to search for the new artifacts and their introduction into the scientific sphere. As a result of this passion, private collections were actively forming, and in the 19th century, Russian history and art pieces became a significant part of them. The so-called Russian Museum of P.F. Karabanov became one of these collections. He began acquiring objects of Russian ancientry in the 1790s, long before the uprise of mass interest in this phenomenon. Pavel Fyodorovich was the heir of old Russian nobles, where family relics were carefully preserved. He had been creating his domestic museum for more than fifty years. By the mid-19th century, the collection was already quite extensive consisting of a museum section that included works of decorative and applied art, a library with valuable manuscripts, old printed books and autographs of famous Russians, there was also a print room and a numismatics gallery. Contemporaries called P.F. Karabanov’s Museum "the second Armoury Chamber".
Moscow Kremlin Museums 
The Imprint of the Epoch. Vladimir Lagrange
Lumiere Gallery presents the exhibition project “The Imprint of the Epoch. Vladimir Lagrange”, dedicated to the anniversary of the author. Vladimir Lagrange (1939-2022), who would have turned 85, went down in the history of Soviet photography primarily as an outstanding reporter of the “Thaw” era. The sharpness of perception and sensitivity to the heroes of his time became decisive in the work of the master. His lust for life and tireless creative searches have been embodied in a rich visual archive, with which the Lumiere Gallery has been working for more than twenty years. The project was based on little-known works by Lagrange, revealing one of the most productive periods of the author’s work: “Installation of power lines, 1971”, “Intermission in the Kremlin, 1960s”, “Hooray, holidays! 1984”. The presented plots with portraits of workers, images of thawed childhood and essays on the instructions of the publishing house offer a deeper study of the author’s work. The exhibition also featured iconic works beloved by collectors and photography enthusiasts, such as “Goalkeeper, 1961”, “To work. Moscow, 1967”, “In a hurry. The 1960s”, “Young ballerinas, 1962”.
Lumiere Gallery 
Tinkoff City: Andy Warhol and Russian Art
The new show will include more than 60 works by Andy Warhol and another 50 by contemporary Russian artists from private collections. The exhibition is organized in cooperation with our general partner Tinkoff City. In the 1960s, Andy Warhol said about himself: «I’ll be your mirror.» The artist, who became an icon of pop art during his lifetime, proved to be a major influence not only on American art of the second half of the 20th century but also on global art trends. Warhol's works, in which he addressed themes such as fame, wealth, advertising, and consumerism, gave rise to a brand new approach to the philosophy of art and a new type of an artist’s persona. «Warhol’s brand» was an important beacon for Russian artists during the formative years of contemporary Russian art and the emergence of an art market in the country. During that period, analyzing Soviet history using the devices of American pop art became a popular practice with local artists but, instead of exploring the cult of consumerism, they explored the cult of consuming ideological products. The goal of this exhibition is to start a dialog between works by Andy Warhol and some of Russia’s leading artists and spotlight the diversity, depth, and legacy of the creative methods employed by the king of American pop art.
Jewish Museum & Tolerance Center 
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