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Arts Calendar / September 29 / Exhibitions
Academic Drawing of the Late 18th and Early 20th Century
The Tretyakov Gallery presents an exhibition project aimed at introducing visitors to the process of learning to draw that is basic for any kind of fine art. Sections of the exposition will present various artistic learning practices that students of the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts and other art educational institutions took part in on their way to the heights of mastery: copying from originals, drawing from plaster models, attending plein-air classes, working on costume productions and in the end creating large compositions for works to be reviewed. Students who successfully mastered all artistic levels were rewarded with a bursary trip at the state expense and were given the title of Academician. The exhibition will include study drawings by prominent Russian artists, Alexander Ivanov and Alexei Yegorov, Karl Bryullov and Orest Kiprensky, Ivan Kramskoy, Ilya Repin, Vasily Polenov, Mikhail Vrubel, Mikhail Larionov and many others. Visitors will be able to explore the origins of the creative journeys of these masters and learn how their careers began. The Tretyakov Gallery has a significant collection of study materials related to the Imperial Academy of Arts, the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, as well as studios of various masters who taught at art schools. To this day, most of this material remains unknown to the general public and specialists and will be shown for the first time.
Tretyakov Art Gallery 
Age of Graphics. From Kazimir Malevich to Oleg Kudryashov
Replenishment of the graphic collection has always been a priority of the Museum. The new arrivals of graphic works were last displayed in 2003. This exhibition of acquisitions and donations will show classic masterpieces that have entered the collection of the Museum over the past 20 years. It will also reflect the main trends in the development of drawing, watercolor and engraving from the late 1910s to the early 2020s. One of the most interesting sections of the exhibition is comprised of the works by the Russian Avant-garde masters, including Kazimir Malevich, Alexander Rodchenko and Varvara Stepanova, the great «Formalist artists» Vladimir Favorsky, Konstantin Istomin and Nikolai Kupreyanov, and their immediate students and followers, Anastasia Akhtyrko, Ilya Kuleshov and Pavel Basmanov. A significant place is given to artists who determined the best features of the 1930s art, including Nikolai Lapshin, Vladimir Grinberg and Tatyana Mavrina. We will see the works by the famous artists of the 1960s and 1970s, Viktor Popkov, Nikolai Andronov and Viktor Vakidin, and representatives of the «Other Art», Vladimir Nemukhin, Mikhail Shvartsman and Yulo Sooster. Spatial and modelling solutions in Russian graphics are actively developing in the 21st century, and often take unexpected forms. The modern artistic process will be represented by the works of outstanding masters, Kirill Mamonov, Alexander Livanov, German Cheryomushkin, Vladimir Kosynkin, Galina Vanshenkina and others.
Tretyakov Gallery at Krymsky Val 
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 
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 
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 
The comprehensive display of Ilya Kabakov’s works
Ilya Kabakov (1933-2023) is the most world-famous Russian artist who created a special art that overturned perceptions of possible expositional solutions: a total installation, immersing the viewer into the space where he can hear voices of communal apartment dwellers, the space, which, despite characteristic features of life in the USSR, is regarded today as a metaphor of the mankind’s present state. Kabakov was born in Dnepropetrovsk, Soviet Union, in 1933. He studied at the VA Surikov Art Academy in Moscow, and began his career as a children's book illustrator during the 1950's. He was part of a group of Conceptual artists in Moscow who worked outside the official Soviet art system. In 1985 he received his first solo show exhibition at Dina Vierny Gallery, Paris, and he moved to the West two years later taking up a six months residency at Kunstverein Graz, Austria. In 1988 Kabakov began working with his future wife Emilia (they were to be married in 1992). From this point onwards, all their work was collaborative, in different proportions according to the specific project involved. Today Kabakov is recognized as the most important Russian artist to have emerged in the late 20th century. His installations speak as much about conditions in post-Stalinist Russia as they do about the human condition universally. Kabakov’s works are devoted to universal feelings well understood by everyone – fear, hope and dream. The small hall of Ilya Kabakov in the New Tretyakov Gallery presents one of the albums from the series ‘Ten Personages’ – Flying Komarov, picture-stand All about Him (Replies of the experimental group), authorly versions of two early pieces Berdyansk Spit and Man and Small House as well as picture-installation Mountain Lake converging painting with real clothes. Kabakov’s ‘little man’ is in the focus of all these pieces: he entrenched himself in the history of not only Russian but global art.
Tretyakov Gallery at Krymsky Val 
Under the Sun of Carthage. Alexander Rubtsov
Alexander Rubtsov is a pupil of Yan Tsionglinsky, a new mind professor whom many progressive masters of the early XX century wished to have as a teacher. Rubtsov studied in Dmitry Kordovsky’s studio from 1906 and took drawing lessons from Pavel Chistyakov. Upon graduation from the Imperial Academy of Arts he received the rank of an artist in painting and the right to a pensioner trip. Having traveled about European cities, in 1914 he found himself in Tunisia where he later decided to stay. The young painter settled in the suburbs of the Tunisian capital and traveled much about North Africa. The theme of the East occupied a very important place in Rubtsov’s artwork. He was inspired by north African landscapes, Moresque folklore, Arabian living, arts and crafts. The artist’s eclectic painterly manner received into itself various plastic systems. He often worked in plein air and was close to French post-impressionist traditions. Rubtsov skillfully conveyed the intense sunlight and bright colors typical for Tunisian landscapes; he varied shadowing elements, which enabled his French researchers to call him ‘an artist of light’. The display includes 85 painting and graphic pieces by Alexander Rubtsov as well as the works by Vasily Kandinsky who lived in Tunisia for several months in 1904 and 1905 (Mosque in Tunisia. Twilight. 1905) and Yan Tsionglinsky (Kasbah, Governor’s House. 1898).
Tretyakov Gallery at Krymsky Val 
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