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Arts Calendar / November 30 / Exhibitions
Allora & Calzadilla. Graft
The Puerto-Rico-based duo Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla present their first major solo project in Russia as part of the Garage Square Commission series. Visitors to the park and the Museum will have the unique opportunity to witness the phantom blooming of Roble Amarillo trees (Tabebuia chrysantha), a common native species in the Caribbean. Recreating the delicate yellow flowers of these tropical trees, thousands of artificial blossoms will remain scattered across Garage Square throughout the summer and winter as an enduring reminder of the increasingly rapid disappearance of the planet’s biodiversity. By using an approach that is both poetic and scientific, Allora & Calzadilla create a boundary-transcending installation that provokes a subtle yet powerful visualization of the ecological crisis which we must all collectively confront. In Graft, tropical tree flowers, scattered under the trees on Garage square become phantoms of fallen trees from an elsewhere that haunt the place where they now are present. The uncanny way in which the blossoms appear as both plausible and out of place becomes a potent harbinger for the changing environments that we have created.
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art  
Geometrics
Geometric abstraction is a form of abstract art based on the creation of an artistic image by combining various geometric shapes, coloured planes, straight and broken lines. In the national art of the mid-1950s, the resort to abstract art was widespread in the “unofficial” environment. Artists of the then young generation were getting acquainted with the language of geometric abstraction from the followers of Russian avant-garde artists or were discovering different art by visiting the storerooms of the Tretyakov Gallery and reading magazines brought from the West. The Moscow school of geometric abstraction is diverse in its manifestations; each of the masters contributed his own peculiarities to its development: Vladimir Andreenkov, Ruben Apresyan, Tatyana Badanina, Alexey Kamensky, Alyona Kirtsova, Vladimir Nemukhin, Eduard Steinberg, Aleksandr Yulikov, Valery Yurlov. The exhibition will feature the works of eight authors who worked in various forms of visual art – in painting, drawing, sculpture, objects and media.
Tretyakov Gallery at Krymsky Val 
Harry Benson: The Beatles and More
The Lumière Brothers Photography Centre presents Russia's first exhibition of photojournalist Harry Benson. He captures US presidents, from Dwight Eisenhower to Barack Obama and Donald Trump. But the Beatles pictures made Benson really world-famous. Photos of the legendary Liverpool Four will be the exhibition's highlight. Benson worked with the band from 1964 till 1966, their most productive and successful period. Harry Benson followed them, shooting concerts in France, their first trip to the United States and a performance during extremely popular Ed Sullivan's show, the Netherlands and Denmark tour, work on the first film about the band 'The Beatles. Eight Days a Week'. The exhibition will display legendary pictures, including photos of the band members with 22-year-old Muhammad Ali and 'Pillow Fight' included in the TOP 100 Most Influential Images of All Time by Time magazine. After the first trip with the Beatles to the United States in 1964, Benson decided to stay there forever. Later he translated the whole era of American history into his photographs. He captured both the most important events (the murder of Robert Kennedy, civil rights marches) and outstanding personalities — politicians, musicians and athletes. The exhibition at the Photography Centre will display pictures taken by Harry Benson between the 1960s and the 1990s: the famous 'The Clintons Kiss', the dance of the Reagan couple, Arnold Schwarzenegger jumping out of the water. Benson's photos reflect Benson's nature, they are dynamic, emotional, full of smiles and humour.
Lumiere Brothers Photogallery 
Impressionism and Spanish Art
For the first time of this scale in Russia will there be an exhibit of Spanish art from the 19th-20th centuries. The exhibit will show works by 18 Spanish artists who worked side by side with French impressionists, and took part in the first exhibits showing the new trends of European art in the 1880s. The exhibit will present works by Joaquín Sorolla, Ramon Casas, Darío de Regoyos, Marian Pidelaserra, Ignasi Mallol, Santiago Rusiñol, Ricard Canals, Ignacio Zuloaga, Joaquim Mir, and Pere Ysern. The exhibit is comprised of 57 picturesque paintings, sculptures, and graphics from thirteen museums in Spain, as well as private collections, and supplemented by two paintings from the Pushkin Museum in Moscow. Impressionism is undoubtedly the most popular and beloved style period of the second half of the 19th century. Born on French soil, Impressionism influenced art all around the world. But, perhaps the greatest influence it had was on Spanish artists. They preferred a bright, colorful palette, so that they could share with everyone the beauty of southern nature - the beautiful shade of sweeping trees, the white speckled reflection of the sun, and flowing waters. Spanish Impressionism is influenced by classical styles. One feels the link to traditional art reminiscent of 17th century Velasquez or 18th century Goya. 13 Spanish museums participated in this project, including the National Museum of Art of Catalonia, Museum of Montserrat, Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando and Carmen-Thyssen Bornemisza Collection, among others.
Museum of Russian Impressionism 
Ivan Pokhitonov
The exhibition is dedicated to the 170th birth anniversary of Ivan Pavlovich Pokhitonov (1850–1923), one of the most original Russian landscape painters of the second half of the 19th – the first decades of the 20th century. His work organically combines the heartfelt and poetic view of the world, typical of Russian mood landscape, and strict exactingness to the painting quality of his works adopted from the artists of the Barbizon school. Pokhitonov developed an original artistic style that allowed him, with a very small size of paintings, to express all the characteristics of his native nature of Little Russia, the picturesque richness of French, Italian and Belgian landscapes. The exhibition provides an opportunity to fathom the particularities of Pokhitonov’s skills, to feel the beauty, freshness and poetic charm of his miniature painting. The exposition consists of around 100 works.
Tretyakov Art Gallery 
Matisse
The Gallery of European and American Art of the XIX – XX Centuries with the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. hold the largest exhibition of work by Henri Matisse, the head of the Fauves group and one of the key figures of the world art of the twentieth century. The basis of the collection, presented at the exhibition, consists of numerous paintings from the 1890s-1910s by the artist who “painted happiness.” In the early twentieth century, most of the paintings were collected and donated to the city by the customer and patron of the painter, an ardent admirer of the new French art, textile magnate Sergei Ivanovich Schukin, who collected a collection of world-class masterpieces. Henri Matisse - painter, graphic artist, sculptor, illustrator, decorator. At the end of the twentieth century, among the diversity of genres and concepts (classics, avant-garde, impressionism, academism, salon painting), he formulated his own creative concept of “emotions through simple means” and sought to create works of art that are understandable and accessible to anyone. The author declared: “I just want a tired person, looking at my painting, to taste rest and rest. Art should not bother and embarrass.” Visitors to the exhibition will be able to fully enjoy the luxury of rest among the bright, joyful and energetic canvases of the French painter.
Pushkin Fine Arts Museum 
Miles Aldridge. The Taste of Color
The Lumiere Brothers Photography Center presents the first Russian exhibition of British fashion photographer Miles Aldridge, which will feature more than forty of the photographer’s most recognizable works. “The King of Color” Miles Aldridge is a favorite photographer and cover artist for magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, GQ, Vanity Fair, Numéro, The New York Times and The New Yorker. On the one hand, his works fit perfectly into the aesthetics of glossy magazines, because in terms of their visual characteristics they correspond to society’s ideas of beauty. On the other hand, they criticize the ideals of the modern world and the system of which they are a part. Aldridge always frames a woman: beautiful, sexy, strong. Moreover, she often finds herself in situations or places that emphasize the roles assigned to her by society: wife, mother, housewife, lover. The ideal femme fatale appears before the viewer as an object of consumption, part of the world of consumerism.
Lumiere Brothers Photogallery 
Naturally Naked
The study and depiction of the human body has always been an important topic in art history, from the primitive forms of Venus of Willendorf to the erotic ornamental paintings of Gustav Klimt. Depiction of nudity with elements of eroticism, often ahead of the traditions and norms of its time, has invariably encountered problems with the repression of sexuality. Contemporary art, with its freedom to choose the method of representation, has focused on conceptual issues of the depiction of the human body. Modern conceptual painting and sculpture represent the human body as it is, not idealizing its image, but rather deliberately deforming, exaggerating and focusing on the imperfections inherent to real life. Against the backdrop of the rapid development of modern technologies, social networks, the media and options for self-expression, the human body is ceasing to be subject matter and is becoming the main tool for artists’ self-expression. Using various artistic techniques, from ironic allusion to grotesque, in painting, hyperrealism and photorealism, the artist becomes a sort of initiator of a discussion to express problematic societal issues and the phenomenon of the “naturally naked” person in the eyes of modern society.
Gary Tatinsian Art Gallery 
Peter the Great. Collector, Scholar, Artist.
The epoch of Peter the Great is usually associated with colossal reforms and bright victories. The Tsar is much less known as the patron of arts and science and the founder of the first national public museum. His activities gave the country both brand new perception of the world and its place there. Collections of Peter the Great, both scientific and artistic, revealed new horizons for the Russian society, changed attitude towards current context, stimulated the interest of discoverers, statesmen, philanthropists as well as beauty connoisseurs. The aim of the exhibition is to demonstrate the significance and the revolutionary character of Peter the Great’s reforms concerning patronage of arts and science. It is the international exhibition project—the museums of Germany, Holland and the UK give on loan unique pieces from their collections. Apart from that many Russian museums, archives and libraries are actively involved in this project. The display includes about 200 pieces, viz memorial objects, unique archival documents, regalia, magnificent samples of ceremonial arms and armour, outstanding works of jewellery, paintings, sculptures, glyptics, medals and coins, scientific instruments that belonged to Peter the Great, objects from his ‘Chinese’ and ‘Siberia’ collections, as well as rare books and drawings with the records of historical, art and science collections of Peter the Great, which laid the foundation for the first public museum in Russia—Kunstkamera.
Moscow Kremlin Museums 
Robostation
Robostation is the only in Moscow exhibition of robots and engineering technologies, dedicated to inspire kids to become engineers and celebrate the achievements in robotics. Situated at VDNkH - the biggest and one of the most popular public spaces of the capital city of Russia - exhibition invites kids and grown ups to learn everything about the future. Interact and communicate with robots from all over the world! Robostation offers multiple edutainment activities, scientific shows and workshops. It features even a Robocafé and a Robomarket. Here, robots dance and sing, recite poems and demonstrate their own inside. What’s more, the boxer robot fights and the dog robot wags its tail! Come and learn more about robotics!
VDNkH 
Russian Jordaens. Paintings by Jacob Jordaens from Russian Collections
The Pushkin State Museum presents the exhibition “Russian Jordaens. Paintings and Drawings by Jacob Jordaens from Russian Collections,” which will feature landmark pieces of Flemish artist Jacob (Jacques) Jordaens and convey the interest shown for his works in Russia. The exhibition will be the first to present almost all of the master’s paintings and drawings that are held in Russian museums: the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, the State Hermitage Museum, the Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts, the Nizhny Novgorod State Art Museum, and the Perm State Art Gallery. One of the works will be displayed courtesy of the Holy Trinity Cathedral of the Alexander Nevsky Lavra in St. Petersburg. The exhibition shall comprise 18 paintings and 31 drawings reflecting the milestones of Jordaens’s artistic journey, the diversity of his themes and genres, and the evolution of his style. Russian museums hold a small but interesting collection of works by Jordaens, boasting his best pieces of art in almost all genres. Most of them arrived in Russia as early as the second half of the 18th century and originated from the best European collections of that time.
Pushkin Fine Arts Museum 
The Coming World: Ecology as the New Politics 2030–2100
The time has come to change our understanding of the environment. The more we think of “nature” as independent from us, the more we distance ourselves from the changing world. Humans are a part of the ecosystem, meaning our everyday activities shape our future. The Coming World: Ecology as the New Politics 2030–2100 is a major exhibition project that brings together historical and new works by over 50 Russian and international artists and will occupy the entire Museum building. It takes a look at a future already in the making, when the environmental agenda will become one of the main political questions.
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art  
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