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Arts Calendar / October 5 / Exhibitions
A Sense of Home
From July 25 to October 30, 2022, the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center hosts the photo exhibition A Sense of Home. The project presents the works of 12 photographers: Dima Zharov, Olga Isakson, Marina Merkulova, Daria Nazarova, Julia Nevskaya, Vladislav Nekrasov, Stanislava Novgorodtseva, Vladimir Sevrinovsky, Fyodor Telkov, Yuri Fokin, Stanislav Chekmaev, Anastasia Yakovitskaya. The exhibition is organized jointly with research project ‘Reserve’ (Public Opinion Foundation). Each story presented in the exhibition will show how emotional connections are formed with the place a person calls home. Today, talking about home can become the focus of attempts to find enduring and universal personal meaning. At the same time, the word ‘home’ can mean a refuge — home to several generations of the family — baggage we carry around, a place of childhood memories collected inside us, or the hotel room we stayed in for just a few months. Seventeen photo stories will take viewers to different parts of Russia; from the Gulf of Finland to Birobidzhan, from the Taimyr Peninsula to North Ossetia. Especially for the exhibition, the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center prepared excursions for visitors with special needs: regular excursions in Russian sign language, excursions with audio descriptions, and tours facilitated for visitors with mental disabilities.
Jewish Museum & Tolerance Center 
Diaghilev. The Dress Rehearsal
The new exhibition project of the Tretyakov Gallery commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the outstanding impresario Sergei Diaghilev. Diaghilev was an art critic and a founder of the World of Art Association and Journal, and he organized exhibitions and wrote articles and books. However, Diaghilev is best known as a ballet entrepreneur. The famous "Russian Ballets" were a true revolution in theatre, as the dancers and choreographers involved created a 20th century ballet, and the artists defined the principles for the design of theatre performances that are still relevant today. Even then Diaghilev was perfectly aware of the importance of advertising, and he would prepare his audience for upcoming spectacles, and the open dress rehearsals and special screenings for journalists, critics and influential people would often determine the destiny of a future performance.
Tretyakov Gallery at Krymsky Val 
Frida. Viva la vida!
Frida Kahlo's life and work have been inspiring the world for decades. Among artists, she was a champion for overcoming personal tragedies and disappointments. Frida's story is "two big accidents: one when the bus hit the streetcar, the other when Diego Rivera hit it," 33 surgeries and 145 paintings. Most of her work is self-portraits. "Sometimes I ask myself, weren't my paintings more works of literature than paintings? They were a kind of diary, a correspondence that I kept all my life. I was deprived of three children and much else to fill my nightmarish life. My art is the most complete biography I could write," Frida confessed in her diary." The artist used her talent to portray her own experiences, facing challenges that would probably have broken someone less resilient. Her paintings, full of symbols and allegories, rooted deep in Mexican tradition, mythology, and Buddhism, mainly draw the viewer's attention to the artist's physical condition and to her relationship with her husband Diego, rich in infidelity and breakups. Frida's work - in form reminiscent of naive art with hints of surrealism - has become the embodiment of Mexican folk art, fashion and women's freedom, with the result that the artist has been made an icon of feminism.
Artplay na Yauze 
Gustav Klimt. Gold of Modernism
Portraits, landscapes and images of nude female nature in the format of an immersive show. Exciting, sensual, innovative - those epithets accurately describe the paintings of Gustav Klimt. At the exhibition “Gustav Klimt. The Gold of Modernism” you will not only see all the major works that provided the artist with a world-wide fame, but thanks to the Cinema360 technology you will plunge inside his canvases. The oeuvres of his “golden period” literally glow from the inside and are comparable in it power on the spectator with icons. The hall space flooded with golden light represents a total multimedia installation immersing the spectator into the sensual world of female images surrounded by a charming music. The total projection area is 1200 sq.m. Portraits, landscapes, decorative compositions and images of nude nature, which carried out a revolutionary takeover in Viennese painting, are presented at the exhibition in the format of a bright and spectacular immersive show. Surrounded by music and color, the spectator seems to be flooded in a magical world.
Artplay na Yauze 
In the Language of Art
The exhibition "In the Language of Art" presents to visitors works from the Fine Arts collection, reflecting the richness of the Russian painting trends in the second half of the XX century. In recent decades, classical pictorial art has become, in a sense, the elitist phenomenon: due to the increasing intrusion of computer technology into the culture, the figure of the artist with the brush in his hand is becoming more exotic every year. Nevertheless, modern artists who have chosen the path of the painter do not just follow the canons of the bygone century, but also modify them, enriching them with individual skill. This is how genuine masterpieces are born, in which the familiar world opening from the window appears as the symbol of the Motherland. Already in the early 1960s, the new generation of artists was formed. With the advent of the Khrushchev thaw, the active search for new artistic forms capable of adequately expressing the essence of the rapidly changing time began. Within the framework of the single realistic direction, new styles began to emerge; long-forgotten methods and traditions were tested. At the same time, the academic school of Russian realism was not forgotten. Enriched with deep psychologism of images and comprehension of the recent past epochal events, it found the new embodiment in the works of such masters as V. Bakshaev ("Taiga Landing", "Students") and Y. Raksha ("Builders. Our Drilling Rig").
Museum of Contemporary History of Russia 
Jolie Alien. Dry Urtica
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art with the support of the a-s-t-r-a gallery present Dry Urtica, an exhibition by artist Jolie Alien. Her first solo museum exhibition includes the artworks of the past years. Alien’s art juxtaposes the contemporary culture symbols with personal myth. The lack of perspective, the imitation of childlike simplicity, the occurrence of fragments of inscriptions and expressiveness, next to surrealistic images, create a special feeling of turbulence. The original idea for the exhibition at MMOMA was based on the concept of the Garden of Eden in Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy. The garden became the starting point and the collective image of the entire project. At some point it itself began to create semantic connections. Growing, mutating, fading and regenerating, it took over the spaces of the exhibition halls. It started a dialogue with the works and went far beyond the connotations of «paradise». One way or another the gardens are present in the exposition space, weaving their disobedient branches into the very history of the museum building. MMOMA’s venue, the house of Gubin’s house — once a city homestead — used to be surrounded by a garden, a greenhouse, and a pond. The ghost of that history is embodied in the metal frame erected in the large exhibit hall. In search for an artistic form, Alien turns to the sensory experience and to the experience of today’s reality. The fleeting nature of time and the human desire to capture it with technical devices are the key themes of the last hall.
Moscow Museum of Modern Art  
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 
Mat Collishaw. The Machine Zone
Mat Collishaw is one of the most significant and compelling artists in contemporary British art. With an early foundation at Goldsmiths College, Collishaw formed part of the legendary movement of Young British Artists (YBA’s). He was one of 16 young artists who participated in the seminal Freeze exhibition organized by Damien Hirst in 1988 as well as the provocative Sensation show of 1997. Throughout his 30-year career, Collishaw has contemplated the nature of the human subconscious and explored ways to influence it through various media. Through optical illusions, paintings, projections and moving sculptures, the artist creates works and scenarios that directly and unconsciously engage their viewers. The works encourage us to think about fundamental questions of psychology, history, sociology and science. Behind the richness and visual appeal of each work there is a deep exploration of how we perceive and are influenced by the world today through images, and modern technology. Questions regarding behavioral manipulation, programming, temporal reality all linger in the viewing experience. Visitors must present a QR code and an identity document.
Gary Tatinsian Art Gallery 
Rejected Masterpieces. Pavel Tretyakov’s Challenge
Twenty most “highly acclaimed” works in the history of Russian art were selected for the project “Rejected Masterpieces. Pavel Tretyakov’s Challenge”. The project is to show how these canvases were received by their contemporaries and how aesthetic ideas and preferences have changed over the years. When these paintings first appeared in public and became the focus of discussions of the professional community, they caused not only debate and disputes, but also antagonism, rejection, and even smear campaigns (up to censorship banning exhibiting, and removal from exhibitions and from catalogs). But today the permanent exposition of a major Russian museum is unthinkable without them. It is not easy for us to imagine why their contemporaries found these canvases that now have pride of place in the collection, so unacceptable. What could be annoying in Surikov’s “Boyar Morozova” or Kuindzhi’s “Birch Grove”? What could outrage in Vasnetsov’s “After the Battle ...”, why was Perov’s “Rural Religious Procession at Easter” removed from the exhibition and why was Repin’s painting “Ivan the Terrible and his Son Ivan….” banned from exhibition? The project is aimed at finding answers to these questions. Throughout his journey as a collector, Tretyakov acquired controversial items that shocked the public and provoked discussions in the art world. He fearlessly purchased works that were not approved of by the art authorities. Tretyakov’s contemporaries criticized him for not making “right choices” and disapproved of many of his acquisitions. By modern standards, their attacks do not stand up to criticism, as the collector’s views and tactics have proven so far-sighted. Tretyakov wrote on many occasions that only later generations would be able to give an unbiased assessment of his collection, because time would be the true judge. Three paintings out of twenty in the project were created during the collector’s lifetime,...
Tretyakov Gallery at Lavrushinsky Lane 
Sergius of Radonezh
The exhibition in the state anteroom of the Armoury Chamber is dedicated to one of the most revered Russian saints – Sergius of Radonezh. It is timed to the 600th Anniversary of the saint's relics being uncovered and to the Trinity Cathedral’s construction in the Holy Trinity–St Sergius Monastery. St Sergius of Radonezh and the monastery started by him have a unique place in the history, culture, and spiritual life of Russia. Life of the saint remains an example of high moral courage, and the interest in his monastery and art of that epoch still exists. As the first of the Moscow reverends glorified by the Church and as one of the first Moscow saints, Sergius of Radonezh is of special significance to the capital and particularly to the Moscow Kremlin. The exhibition reveals various aspects of St Sergius' veneration and tells about the connections of Russian rulers with the Holy Trinity–St Sergius Monastery. The show covers a considerable time interval – from the first third of the 15th century to the beginning of the 20th century. A silver pectoral cross with one of the oldest images of St Sergius and the podea (veil) "The Apparition of Our Lady to St Sergius of Radonezh", created in the Moscow workshop of Grand Princess Maria Yaroslavna – wife of Vassily II the Blind and mother of Ivan III, – are associated with the era of Moscow grand princes.
Moscow Kremlin Museums 
Simple Forms
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents the eleventh thematic exhibition of its collection, once again located at one of the MMOMA venues at 25 Petrovka Street. This time, the curators focus their attention on the idea of artistic form in its broadest sense. In the world art of the XX century there was a clear tendency to move away from familiar images through object and anthropomorphic images. First of all, the decomposition and generalization of comprehensible images are associated in culture with the socio-political changes, upheavals and tragedies of the last century. This experience found very different forms of expression in the work of authors — from a movement toward abstract art, in which images are modified to simple geometric forms, to the complete destruction of the object world as such in favor of the domination of color or space. The versions and methods of the iconoclastic tendencies in post-war art became the main subject of the 11th thematic exposition of works from the MMOMA collection. The exhibition features pictorial, graphic, sculptural works, as well as video and photographic works by contemporary authors, consistently revealing the history of rejection of the image, while each separate room examines certain methods and techniques through which this rejection manifests itself in the work of different artists. Some authors found a new way to make a statement in pure geometric forms and used them to create metaphorical dedications to the protagonists of the time.
Moscow Museum of Modern Art  
Van Gogh. Letters to Theo
The correspondence with his brother Theo covers the two large periods when the life and creations of Van Gogh falls apart – the Dutch and French periods. Letters to Theo is a breathtaking, unique document stretching over hundreds of pages. This is a dialogue not only with the addressee, but with himself, God, and the whole world as well. It looks like a cry of pain. Visitors of this multimedia exhibition will not only see more than 400 masterpieces of Van Gogh written in different periods of his life - in the Netherlands, in Paris, in Arles, in Auvers-sur-Oise, but also hear the story told in letters from the first- person. The new and unique technology Cinema360 will help you to totally immerse yourself into the artist's oeuvres - images are not projected only on the walls, but even on the floor and on the rear projection screens that visually change the geometry of the hall.
Artplay na Yauze 
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