On May 26, the museum will open the third exhibition from the “Opening Funds” cycle, which will present the graphics of the 20s – 30s of the twentieth century from the museum collection.
The aim of the project is to provide a deeper coverage of the artistic features of different periods in the history of Russian art, and to continue acquaintance of visitors with the museum’s collection. The exhibitions thematically and substantively supplement and expand the material of the permanent exhibition, updated in 2020.
The art of the interwar decades developed in a situation of revolutionary transformations. The colorful, diverse artistic life of the 1920s changed significantly in the next decade, when all creative groups, except for those officially established, ceased to exist, and realism, understood more and more unambiguously, was established as an aesthetic basis.
However, even in the most severe years, artists have a space of free creativity – this is a topic of private life, everyday life. Drawings made “for myself”, based on the internal needs of the author, were not intended for wide exposure. They are distinguished by sincerity and lyricism, light irony and genuine interest in what is portrayed. Without heroism and pathos, they affirm the poetry of private human existence. V.A. Milashevsky, in drawings made as if “casually”, in a characteristic spontaneous artistic manner, recorded a moment in the fleeting movement of life. With humor and keen observation, the communal “charms” of the harsh everyday life are noted in the drawing by V.N. Vakidin “Inhabitants of the House” (1934). Modest, devoid of external showiness and any virtuosity, small drawings by K.K. Zefirova convey the calm and natural state of the most familiar things.
One of the central themes in the art of the 1920s and 1930s is the image of a contemporary. It is natural for artists to turn to the portrait genre, in which an attempt is made to combine purely individual features with typical ones, reflecting the social characteristics of the model. The image of the “new man” was romanticized in the watercolor drawings by NS. Troshina, V.A. Zhdanov, their heroes clearly characterize their era, imbued with the pathos of reorganizing the foundations of life. The lyrical note sounds distinctly in N.M. Chernysheva, in the drawings of thin and fragile teenage girls in the charm of the transitional age from childhood to girlhood, full of severity, purity and grace. The transfer of portrait resemblance did not captivate the artist, in his heroines he sought to reflect “the expression of young faces” and “inner excitement by the visions of the opening world” …
A visit to the exhibition is included in the cost of an admission ticket to the main exposition of the museum.
Members of the Union of Artists (upon presentation of a certificate) – free
Photography: mobile devices, camera (without flash) – free
The exhibition will run until July 25, 2021.