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Adventures of the Black Square by Kazimir Malevich

28 june 2007—15 october 2007
As it approaches its centenary, the Black Square still retains its status as the most radical object in Russian art. The square continues to excite our hearts and minds, remaining enigmatic and incomprehensible. New generations still look with hope or indignation into its "black, straight abyss…" The exhibition enables to follow various transformations of this image. And what has not happened to our poor square! It has been quoted, copied, analyzed and criticized. Trampled, transformed, conquered, deciphered and even buried. Abridged and magnified, subjected to x-rays and "painterly working." Camouflaged, burnt, beaten, washed and eaten. Dug up, planted and created from berries, coins, seeds, flies and even worms. Or, alternatively, elevated to a state of gold. It has been manufactured from corrugated paper, rough fabric, rubber and even petroleum, spread out on Red Square, given spectacles, boots and wheels, made to look and speak, turned into plastic bags, pillows, traditional knickknacks, a hunk of black bread, card table, computer screen, window and cosmic space. The square has been packed off on a tour of St Petersburg, through the history of Russian and world of art, and attached to personal biographies. It has been uncovered in reality — in the shadows of Tibet, on the roofs and walls of urban houses and on the gates of a wooden barn. The artists (according to the words of one of the participants of the project about "symmetrical" Gioconda) perceive the Black Square as "an interactive polygon for the testing of new ideas." The modern interest in the creation of new versions of the Black Square is largely the service of Malevich himself. He is the main force behind the adventures of his child. The master painted several pictures on this "subject" and confirmed the square as a universal formula — the primordial Suprematist "cell," transformed into new geometric configurations. He falsified its date of birth and employed it as the emblem of Suprematism, the UNOVIS party symbol, a philosophical concept and his own personal signature.
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Igor Grabar. For the 150th Anniversary of the Artist's Birth

Igor Grabar. For the 150th Anniversary of the Artist's Birth

22 july—20 september 2021

The exhibition dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the artist presents more than 120 paintings made in 1880s - 1950s. The exposition will include works from 17 Russian museums, as well as private collections in both Russian capitals.

Ivan Shishkin. 1832–1898

Ivan Shishkin. 1832–1898

23 june—30 august 2021

The work of Ivan Shishkin (1832–1898) occupies a special place in history of Russian art. The major exhibition from the funds of the Russian Museum will provide an opportunity to get acquainted with the unique talent of the greatest master of Russian landscape in all its diversity.

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Virtual tour of the museum complex. 2009 (Rus., Eng., Ger., Fin.)

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