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Boris Alexandrovich Smirnov (1903-1986). Graphics, art glass

5 february 2004—10 march 2004
The exhibition is devoted to the centenary of the artist's birthday. Boris Alexandrovich Smirnov is a classic master of applied art, one of the founders of the Russian school of art glass. The exhibition introduces mainly the artist's graphic works. It also shows principal works of art glass created by Boris Smirnov. Having graduated from the architectural faculty of the Academy of Arts in 1927, Boris Smirnov started to work actively as an architect. He was engaged in building of apartment houses, factories, hospitals, theatres and, in particular, the Vsevolod Meyerkhold Theatre. At the same time he projected household things, was engaged in book design and publicity. As well as many young architects of that period, he worked a lot on drawing with enthusiasm. During the Second World War Boris Smirnov, being an officer of the Baltic Navy, camouflaged military and civil establishments. From 1948 onwards, Boris Smirnov worked at the Leningrad factory of art glass with Vera Mukhina and Edouard Krimmer, a student of Kazimir Malevich. Soon Boris Smirnov became the brightest figure of the soviet art glass-making: he generated production and creative ideas, made works becoming the classics of applied art. In the mature oeuvre, Boris Smirnov, inventively solving utilitarian problems, frequently showed paradoxical, unexpected and forward comprehension of function.
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Vasily Vereshchagin. To the 175th Anniversary of the Artist

Vasily Vereshchagin. To the 175th Anniversary of the Artist

20 april—24 july 2017

The exhibition is dedicated to the 175-th anniversary of Vasily Vereshchagin, world-known Russian artist famous mainly for his battle pieces.

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The Art of Novgorod the Great in the Time of Prelate Macarius

The Art of Novgorod the Great in the Time of Prelate Macarius

12 april—1 august 2017

The XVIth century in Novgorod’s art history is a time of true rise but it still has never been an object of a special exhibition project and shown as a whole artistic phenomenon.

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