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Expressionism in Russian Art

Wassily Kandinsky. Murnau. Summer Landscape. 1909. Oil on cardboard. 34x46. State Russian Museum
20 september 2018—19 november 2018
“Expressionism in Russian Art” continues an ongoing exhibition project on the major styles and movements in Russian art of the 20th century (exhibitions “Russian Symbolism,” “Impressionism in Russia,” “Russian Neoclassicism”). Over the first three decades of the 20th century, Expressionism not only embraced all kinds of visual art in Europe and North America, but also influenced literature, music, theater, and cinema, as well as people’s view of life. In each country, an original national version of the international movement was formed.

Expressionist painting and graphic art are often on display in Russian avant-garde exhibitions both in Russia and abroad, along with Cubist, Futurist, and Abstractionist works. However, this is the first time that Russian Expressionism is in the spotlight of a monographic exhibition. The show reveals national traits of the movement, trends of its development at different stages, and particular stylistic features in the works by its most prominent masters. The exhibition is based on the Russian Museum’s rich collections of painting, graphic art, print, and sculpture.

The exhibition consists of around 350 works created between the 1900s and the mid-1930s. They reflect the spiritual search of Russian people over a few turning points in national history. Along with works by N. Goncharova, M. Larionov, W. Kandinsky, M. Chagall, and P. Filonov, that are known worldwide as masterpieces of Expressionist art, lesser-known artworks are shown, such as those by members of groups “Union of Youth,” “Donkey’s Tail,” “Jack of Diamonds,”, “Society of Easel Artists” (OST), “Circle,” and others: B. Grigoriev, M. Le Dantu, O. Rozanova, I. Shkolnik, V. Chekrygin, V. Kozlinsky, I. Lizak, V. Ermolayeva, Yu. Shchukin, Yu. Pimenov, V. Shukhayev, etc. 

For the first time ever, Russian Expressionist prints — easel graphic works, illustrated books, and posters — will be presented to the public.


General sponsor Bank VTB (PAO)
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The Union of Youth

The Union of Youth

4 july—2 september 2019

The exhibition of the first avant-garde association of Russia will present about 200 items: paintings, graphics, scenographic projects, as well as posters and archival materials.

Angels of the 20th and 21st Centuries

Angels of the 20th and 21st Centuries

13 june—19 august 2019

The exhibition will trace the pictorial and semantic metamorphosis of the image of the angel in fine arts from modernism, symbolism, and avant-garde to the art of our contemporaries.

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