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Andrei Volkov. The Preservation of Time

A. Volkov. Do no Blink. 2017. Oil on canvas. Diameter - 150 cm
19 july—27 august 2018
A master of contemporary abstract painting, Andrei Volkov comes from a dynasty of artists begun by a prominent Russian painter of the first half of the 20th century, Alexander Nikolaevich Volkov, who painted “Pomegranate-Coloured Tearoom” (1924) from the collection of the Tretyakov Gallery. 

Andrei Volkov began to exhibit his works in 1986 with figurative paintings, in which pure color began to prevail. His formation as an artist would have been impossible without the American abstraction of line, in particular, the works by Barnett Newman, Ad Reinhardt, and Ellsworth Kelly. He deliberately moved away from subject matter and figurativity, having chosen ‘formal’ qualities of the painting, such as plane and line, surface and color. Red became his favorite color.

Andrei Volkov is now one of the most radical abstract painters among Russian artists. His compositions, distinguished by the materiality of color, juxtapose depth and surface, dynamic and static, the space of painting and the space of reality mirrored in it. The artist uses actually reflecting surfaces, in which the viewer is mirrored, altering the space of an abstract painting with their presence. 

The viewer is invited to interact with the painting, to engage in a visual dialogue, in course of which they might acquire new sensual and mental experience, an experience of freeing oneself from mundane reality by establishing a contact with the reality of abstract art. 

A. Volkov. Scary Tales #3. 2016-2017. Oil on canvas. 190 х 120 cm A. Volkov. N/N. 2015. Oil on canvas. 170 х 140 cm A. Volkov.  Y/B/S. 2017. Mixed media on canvas. 100 х 70 cm A. Volkov.  07.08.2017.  Oil on canvas.  Diameter 150 cm A. Volkov. P. V. 2017. Oil on canvas. 100 х 70 cm

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Russian Daily Life in the Sculpture of the 19th and 20th Centuries

Russian Daily Life in the Sculpture of the 19th and 20th Centuries

22 november 2018—14 january 2019

The exhibition presents a “cross-section of Russian life” in genre scuplture from the mid-19th century to the present day.

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Timur Novikov (1958–2002). On the 60th anniversary of the artist’s birth

Timur Novikov (1958–2002). On the 60th anniversary of the artist’s birth

24 september—12 november 2018

The exhibition of seven works from the collection of the Russian Museum is a tribute to the memory of Timur Novikov, an outstanding artist and cultural figure of the late 20th century.

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