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Bernd Schwarzer. Europa

4 december 2003—19 january 2004
This retrospective exhibition introduces oeuvre of the 1970s-2003 of the modern German artist - Bernd Schwarzer. He depicts both bright and dark pages of German and European history and calls upon to forget neither of the two sides. The artist sees himself as a pondering chronicler whose searching look investigates the world around him and seeks truth in our days. Bernd Schwarzer was born in 1954 in Weimar, a city in eastern Germany. Before the Berlin Wall was built, his family moved to Dusseldorf on the Rhine, a centre of West German capitalism and at the same time a centre of new art. In 1976 Schwarzer entered The Fachhochschule fur Kunst und Design in Cologne. Werner Schriefers, one of the leading German representatives of, originally French, Informel trend, was his teacher. Showing himself as a politically topical artist, Schwarzer followed Joseph Beuys, who greatly influenced Schwarzer while being his teacher. Strong political spirits can be felt already in his early works. The artist reacts to every change, be it in Germany or somewhere else in the world. The three colours of the German flag - black, red, and golden - are present practically in all his works. They serve as a certain prism, through which the artist shows his evaluation of international events. Since the early eighties, a new colour and a new shape appear in Schwarzer's works. Blue colour and the form of circle - the symbols of united Europe. For Schwarzer tactile quality of material, its "geological" meaning is of great importance. He takes handfuls of paint and shapes relief: paint resembles some mountain range or rolling hills with ravines. Schwarzer makes material sound vividly and symbolically. This is how he expresses his attitude to on-going events. Flags, political maps, arms and emblems, banknotes and souvenirs - that is what comprises political geography, emotionally experienced, heartfelt, scratching one's heart with all its traumas and hopes.

Bernd Schwarzer
Alexander Borovsky, The State Russian Museum

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Posters of the Revolutionary Era

Posters of the Revolutionary Era

15 september—6 november 2017

The genre of political poster in the Russian art formed and developed in the first years after the Revolution of 1917. The exhibition at the Marble palace dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Revolution presents a large-scale and impressing outlook of the birth and formation of the Soviet poster as a specific art genre on the example of the art works from the collection of the Russian Museum.

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Children of the Soviet State

Children of the Soviet State

7 september—20 november 2017

The works by painters, graphic artists, sculptors and masters of the applied arts, created in 1920-1980-s, provide a vivid image of the Soviet State smallest citizens’ life. Through the images of children of the Soviet State these art pieces reflect the pages of Soviet history – both heroic and  tragic.

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

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