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Georgiy (Gaga) Kovenchuk. 1933-2015

Tug Boat. 1990s
17 september 2015—12 october 2015
Gaga Kovenchuk - Georgy Vasilievich Kovenchuk (1933-2015) was born in Leningrad. Kovenchuk graduated from the graphic faculty of the Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture named after Ilya Repin (Alexei Pahomov's studio). His grandfather, Nicolai Kulbin was a prominent figure in art world, a theoretician of the Russian avant-garde. Kovenchuk's life is organically interlinked with artistic life of St. Petersburg with many connecting lines.

In the 1960s Kovenchuk worked in the genre of poster for the "Fighting Pencil", from 1969-1972 was the head artist of the "Avrora" magazine. Не actively worked in poster and book illustration and co-operated with theatres. His design for books "From the Notebooks of Ilya Ilf" (1966) and "Bedbug" by Vladimir Mayakovsky (1974) won "Best Book of the Year". Kovenchuk's first personal exhibition was opened in 1971, but, however, was closed by government after a few days for "formalism". Since 1988 he exhibited constantly in different French and European galleries. In 2008 his personal exhibitions were held in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

The artist's works can be found at the State Russian Museum, the State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg, the Russian National Library's Collection, in many galleries and private collections in Russia and abroad. In 2003 the artist was awarded Silver Medal of the Russian Academy of Art.

The retrospective exhibition presents around 100 works - paintings, graphic works, sculptures and posters from the artist's family collection, collection of the Russian Museum and private collections.

A Model. 2000s Rain. 2012 On a Beach. 2000s Paris in Mist. 2006 Notre-Dam. 2015 Feodosia. 1979

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The Light of Learning: Publishing and Educational Posters from the Collection of the Russian Museum

The Light of Learning: Publishing and Educational Posters from the Collection of the Russian Museum

16 december 2020—30 march 2021

The exhibition features posters from the collection of the Russian Museum, relating to education in Russia in the first third of the twentieth century. The exposition includes about 120 works of agitation art of the widest thematic range - from narrow advertising in bookstores, publishing houses and libraries to large-scale propaganda of reading, getting knowledge and education.

Gifts to the Russian Museum from Artists and Collectors. Selected Works. 1898–2019

Gifts to the Russian Museum from Artists and Collectors. Selected Works. 1898–2019

29 july 2020—30 november 2020

To mark the 125th anniversary of the Russian Museum, such an exhibition will be shown in all of its palaces, bringing together items of different epochs and donors, including the imperial family (Alexander III, Nicholas II, Grand Dukes), famous patrons of the arts and many others. General sponsor of the exhibition - VTB Bank.

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