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JOHANNES SWEINSSON KJARVAL1885-1972

Inspiration (Rainbow). 1929 Oil on cardboard Reykjavík Art Museum
26 september 2013—4 november 2013
This retrospective exhibition presents key-works from the creative oeuvre of Kjarval (his full name was Jóhannes Sveinsson Kjarval), who was one of the pioneers of Icelandic visual art. During his long career as a painter, from 1918, when he completed his art studies, until the 1960s, his essential philosophy remained the same - that nature is alive. Kjarval developed his own view of nature, which was expressed so powerfully in his art. The aspects of nature he chose as his subjects were mountains, lava fields, and the moss that typically grows in the lava. In the familiar, the modest, Kjarval discerned a glorious complexity and beauty: the expanses of lava glow in the light; stones speak; and mysterious life comes into being. In 1973, the City of Reykjavík opened a museum dedicated to Kjarval's art, entitled Karvalsstadir, which lent many of the works in the exhibition.

Singing Spring. 1939 Oil on canvas. Reykjavík Art Museum Mt. Lómagnúpur. 1944 Oil on linen Reykjavík Art Museum Warrior Maiden. 1961 Oil on linen 101 x 152 Reykjavík Art Museum From Þingvellir. 1962 Oil on linen Reykjavík Art Museum Two Birds. 1945 Ink on paper Reykjavík Art Museum Landscape by a Beach. Undated Ink on paper Reykjavík Art Museum Above Clouds (Butterfly Strokes). 1967 Oil on paper glued on canvas Reykjavík Art Museum Icelandic Melody. 1949 Oil on linen National Gallery of Iceland Snow and Gully, Winter Scene from Þingvellir. 1954 Oil on linen. Reykjavík Art Museum

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Andrei Bliok

Andrei Bliok

6 december 2017—5 march 2018

A solo exhibition of 80 painting and 20 graphic works by Andrei N. Bliok, bearer of the honorary title People’s Artist of the Russian Federation. Bliok’s oeuvre takes its origin from the high traditions of the Western European classical art and the Russian realism, transformed by the individual world perception of a painter of today.

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Susan Swartz

Susan Swartz

29 november 2017—28 january 2018

The first exhibition of works by contemporary American artist Susan Swartz in Russia amasses around 100 paintings of various years from the collections of foreign museums, private collections, and the artist’s personal archive. Susan Swartz’s abstract paintings evoke landscapes hidden deeply in the color haze.

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