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MAXIM KANTOR

Waiting Room. 2012. Oil on canvas. 220х240
20 june 2012—20 july 2012
The exhibition presents the creative oeuvre of the modern artist and writer who had already received the recognition in the 1980’s in the Western World but till nowadays is less known to the Russian viewer. The exposition includes painting and graphic works of different years that reveal the characteristic features of Maxim Kantor’s searches that are connected with the actual problems of the modern global world.

The major theme of the artist’s creative oeuvre is the analytical treatment of condition of the Russian and Western society within the framework of the historical, genre and portrait images. The heroes of the presented works are the well-known politics, religious figures and writers together with common men who are permanently included in the contradictory process that does not have distinct aim and defined temporal and ethical coordinates. The evidently expressed social trend of Maxim Kantor’s art, that traces back to the tradition of the Critical realism of the 19th century, finds its embodiment in the expressive plastic language based on the dislodgements of the forms and intense contrast combinations of colors. In his paintings (State, Lonely Crowd) and in the Metropolis and Vulkanus graphic cycles Maxim Kantor aspires for visualization of structure of the modern social world order and of the power that in evident or concealed form determines the human fates.

Haute Couture. 2004. Oil on canvas. 290х235 Hospital. 1988. Oil on canvas. 150х200 Requiem for the Terrorist. 2003-2004. Oil on canvas. 260х240 Train. 2012. Oil on canvas. 140х180 Sacred Procession. 2010. Oil on canvas. 220x240 Lonely Crowd. Oil on canvas. 200x240 Leo Tolstoy. 2007. Oil on canvas. 220х200

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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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