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Oleg Vassilyev. Memory Speaks. Themes and Variations

27 january 2005—23 february 2005
This first retrospective exhibition of Oleg Vassiliev's works held in Russia introduces the oeuvre of one of the protagonists of the unofficial art of the 1950s-1960s. Oleg Vassiliev's works, a poetic interpretation of the past and the present life, reflections on the concepts of space, light, and colour. A lyric who has found his own style and theme in painting, in the Soviet times he was known only as an illustrator of books for children. The present show, which comprises more than 100 works of painting and graphic art from museum and private collections of Russia and the USA, allows Russian public to re-discover the oeuvre of the artist, who has lives and worked in the USA since 1990. Oleg Vassiliev was born in Moscow in 1931. In 1947-1952 he attended an art school, in 1958 -graduated from the graphic department of the V.I.Surikov State Art Institute. Since the early 1960s, together with Eric Bulatov, he earned his living illustrating books for children. They collaborated successfully for 33 years. The time free from illustrating publications was devoted to oeuvre. In the 1960s Vassiliev investigated the abilities of painting as a specific language. Using Favorsky's system as a base, he studied the "picture world" problem, the world's surfaces and boundaries, the inner energetic currents, the way objects and space transform within the canvas. In was then that certain themes emerged; those have stayed in Vassiliev's oeuvre well after he left Russia, and are still present: memories of home, roads, woods, fields, friends, family. From the 1980s onwards Oleg Vassiliev;s works of art have been exhibited throughout Europe - in Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain, - as well as in the USA. This exhibition has been organised together with the State Tretyakov Gallery and the Kolodzei Art Foundation (the USA). A catalogue for the exhibition has been published.
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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—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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