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Sasha Okun. Where Art Thou?

Sasha Okun. Man fighting a wasp off. 2016
27 june 2019—29 july 2019
Sasha Okun is a famous Jerusalem artist, a teacher at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, art historian, writer, journalist, author of novels, short stories, local history and cooking books.

Born in 1949 in Leningrad, as a child he studied painting at the legendary studio of S.D. Levin at the Palace of Pioneers. In 1971, he graduated from the Faculty of Industrial Design (1971) of the V.I. Mukhina School (now the Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design). In the 1970s, he was a member of the Alef group, participated in the famous non-conformist exhibitions at the Gaza House of Culture and Nevsky House of Culture. In 1979, he repatriated to Israel.

The main theme of Okun's art is human physicality embodied in the materiality of painting. Okun is a talented narrator: he renders everyday scenes as parables, maintaining their natural vividness and boldness. Sometimes, he exaggerates physiological details to the point of grotesque, but at the same time, he is far from mocking his characters. On the contrary, Okun's painting is all about the glorification of vitality which exists in spite of any conventions and limitations.

The exhibition at the Russian Museum will feature 33 paintings by the artist.

The exhibition is held with the support of the Consulate General of the State of Israel in St. Petersburg.
Генеральное Консульство Государства Израиль в Санкт-Петербурге

Sasha Okun. The Prodigal Son. 2016 Sasha Okun. Bathing in the Dead Sea. 2017 Sasha Okun. Three Women. 2016

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Echo of Expressionism

Echo of Expressionism

23 january—9 march 2020

The exhibition for the first time reconstructs the history of Leningrad Expressionism in the unity and diversity of the ways of the plastic form development. Presented artworks closely converge, but their authors, as a rule, did not intersect in life.

Nikolay Rybakov. Yeniseian Routes

Nikolay Rybakov. Yeniseian Routes

21 november 2019—14 january 2020

The exhibition of Honored Artist of the Russian Federation Nikolai Rybakov presents more than 70 works: paintings, graphic works, and enamels.

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