In his youth, before his ascension to the cinematic Mount Olympus, Sylvester Stallone had intended to become an artist. After taking a course in Switzerland, over the course of nearly fifty years, he has seriously worked at his art, in parallel with his work in film.
The thing one most needs in order to interpret Stallone's work is to understand that they arise out of an inner necessity that stems from when the amount of accumulated knowledge, sensations and feelings demand to be materialized and transitioned to a new reality. Painting, according to Stallone, is the fastest and most exact way to process and translate your subconscious.
The images and characters found in Stallone's paintings, in a way, replicate events in his creative and personal biography. But they are not portraits in the traditional understanding of the word. Frantic form and color are used in the large-scale transfigurations that breathe new life and energy into the people who surround the artist, or the celebrated actor who is the idol of millions. In his works, the subject matter reveals itself through, among other things, the title, words, letters and symbols painted directly on the surface of the canvas. The constructive subordination of separate elements to the whole is often determined by a preference given to one color or another: white, red, black. Stallone's paintings can seem beautiful or savage, skillfully done or not, but they do not leave viewers indifferent, as within them lives the mystery of experience. They express the power of human despair, suffering and hope, which is given a "voice" in painted form and comprises the positive side of the work of Stallone as an artist.
It is no accident that several of Stallone's works have been placed in the Ludwig Museum in the Russian Museum. Sylvester Stallone is an artist who both knows and highly regards the artistic output of his contemporaries, especially Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol. Works by both of these artists, among others, were donated to the Russian Museum by Peter Ludwig.
13 april—3 july 2023
Initiated to coincide with 152 years since the artist’s birth, this exhibition follows extensive research undertaken to elaborate on certain aspects of Leonid Sherwood’s artistic biography and reconstruct the history and destinies of many of his works.
2 march—19 june 2023
This exhibition spotlights the work of Malevich’s closest pupils and associates Ilya Chashnik (1902–1929) and Nikolai Suetin (1897–1954), and follows on the heels of the first two exhibitions of works from the Leporskaya archive, which featured previously unknown drawings by Kazimir Malevich and works by Leporskaya herself. It represents the final stage in the processing and study of the Russian Museum’s Leporskaya Archive.
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