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Michael Hazin

30 august 2007—1 october 2007
Fate is a concept that one cannot do without when characterizing the art of Michael Hazin. The artist thematizes this concept without foisting or pedaling the drama of the quest for national identity. The polystylism of his works is organic, coming from poetic optics corrected by fate. Michael Hazin received an excellent schooling — both in the sense of a broad professional and cultural outlook and in the sense of the academic skills of constructing form and the "madeness" of the work as an object. Hazin is fully armed with something only rarely encountered in modern art — academic mastery. The result was a long-running theme of anthropomorphic-hieroglyphic images, bent from hollow pipes, running through a large group of Hazin’s works. This theme has several planes — metaphorical, historical-cultural, purely plastic and even thematic and narrative. "Madeness" or objectivity is a typical part of the painterly component of this series. New issues appear in works by Michael Hazin that might seem to be traditionally figurative or narrative. For example, the Jewish Musicians (Klazmers) and All The World is a Circus series. The most important aspect of these series is not the life material, interesting per se and expressively "captured". Neither is it the subject drama, historical-cultural associations or appeal to cultural memory. Everything done by Hazin is ultimately directed on bringing out perception and contemplation as an event. Chronologically, Hazin’s last large-scale series is a body of twelve works, made within the bounds of the Jewish Still-Life project, created in collaboration with photographer Boris Belenkin. This project represents a contest of two systems of visualization — the traditional-painterly and the photographic. Both artists work on still-lifes of identical objective and symbolical content. The still-life is generally complex in composition — wholly in the spirit of the Dutch masterpieces of the seventeenth century or Chardin’s set-ups. In the contest with photography Hazin has mobilized all the possibilities of poetic optics and made its multi-layeredness corrected by the artist’s fate viewer-friendly. Alexander Borovsky. The Oeuvre of Michael Hazin. Boris Belenkin’s biography Michael Hazin’s biography
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Boris Lurie. American Nonconformist

Boris Lurie. American Nonconformist

29 august—11 november 2019

Leningrad-born survivor of Nazi concentration camps, member of New York avant-garde scene of the 1950s and 1960s, Boris Lurie touches upon the most sensitive, problematic and hot issues, such as consumer society, Nazi crimes against humanity, and the reflection of sexuality in mass consciousness.

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The St. Petersburg Governorate in photographs from the 1860‒1910s from the collection of the Russian Museum

The St. Petersburg Governorate in photographs from the 1860‒1910s from the collection of the Russian Museum

30 may—19 august 2019

From the series “Traveling around Russian Empire”. The exhibition presents the image of St. Petersburg Governorate in professional and amateur photographs, as well as postcards depicting the man-made and natural sights of the area, the local population and the events of everyday life.

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