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Vladimir Vasilkovsky. To the 100th Birth Anniversary

Vladimir Vasilkovsky. The Satyr Artist (Self-portrait). 1992. Watercolor on paper.
17 june 2021—23 august 2021

The exhibition is dedicated to the centenary of the birth of Vladimir Sergeevich Vasilkovsky (1921-2002), an outstanding figure of St. Petersburg culture.
First of all, he left an impressive mark in the urban environment: modern St. Petersburg cannot be imagined without the buildings and bridges designed by Vasilkovsky (among them the pearl is the Italian bridge over the Griboyedov Canal, which is the most delicate in relation to the classical environment), city lanterns, monuments and memorials created with his participation. His works were included in the funds of leading museums.

In the Stroganov Palace of the Russian Museum, one of the facets of the master's work will be shown - his graphics and ceramics. Vasilkovsky - the artist turns to everyday life, recreates historical scenes, works with classical mythological images and creates new myths of an almost grotesque sociality. Most of Vasilkovsky's graphics are associated with literary images. He speaks about Pushkin, Khayyam, Boccaccio, Gogol, Bulgakov. Architecture in Vasilkovsky's drawings is often both the object and the subject of his story.
He likes to fragment real or fictional architectural monuments, they, in turn, either participate in the development of the plot, or generally play an independent narrative role.
Vasilkovsky's day-to-day and retrospective plans are naturally combined. Not so much with a plot (although this also happens), more often his optics are combined: he looks at modernity through a mythological glass, at mythology - through the modern.

Vladimir Vasilkovsky left a tangible mark on the artistic culture: not only did he bring up a galaxy of students who became great masters, but he also set certain parameters of the culture of form, which remain relevant to this day.

Age restrictions: 18+

The exhibition is supported by the Logistic group Admiral LLC and the “Free Artists of St.Petersburg” Project.

Vladimir Vasilkovsky. Pantheon. 1990. Ink on paper. Vladimir Vasilkovsky. Warehouse of Ilyichs. 1979. Ink on paper.

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