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Naum Mogilevsky. Sculptures and Drawings

Naum Mogilevsky. Sculptures and Drawings
6 october 2022—12 december 2022

Naum Mogilevsky was one of the most outstanding artists of the circle that gravitated around the great sculptor and artistic mentor Alexander Matveyev. And yet his work has received very little scholarly attention and is practically unknown to many art lovers. Mogilevsky’s talent took time to ripen. It did not fully blossom until the 1950s when the sculptor finally shed the last vestiges of his teacher’s influence and came into his own. His subject matter is the perennial favourite of the plastic arts: the figure of the nude female or adolescent, an inexhaustible source of ideas providing the compositional latitude to experiment with transformations of nature. It is in the images of those in the spring of their man and womanhood that Mogilevsky’s singular talent truly comes to the fore. His poetic reflection on burgeoning femininity in the female portraits is partner to his celebration of singleness of purpose and clear-eyed confidence in the portraits of young men. This exhibition, including approximately 30 sculptures and 40 drawings, invites the audience to rediscover a forgotten master and explore the many facets of his talent. In addition to Mogilevsky’s subtle understanding of the nude figure, he is also an excellent portraitist and compositionally eloquent sculptor. Among other works, the exhibition features the artist’s original graphic pieces, which bear witness to his sharp eye for meaningful contrasts and his skill in emphasizing them.

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Drawings and Watercolours of the 18th century

Drawings and Watercolours of the 18th century

23 december 2022—27 march 2023

This exhibition offers visitors the rare opportunity to appreciate the more interesting and notable specimens of 18th century drawing and watercolour from the museum’s extensive collection. Because of their fragility, these works are seldom presented for public viewing.

Mikhail Makhayev’s St Petersburg

Mikhail Makhayev’s St Petersburg

14 october 2022—20 february 2023

The sketches and drawings of Mikhail Makhayev (1717–1770), the great Russian 18th-century veduta master, are the only way we have of appreciating St Petersburg’s stately appearance during the mid-18th century. The exhibition features approximately 100 works: Mikhail Makhayev’s drawings, engravings, and paintings made from his drawings by Russian and Western European artists, as well as the engraved copper plates used to print St Petersburg city views in the mid-18th century.

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