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Lazar Khidekel (1904–1986). Towards the History of the Russian Avant-Garde

L. Khidekel. Cities of the Future: City above the Ground. 1927. Watercolour and ceruse on paper. Khidekel family collection
21 November 2018—14 January 2019
Lazar Khidekel (1904–1986) was a prominent figure of the Russian avant-garde, the first suprematist architect. One of the followers and associates of Kazimir Malevich, he took part in the establishment of the UNOVIS (“The Champions of the New Art”) group, conceived by Malevich as a “suprematist party.” Committed to the style of Suprematism, Khidekel worked in Leningrad as an architect and designer. 

In the 1930s, Khidekel suffered the same fate as other artists of the so-called “formalist wing,” having been practically banned from taking part in exhibitions. A collection of his works was preserved by his family. Over five last years, part of it has been shown at museums around the globe. The exhibition at the Russian Museum is the first display of works by Khidekel to be held in Russia.

The exhibition includes over 80 artworks, including Khidekel’s futuristic projects (cities of the future, cities in the outer space, the Garden City, the Aerial City, the Water City) as well as projects of buildings that were constructed, such as those on Malookhtinsky and Moskovsky Prospects, Gorokhovaya Street, Cinema Theater “Moscow” on Staro-Petergofsky Prospect, and others. 

With the support of PAO NOVATEK

L. Khidekel. Cities of the Future: City above Water. 1927. Watercolour and ceruse on paper. Khidekel family collection L. Khidekel. House of Culture, Kondopoga. 1929. Watercolour and gouache on paper. 21,8 x 20. Khidekel family collection L. Khidekel. Facade of Cinema Theater "Moscow", Leningrad, 1936–1939. Photograph L. Khidekel. Yellow Cross. 1923. Oil on canvas. 53 x 62. Khidekel family collection

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Military Parades: Porcelain and Watercolour

Military Parades: Porcelain and Watercolour

15 December 2023—13 May 2024

The exhibition is dedicated to a hundred-year-old tradition of producing decorative “military plates” depicting imperial army uniforms. Besides plates, the exhibition includes drawings and lithographs that served as sources or preliminary studies for paintings by such famous artists of the “uniform” genre.

Stanislav Zhukovsky

Stanislav Zhukovsky

25 August 2023—23 October 2023

The name of Stanislav Zhukovsky (1875–1944) is inseparably connected with the flourishing of lyrical landscape in the Silver Age of Russian culture.

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