Panorama of Russian art.

Panorama of Russian art.

The current Easter Week in Moscow was sunny and warm. They all had their own concerns, their hopes, searches and discoveries. Among them unexpected joy has become a big exhibition at the Manezh, which was attended by artists from all cities and regions of Russia. So it was called officially IX All-Russian Art Exhibition, and on the facade of an arena wore festive poster with the familiar emblem of the «Russia».

The discovery was relaxed and unusual. Press conference for journalists took place right on the air — on the sun deck in front of the Arena. Chairman of the Board of Russian Union of V.Sidorov spoke about the stages of preparation of the long-awaited generalizing exposure (since the last seven years have passed), on successful art shows of Krasnoyarsk, Khabarovsk, Krasnodar, Vyatka, Ufa, Nizhny Novgorod, Moscow. More than four and a half thousand of works exhibited at regional exhibitions were brought to the capital and presented in the halls of the arena. Valentin stressed the nonprofit nature of the exhibition, paid tribute to all the participants of the «Russian» patience, courage, patriotism and loyalty to the art in such a difficult time, especially fervently stressing that each submitted work was created at the behest of the heart, it is felt, first of all, the soul author, his favorite themes and characters.

Parting words to journalists said as secretary of the board and chief editor of the magazine «Artist» O.Butkevich, giving an exhibition in memory of the latest issue of the magazine — the bulk, colorful, on excellent paper, competes with many art albums … And in a solemn chorus Anteroom Manezh have loudly and pure deduction «Christ is risen», the audience arrives. Rode a few buses from different cities of Russia. Artists and audiences tightly surrounded the podium, where the organizers have collected the guests of honor. Among them, many immediately recognized Michael Arsentevich Matorina — a remarkable artist and a teacher, only five years behind in the age of the past century. Thus, the twentieth century — in the works of Russian artists. The exhibition was opened, and everyone can see how it is reflected in the images of the works, or how they are — regardless of its turbulent trends, major scrapped, significant changes — managed to keep alive the good traditions of Russian art school.

Established, well-known masters, whose works are published by handwriting are recognized and debuting young neighbors in the halls of organic and vzaimodopolnyayusche. Between them lies the authors, whose youth coincided with the first steps of the renewed «young artist». Many he blessed on their pages, and rejoiced to see in the work of our new Manezh «godchildren» — L.Kirillovoy, G.Nemerovskogo, T.Fedorovoy, M.Pereyaslavtsa, V.Kubareva, V.Harlova, and lots T.Gorelovoy others.

On the pages of the press in the oral review, noted that the exhibition was built diverse, democratic, well, do not hesitate and personalities dictate the prevailing stylistic traditions. Of course, the main creative outlook of the exhibition was a triumph of the realist school, preference was given to the high professionalism, Life refraction spiritual wealth of Russian classics, national arts and crafts. It is encouraging that in the selection there was no taboo subjects, taboo names and manners. Not expelled some «difficult» as if falling out of the total «respectable» number of works, such as macabre, populated by monsters and rats G.Dobrova composition «Memories of a communal». Do not prosecuted for the unusual and the incompatibility of some of the newer genres — on the verge of art and science. So, it seemed witty, well-crafted, beautifully and meticulously carried out the original installation — a theatrical object V.Grigoreva «Birth and death».

Generally, original and remarkable there were many individual works in each section. But it seemed clear as healthy competition and a clear advantage of some specific types and genres of art. For example, in the painting was more discoveries and individual successes in the genre of landscape, the portrait — and only a few are rare achievement. I was surprised not to support any financial incentives sufficient attraction to artists composite picture. Previously, she often called thematic and performed under the contract. Now you see it does not work and indispensable strikers major creative processes. It turned out to be quite different, and facing completely different feelings. Even there was some kind of a special composition of the painting: to determine if narrowly — by hagiographic-religious subjects, if more widely — a picture of spiritual content. And there has been a huge gap between the works, naively imitating well-known story of Russian icons and successfully reproduce the appearance of modern church hierarchs, and works deeply and vividly refractive traditional evangelical motives and topics of personal spiritual self-standing. The latter have a direct bearing «Crucifixion» A.Mylnikova, «Trinity» V.Vasiltsova, «The Life of St. Sergius of Radonezh» Palekh T. V.Makashovyh, «Baptism» V.Krestyaninova, «Creation of the Temple» D.Zhuravleva.

Continuing the journey through the halls, you could see how rich and full-bodied presented Russian easel graphics and how to look pale and out of date sections of the poster and book graphics. However, as if to compensate for the poverty of the last art form, widely shown its natural end result — elegant showcase of books devoted to Russian art, its outstanding masters.

Most of all, perhaps, in a sculpture engraved variance of styles, polyphony, a range of genres, the richness and originality of individuals schools. From traditional growth and expressive portrait bust up the small plastic shapes and amazing metaphors — such rich spectrum of this section of the exhibition. How many discoveries, acquisitions, touching recognitions received in audience provided by Animal — graphic and sculpture, applied art and folk crafts!

More on similar exhibitions «Soviet Russia» could be seen especially careful, the generosity of the organizers of attention to folk art. Today it meets momentous proof of its vitality and fruitfulness. As always, endow an abundance of motives, the beauty of shapes, filigree performance talent animate things Zhostovo and Khokhloma, Palekh and Fedoskino, Vyatka and Gorodets … The exhibition also great architectural tapestry, lace, yuvelirka, windows with inlaid weapons, engraving and enamel.

A lot of new and creative pereosuschestvlennogo already very famous and ancient kinds of arts and crafts. But much of the structure and method of display remains firm, only slightly modified in the figures and accents. So impressive still-imperial monumental scale exposure. However, no longer the main imperial detail — obligatory figure of the leader. But this time it happily and logically replaces the numerous images of Pushkin appears in all forms and genres. Incidentally, in this figure is incomparably greater unifying sense of national fullness of the universe, even a warmth and charm not only the authors Pushkiniana but appreciative audience interested. These three days visiting the exposition (for a shorter period does not understand, and do not remember) had to go with the traditional and unobtrusive Q: What impression that you liked, what were dissatisfied? Some responded willingly and fully.

A.Vasileva, a student of the Moscow Theological Institute:

— I study at the department, related to art, iconography. So I was particularly struck by the spiritual art at the exhibition. Some lateral moves, bizarre cubicle, solemn suites of the viewer creates a magical feeling of the Temple, seated in the center of the arena. You can even pray, and you can find something interesting. For example, I really liked, as explained by the guide — a sketch for the painting of Christ the Savior, «Sergius of Radonezh Blessing Dmitry Donskoy in the battle.» You can not take your eyes off the beautiful iconostasis G.Elfimova from Arkhangelsk «Solovetsky devotees» — simplicity, precision and grandeur. After visiting this unique temple, I could not, however, see nothing else. But all the same, leaving the exhibition with a very good feeling, with a kind of moral elevation. Thank you!

M. Rybin, a history teacher from Tula:

— You see, I’m a man of the old school, I go for the exhibition with a notebook, write down impressions. Age is not the same to memorize two dozen masterpieces, and they certainly have the exhibition. I want to tell them his disciples — ninth graders. Before, I could not afford to bring them on a tour, then we would go together, we looked, remembered and exchanged views. What would be a rare teacher luck — year anniversary of Alexander show them a number of successful works devoted to the poet. And now something photograph the amateur way, and writes in a notebook. Here’s a list of favorite authors on the themes of Pushkin’s bronze figure with Cupid M.Pereyaslavtsa, illustrations for «stationmaster» A.Bakulevskogo, a poet with a landscape on canvas A.Yakushina, sketches for the play «The Queen of Spades» S.Alimova … However, I’m not all posmotrel.K.Klimov, amateur artist:

— Disappointed scanty presence at the exhibition of my most favorite kind of art — the drawing. It is currently engaged in drawing all just back and auxiliary? Or such exhibitions «simple» design is not accepted? I think that it should be wider to show at such exhibitions. So as fully as all kinds of printing equipment. How many here look beautiful names — N.Voronkov, N.Kalita, A.Suvorov, S.Nikireev, A.Kolchanov, S.Harlamov. Pure direct drawing little. And he — the thrill of the artist’s soul! It’s a pity…

Galina, caretaker of the hall:

— Most of the public is just a moment of dramatic paintings — the «Adam and Eve» G.Korzheva have a picture to «bury» V. Ivanov. And about one leaf I even noticed an elderly woman crying — it habarovchanin Drozdov wrote. It’s called: «I killed my mother!» It perfectly depicts the mountain tops, maybe, the Caucasus, and in the snow is the severed head of a soldier with a sad, eyes wide open. Whether it is a bitter memory of Afghanistan, or Chechnya. I remember even today quite -razbomblennye Balkans. Or away yesterday — the Great Patriotic War, my father was there.

A.Bolashenko, a graphic artist, a veteran of the Great Patriotic War:

— The serene Sunday morning, June 22, 1941, I, then a schoolboy, ninth-grader, was sitting at his easel improvised, he wrote a self-portrait oil. Of cardboard funnel loudspeaker came the excited voice Molotov declared the attack of Nazi Germany. I went out in confusion: hoarsely howling factory whistles. Childhood is over. The following year I became a soldier-pontoon in the army … In the Arena three of my work -Landscapes, is my favorite, the most peaceful, the most lyrical genre. He painted across Russia — in Siberia, in the Urals, in Yakutia, Kamchatka, in central Russia. Especially love the awakening of the earth, early spring break-up, flooding, reviving the thrill of the first heat twigs of trees. In general, the landscape in the exhibition presents generous convincingly — in painting and graphics. This beautiful land is necessary and must be protected in every way, as if to say all these temples, cities and forests, grasslands and river floodplains, soulful images of Russian masters.

A.Veymar, corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Education:

— A lot of great female portraits! But a separate conversation

— these are images of creative people, people of Russian culture both past and present. Here, an abundance of wonderful works. In historical terms, this, for example, are for me the undisputed apex of artistic expression such as «F. Chaliapin» D.Tugarinova and «A.Radischev» A.Tsigalya, «Pushkin» and A.Demina «Gogol» A.Kovalchuk, «Dostoevsky «D.Zhilinskogo and» Akhmatova «V.Troyanovskogo. A variety of excellent image Surikov! There are very expressive, memorable portraits and our contemporary artists. I was especially touched by the following: «Nikolai Rubtsov Ferapontovo» E.Bragovskogo, «Lebedev Actor in the form of Strider» E.Kozlova,

«Leonov Actor» V.Tarasova. Record a good idea: to create a gallery of portraits of these great artists of Russia, of course, in some renovated spacious mansion.

S. Koloskov designer:

— You do not mind that I am a representative of an alternative Russian Union of Artists? Much of the work here, of course, the absolute value of the museum, more random things, formally representing «all» Russian regions. In general, I believe that the time for such a total-monumental parades took place — it’s like an endless column of demonstrators on May Day: and here comes the Ivanovo weavers, but the reindeer herders of the North, but rudoznattsy Urals, but the scout bowels of Siberia and the glorious Donbass miners … Now is the time a small group exhibitions, personalities cozy with a beautiful, thoughtful design. Although pay tribute Expositors this show: almost every author is presented without interference and friction with neighbors. Perhaps it was not easy at such a large contingent and rainbow. And I was pleasantly surprised: CX manual has not forgotten artists who had gone in the 90s, gave them a legitimate place. And every mind has remembered O.Komova, A.Gritsaya, A.Papikyana, A.Drevina, B.Frantsuzova … Kudos to the organizers for this. Not any Ivana is not mindful of kinship. This gives a good example and a moral guarantee to all the host shift.

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