Krymsky Val, 10, hall 24
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The permanent display in Krymsky Val continues a series of low-key art shows that introduces a collection of 20th-century sculpture to museum patrons. The exhibition “Country men and country women” featuring images of peasants in the sculpture of the 1920s to the 1950s presents works of the best masters who were working in plastic arts in the first half of the 20th century: Vera Mukhina, Ivan Shadr, Boris Korolyov, Vladimir Domogatsky, Beatrice Sandomirskaya, Ilya Slonim, Ekaterina Belashova, Sergei Churakov.
The show includes 25 sculptured works: portraits, typical characters, field work scenes, images of peasant women resting. Many of the works on display were in their time prominent exhibition phenomena, and were enthusiastically discussed by critics. For instance, Vera Mukhina’s “A Peasant Woman”, a sculpture created for an exhibit dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the 1917 October Revolution, was sent to the 1928 Venetian Biennale and was a great hit there. Ivan Shadr’s monumental bust “A Peasant” was included in a series of three sculptures to be featured on banknotes (the other two works of that series are “A Worker” and “A Red Army Serviceman”); the series was commissioned by Goznak of the USSR (lit.: “State Insignia,” an enterprise that manufactured banknotes, coins, stamps, medals, secure documents, etc.). Exhibitions of the Society of Russian Sculptors, an association that united the best masters of the 1920s and the 1930s, featured Marina Ryndzyunskaya’s “A Young Wife,” Beatrice Sandomirskaya’s “A Ryazan Country Man” and “A Ryazan Country Woman.”