February 26 — May 21
The exhibition is part of the New Realisms Project.The Avant-garde is synonymous with experimentation in art. In the Samara branch of the Tretyakov Gallery it is the main resource to facilitate the comprehension of the legacy of the past, and it helps to understand the present and outline prospects for the future.
The project includes two exhibitions, “Vanguard Detachment. 100 years of the Avant-garde in Samara” and “Artists at the Easel. Art after the Revolution”. They reveal to the general public the names of artists who worked during the transition between the Russian Avant-garde and Socialist Realism. Based on the collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery and the Samara Regional Art Museum, both exhibitions show a single vector of the artistic processes in Moscow and Samara.
One of the priorities of research activities in the branch of the Tretyakov Gallery in Samara is the study of local artistic life, its chronicle and an insight into it in the all-Russian context. The Avant-garde legacy has a special place here. The building housing the Tretyakov Gallery in Samara (the Kitchen Factory) is a masterpiece of Constructivism that is inextricably linked with the aesthetics of the Avant-garde. Therefore, it is the avant-garde, as a synonym for experiment in art, that is the main resource of the Samara branch to facilitate the comprehension of the legacy of the past, and it helps to understand the present and outline prospects for the future.
The Vanguard Detachment Exhibition is a research collaboration between the Tretyakov Gallery branch and the Samara Art Museum. The goal was to turn to the origins of the new artistic language that first emerged in the city after the October Revolution.
The exhibition is a holistic architectural project that has completely transformed the main space of the Samara Art Museum, the Marble Hall. In total, the exhibition features sixty works from the collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Samara Art Museum and private collections.
The first part of the exposition, “The Dream Museum”, reproduces an unrealized project of the first museum of contemporary art in Samara, similar to the Museum of Pictorial Culture that operated in Moscow between 1919 and 1929 and became the world’s first museum of contemporary art under the leadership of artists (Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, Alexander Rodchenko, and others).
The second part of the exposition, “The New Figurativeness”, is dedicated to the artists Samuil Adlivankin, Nikolay Popov and Georgy Ryazhsky who worked in Samara from 1919 to 1921 and later formed in Moscow the New Society of Painters. In Samara the basic artistic principles of this group were formed to coincide with the mainstream searches of the 1920s epoch that focused on the return to art of an individual with their living emotions, but already as a collective subject in the context of stories and images aimed to influence the masses at large. The journey of these artists reproduced the most dramatic storyline of the era, the transformation of the 1910s Avant-garde ideals into the socialist Realist doctrine of the 1930s ‒ 1950s.
In total, the exhibition will feature 60 works from the collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery and the Samara Art Museum.
Curators: Konstantin Zatsepin, Tatyana Petrova
Exhibition architects: Alexander and Olga Filimonov
The project is organized by:
The State Tretyakov Gallery
Samara Branch of the State Tretyakov Gallery
Samara Regional Art Museum
The project is implemented with the support of L.V. Mikhelson
(with valid ID)
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