See through 2020: major exhibitions of the end of the year
6 Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art
from October 28
New Tretyakov Gallery
The main project of the Biennale has several curators: opera director Dmitry Chernyakov, who has been working in Europe in recent years, and returns to us in an unusual role; Museum Director Albertina (Vienna) Klaus Albrecht Schroeder and curator Elsie Lachner; Director of Fondazione Sambuca (Palermo) Paolo Falcone. Everyone takes on the topic. Chernyakov will understand the concept of a “masterpiece” of performance, the Albertin Museum team will be responsible for the “classics”. Falcone will make us feel what a “provocation” is. The representative of Viennese actionism German Nitsch, the bloody classic of masterpiece provocations in modern art, is promised.
from November 25
The Pushkin Museum. Pushkin
The Patriarch of British painting Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) is best known for the poetic portraits of aristocrats inscribed in the landscape. Towards the end of his life, the artist spat on everyone (that is, the academy), exhibited in his studio and painted peasants. The most important things from the British collections will be brought: painting (landscapes and portraits), graphics (Gainsborough was a first-class draftsman), painting on glass.
from October 16
New Tretyakov Gallery
Any exhibition of Russian classics in the Tretyakov Gallery is a magnificent demonstration of the bins of the motherland and broadening the horizons of a wide audience. Vasily Polenov is remembered by the Moscow Courtyard and, perhaps, by the cycle “From the Life of Christ”. The exposition will also introduce its less obvious works: from portraits and historical painting to sketches of theatrical scenery and architectural projects. An additional task of the exhibition is to tell about the Polenov-teacher and his influence on Russian painting of the turn of the XIX-XX centuries.
The Pushkin Museum. Pushkin
Jacob Jordaens is a representative of the Flemish Baroque, the first and best after Rubens (literally after his death). In Jordans painting, there is about the same for which we love Rubens, that is, the triumph of the flesh, a typical Dutch love for the “low.” The first canvases of Jordaens came to Russia under Catherine II, that is, including the history of the Hermitage. Then the Flemish began to purchase and the Russian aristocracy. “Russian Jordan” is 16 paintings and about 20 drawings from our collections: the Pushkin Museum im. Pushkin, the Hermitage, the museums of Nizhny Novgorod and Perm.
Yoko Ono. The sky is always clear
from October 1
Moscow Museum of Modern Art (25 Petrovka)
The Territory Festival and School of Contemporary Art brings a personal exhibition of Yoko Ono, a representative of the Fluxus movement. Whatever the art of the 1960s, the will of chance and the spectator in the role of accomplice. So, the central work of the exhibition will be “Instructions” – tasks designed by the artist for the audience. For example, to share memories of their mothers, finish part of the work of Ono, play chess on a board with only white cells.
Oscar Schlemmer: Dancing Artist
from October 29
The Pushkin Museum. Pushkin (Gallery of art from Europe and America of the XIX-XX centuries)
Oscar Schlemmer is a painter, theater artist, teacher and author of the Bauhaus logo, one of the progenitors of the performance genre. The exhibition dedicated to the centenary of the Bauhaus will tell, among other things, about Schlemmer’s key project in the theater – the Triadic Ballet (1918-1922) to the music of Paul Hindemith. Schlemmer’s “cubist” costumes can be envied today.
Serge Lido Archive
from September 18
Multimedia Art Museum
Serge Lido (1906-1984) photographed rehearsals and premieres of cult performances and concerts, freely went into the dressing rooms to artists. As a result, the Lido archive is a guide to the social and artistic life of Paris from the 1930s to the 1980s. In Moscow, they will show more than 200 photographs, theater programs, covers of magazines and books designed by Lido.
Get into the vanguard
A feast of kings. 1912
A feast of kings. 1912. Source: State Russian Museum. Author: Pavel Filonov
from October 24
Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center
The Youth Union (1910-1914) is the first avant-garde artist association in Russia that has practiced everything that is still accepted among art institutions: organizing exhibitions and discussions, issuing periodicals and catalogs. The exhibition is an occasion to see the work of the main representatives of the avant-garde (Kazimir Malevich, Pavel Filonov, Olga Rozanova, Vladimir Tatlin, Mikhail Larionov), and the opportunity to get acquainted with little-known and forgotten characters.
from November 26
Moscow Museum of Modern Art (Gogolevsky 10/2)
Ilya Zdanevich – an important figure of the Russian avant-garde, writer, artist, theorist and practitioner of Dadaism. The special project of the museum is dedicated to the publishing activities of Zdanevich.