The art of freedom. Anatoly Zverev and Vladimir Yakovlev
18.02.2011 – 15.05.2011
Anatloy Zverev was a founder of Russian Expressionism in the 1960s. He was famous in the west, his works were admired by Pablo Picasso but in his home country he was doomed to poverty and wandering. Persecuted by the Soviet authorities Zverev didn't even have a permanent place to live and his only exhibition in Russia was held shortly before his death in 1986.
The Russian painter Robert Falk said, "Artists of that calibre are born only in 100 years." Zverev's expressive and emotional art reminds us of his great predecessor Van Gogh. Art critics usually compare his style with the work of the American Abstract Expressionist painter Jackson Pollock.
Zverev was a rebel, unwilling to surrender to any rules. In 1905 he entered an art school but a few months later was expelled for disobeying the school regulations. His "guilt" was that he was arguing with teachers too much. Once he had enough sense to say in front of the class that the teacher's function should be limited. "Teacher," he said, "should keep the classroom in order, provide students with paint, sharpen pencils, and nothing more."
The creative legacy of Anatoly Zverev includes more than 30,000 works. He painted at a great speed, sometimes a new image could appear within a few seconds. His paintings are full of artistic improvisation and turbulence.
Vladimir Yakovlev's paintings give you a very different feeling. They look much quieter, may be more lyrical.
Yakovlev was born in Balakhna, Gorky Region, in 1934. He had no formal training in art. From 1959 contributed his works to non-conformist art shows.
Yakovlev wrote mostly in gouache on paper or hardboard, preferring restrained and cool colors. Going through a brief period of fascination with the lyrical abstraction he turned to figurative art, creating symbolic and meditative images. His favorite subjects include fish, sailboats, landscapes, self-portraits and portraits of the prophets, and above all - flowers. Fragile and strong, sunny and tragic, these flowers are not to be found in nature. They are like images of people, beautiful and lonely at the same time. Most works are cycles, but the artist never repeats himself. He is constantly improvising, varying the line, color and shape.
The last 20 years of his life Yakovlev spent in psycho-neurological clinic. His recognition in Russia came only in Perestroika times. His first solo exhibition was held in 1990-1991 in Moscow.
There's something that brings these too artists together. Both were not recognized by the Soviet regime, both lived in poverty and suffered from mental instability, both managed to keep their freedom and self-expression.
Your Moscow tour guide can tell you the story of the Russian Non-Conformist art. If you're an art-lover we recommend you to visit this gallery during your Moscow tours.
Moscow Current Events
16.11.2017 — 18.02.2018
El Lissitzky exhibitions
The Tretyakov Gallery and the Jewish Museum host the first large-scale retrospective of the works of El Lissitzky to the general public. The leading artist of the Russian and European avant-garde had a significant influence on the development of architecture and design of the 20th century.
16.11.2017 — 15.01.2018
National treasures of Russia exhibition
Discover the exquisite luxury of Russian treasures at the exhibition of the Historical Museum devoted to 50th anniversary of the opening of Diamond Fund in Moscow Kremlin.
10.10.2017 — 14.01.2018
Gustav Klimt. Egon Schiele. Drawings from the Albertina Museum
For the first time in Russia you may see works by outstanding draftsmen in the history of art - Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. The exhibition in Pushkin museum of Fine Arts presents 100 sheets from the collection of the Albertin Museum (Vienna) - 47 works by Gustav Klimt and 49 by Egon Schiele.
28.09.2017 — 14.01.2018
Someone 1917 exhibition
The New Tretyakov Gallery presents a new exhibition devoted to 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution. At the exhibition you’ll see 1917 year through the eyes of the Russian artists including Grigoriev, Kustodiev, Nesterov, Petrov-Vodkin, Kandinsky, Malevich and others.
19.09.2017 — 18.01.2018
The 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art
The 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art has recently opened in Moscow.The main project of the Biennale will take place in New Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val and will last for four months for the first time in the history of the Moscow Biennale.
Moscow in miniature
Would you like to see the central part of the largest city model that will enter the Guinness Book of World Records? You have an excellent chance to do it till the end of 2015 in All-Russia Exhibition Centre VDNKh. We belive that an architecture model of Moscow (Moscow in miniature) performed at a scale of 1:400 is really worth seeing.
Russian Impressionism Museum
Art-buffs are welcome to visit the Russian Impressionism Museum, which opened its doors in Moscow on the 28th of May. The exhibition hall is located on the grounds of the former “Bolshevik” confectionery factory grounds.
Robostation in VDNH
If you are interested in everything connected with robots you should certainly attend one of the most curious interactive museum called Robostation, situated in All-Russia Exhibition Centre VDNH. Here visitors of all ages have a great chance to get acquainted with modern robots, take part in different activities, enjoy technopark, chemistry show and show of dancing robots.
Archive Of Moscow Events:
04.11.2017 — 04.11.2017
Music at Moscow train stations
Have you ever been to a music concert at a railway station? You'll have a chance to join a free concert on November 4.
23.09.2017 — 27.09.2017
Circle of light 2017
Did you know that last year the Circle of light festival was included in the Guinness Book of Records? This annual event features multimedia and musical shows, light and laser installations, audio-visual performances and more. This is a unique project that allows everyone to reveal the familiar face of Moscow in a new light. The admission is free.
22.09.2017 — 08.10.2017
Golden Autumn Festival 2017
Welcome to Golden Autumn Festival! Try delicious food from various regions of Russia, participate in cooking master classes, watch culinary shows and concerts and enjoy the beautiful decoration of Moscow streets and squares.
09.09.2017 — 10.09.2017
Theater events during Moscow City Day
If you love theatre you’ll surely find lots of interesting events during Moscow City Day Celebrations. Gorky Park will host the festival of street theatres from France, Italy and Spain while the Hermitage Garden on will surprise the visitors with a 12 hours open-air theater marathon.
01.09.2017 — 10.09.2017
Moscow anniversary festival 2017
Did you know that in 2017 Moscow celebrates is 870th anniversary? We invite you to join a festival from September 1 – 10 devoted to this glorious event and enjoy various concerts, performances, competitions, master classes and interactive games. The main events will be held on Tverskaya and Arbat streets, on Manezhnaya, Tverskaya and on the Revolution Squares.
26.08.2017 — 03.09.2017
Spasskaya Tower 2017 International Military Music Festival
"Spasskaya Tower" International Military Music Festival will traditionally take place on Red Square at the end of summer season. This year the festival will be held for the tenth time. The event is rightfully considered the largest international cultural project in Russia.