Ceramics by Picasso and paintings by Polenov: new exhibition to celebrate VDNKh’s 80th anniversary

July 13

Unique ceramic works by Pablo Picasso and rare paintings by famous Russian artists will be exhibited at VDNKh’s Worker and the Collective Farm Woman Pavilion. 31 July through 3 November, it will host the exhibition 'Collection of the Ulyanovsk Regional Art Museum: Polenov, Plastov, Picasso, and more'.

The exhibits include 90 fine and decorative art works, created between the late 18th century and the 1970s, with still lifes, portraits, landscapes, ceramic vases and panels among them. There are works from the collection of the Ulyanovsk Regional Art Museum exhibited in Moscow for the first time. The event is timed to the VDNKh's 80th anniversary we celebrate this year. The exhibition has been arranged as part of the 'Resident' inter-museum exchange program.

Visitors will view 'The Pond in Vel' landscape by Vasily Polenov (1844-1927), a portrait of the writer and art collector Alexander Zhirkevich by Ilya Repin (1844-1930), and two paintings by Vasily Vereshchagin (1842-1904) — a portrait of the artist Rufin Sudkovsky and 'A Nun. Novice of the Vologda Convent' sketch.

A part of the exhibition will be dedicated to Arkady Plastov (1893-1972), a Simbirsk Province's (now Ulyanovsk region) native, one of the most prominent Soviet artists. In addition, guests of the Worker and the Collective Farm Woman Pavilion will have an opportunity to view ceramics painted by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). The works by this Spanish and French master include 'Owl' vase, decorative panels 'Bull's Head' and 'Dance'.

"Moscow residents and guests have a chance to see valuable items of different Russian regions and the world to make their exhibition an exciting journey. 'Resident' is a program of Russian inter-museum exchange launched last spring on the VDNKh's initiative, which has already become a good tradition. Each of the exhibition sections, namely 'Moscow', 'Russia' and 'World', displayed at the same time, annually presents two exhibition projects. Mayakovsky State Museum,  Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts, Bulgakov Museum, Samara Art Museum have already presented their best exhibits at the Russian chief exhibition. Ulyanovsk Regional Art Museum is one of the oldest museums in the Volga region. VDNKh provides an opportunity to see the works by Polenov, Repin, Vereshchagin, Levitan, Aivazovsky, Kustodiev and other renowned masters," the Press Service of VDNKh said.

Visitors of the exhibition 'Collection of the Ulyanovsk Regional Art Museum: Polenov, Plastov, Picasso, and more' may enjoy all the benefits available as part of the VDNKh's exhibition programme. In addition, admission to the 'Resident' exhibition project is free on weekdays, 11:00 am till 03:00 pm, and every third Sunday of the month throughout the day.

This year, the major Russian exhibition turns 80. On the occasion of its anniversary, VDNKh is to host over 100 events with festivals, concerts, exhibitions, meet-the-artist events and master classes. Vdokhnoveniye Festival, the Day of Family, Love and Fidelity, festive events on the occasion of the City Day and VDNKh's birthday are among them.

Besides, on 1 August, the VDNKh's  Museum will open in the right wing of the main entrance arch. Its opening is also timed to the VDNKh's anniversary. Museum's guests will learn about the architects, sculptors and artists who participated in the creation of its pavilions, about other people who have contributed to the development of this unique historical and cultural cluster.  Until 8 September, the Museum offers free admission.

Annually, 30 million people visit VDNKh. The area covering more than 325 ha houses 49 cultural heritage sites, historical pavilions and fountains. Russia's largest exhibition complex has been under reconstruction since 2014. Now the work is underway in almost 40 VDNKh's historical buildings and facilities. The reconstruction is expected to be completed in 2020.

Source: mos.ru

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