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Naschokins House Gallery Opens Its Last Exhibition Hail to Life!
June 27, 2014 22:32

Tonino Guerra, Mikhail Shemyakin, Anatoly Zverev and many more prominent names are presented in the “Naschokin’s House” Gallery. In the year of its 20th anniversary the gallery says goodbye to the audience. The last exhibition is called “Hail to Life!”.  It united the artists whose paintings were exhibited in the halls of this historic mansion where Pushkin himself was a guest a while ago.

As you enter the gallery, right in the centre you see the pieces of juicy watermelon by Frida Kahlo. It is a reproduction. The original was exhibited in “Naschokin’s House” 12 years ago. This picture was created by a distinctive Mexican artist exhausted by physical sufferings; it was painted eight days before her death. But there is no fear in the still-life painting. It is filled with a sense of happiness. Frida’s signature in blood-red letters: “Viva la vida” - “Hail to Life!” – confirms this. This statement of the artist draws a line under her 20-year history. “Hail to Life!”- because it continues, there are plans, and most importantly, there are these artists we’ve been working with for many years” - the director of the “Naschokin’s House” Gallery Natalia Ryurikova said.

“This exhibition is like the watermelons by Frida Kalo - bright, juicy, very vital, life-asserting and very optimistic”. The history of the gallery began with the exhibition of one of the most famous artists of the time - Mikhail Shemyakin with his metaphysical figures. After that exhibition the gallery understood it had the concept. They decided to lay emphasis on the works of non-conformists, who did not recognize the official art were not officially recognized by the state. A retrospective review of the early years of the gallery is provided by Tselkov, Nemukhin, Plavinsky, Zverev. The paintings of the 70s-90s generation - Gayane, Remnev, Pashkevich, Nesterov – are located nearby.

There are different styles, techniques, paints, but there’s one mood in them - happiness. “The picture by Olga Bulgakova is behind me” - the Deputy Director General of the State Tretyakov Gallery for Science Lydia Iovleva shows. “We have a lot of her works from the Tretyakov Gallery collection, and this one is something new! Gogol is often portrayed in a pessimistic perspective.

The artist has found a new twist, a new form.” 20 years ago, when the private view had just opened, there were only three small rooms here. Today the works of artists and sculptors barely fit into the halls on two floors. “Hail to Life!” is the exhibition of gratitude to those who supported the gallery with their talent. 

Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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