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Vadim Sidur State Museum of Modern Sculpture
August 25, 2015 12:44


Vadim Sidur State Museum opened in 1989 is the only Moscow state museum entirely dedicated to modern sculpture. The artistic heritage of the world-known nonconformist and avant-gardist Vadim Sidur is so peculiar and many-sided (including numerous sculptures and graphic art works, as well as poetry, prose and even cinematography) that it in itself represents an epoch in the history of Russian art.

In 2014 the museum was reopened after its major reconstruction and up-to-date redesigning. It was timed to the 90th anniversary since Vadim Sidur's birthday. The designer David Bernstein turned parts of the museum space into mini-stories telling about the artist's creative path. Along with exposition halls the museum has a cinema hall for screening films, conducting lectures, musicales and educational programs.

A light-colour wooden staircase takes you to the first hall with a black grand piano and then to the main space with glazed arches that enclose sculptures. The same ladder leads to the first floor housing Babi Yar, the most famous work by Vadim Sidur. The sculptor never worked in this studio, and yet the museum creators tried to create the illusion of his presence here.

The museum exposition reflects all the periods in the sculptor's creative career. You can see the influence of Archaism and Cubism in most of his sculptures, as well as NeoClassicism and NeoDadaism in his latest works. The pinnacle of the artist's creativity is the assemblages, which take the central place at the exhibition.
Altogether the exposition consists of about two hundred exhibits, such as drawings, sculptures, verses, and sketches by Vadim Sidur, as well as his personal paraphernalia. All of them are penetrated with the main subject that goes through his entire creative process: violence is the worst evil on the Earth.

The visitors will see the artist's most well-known works, including his small sculptures that served as models for large monuments set up in various cities around the world: Monument to Victims of Violence (Kassel, Germany), The Crying Out (Düsseldorf), Formula of Grief (Pushkin, Russia), Albert Einstein's Portrait (Princeton, the USA), Treblinka (Berlin), etc. You will be taken through various periods of Vadimr Sidur's creativity: from realistic sculpture of the mid 1950s to avant-garde Coffin Art and Iron Prophets that occupy a whole hall. For creating the two avant-garde cycles the artist used  sewer pipes, details of car engines, and other waste of "the second-hand nature", the modern civilization. These are strange anthropomorphs lying in wooden coffins in silent protest against the war and violence rampant in the modern world.

Thirty years dedicated to art and over 1000 sculptures now kept in private and museum collections over the world - Vadim Sidur became the symbol of non-conformist Soviet culture in his lifetime, but only after his death, which fell on the epoch of Gorbachev's Perestroika, the artist's creative heritage was publicly recognized the national patromony of Russia.

In the first week after the museum opening the exposition was visited by more than 15000 people.

Vadim Sidur State Museum is located at the address: 37/2, Novogireyevskaya Street, near Perovo Metro Station, Moscow.

The museum is open from 12 am to 7 pm on all days except Monday and Tuesday, which are days off.

The official webpage of Vadim Sidur Museum.

Read biography of Vadim Sidur.

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Author: Vera Ivanova

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