Ilya Tabenkin in London.

Ilya Tabenkin. From series of magic still-lifes. early 1970s.

An exhibition of works by one of Russia’s outstanding modern artists Ilya Tabenkin (1915-1998) will be opened at Matthew Bown Gallery in London.

After spending several years in Stalin concentration-camp followed by internal exile Tabenkin managed to enter the Moscow Art Institute during World War II.

After the war he worked as a plein-air for a long time painter and then in the 1960s concentrated on still-lifes and figure paintings. During this period he studied the works of Giotto, Masaccio, Zurbaran, Pirosmani, Tyshler, and Falk.

In the early 1970s he found his own path and created his famous series of magic still-lifes: images of mysterious hand-shaped figures (clay, plaster and papier-mâché) set in abstract ‘landscapes’ constructed from paper and cloth.

The exhibition at Matthew Bown Gallery is organized in cooperation with the National Centre of Contemporary Arts, Moscow. The artist’s album containing 370 illustrations is also presented on it.

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