Exhibition of Alexander Bogomazov in Stroganovsky Palace.

A. Bogomazov. Self-portrait.

On May 22, Stroganovsky Palace launched the exhibition of Alexander Bogomazov. The exhibition represented over 30 works of painting and about 40 graphic works from the State Russian Museum and private collections of Moscow, Kiev, London and New York. Alexander Bogomazov named «Ukrainian Picasso», «Chardin of Futurism» was a mystery among first figures of Russian avant-guard. In 1966 after long oblivion the first exhibition of Bogomazov took place in Kiev in the Republican House of Writers. Ukrainian researchers Eduard Dymshits, Dmitry Gorbachev, Elena Koshuba wrote about Bogomazov’s creativity. From 1980s certain pictures by the artist are exhibited at the numerous exhibitions devoted to Russian art of 1910s-1920s. In 1991 his personal exhibition took place in Toulouse. This exposition in Russian museum gives visitors an opportunity to see works by the master for the first time. Like many outstanding contemporaries of avant-guard art Alexander Bogomazov had many talents. Bogomazov was experimenter in painting, brilliant teacher, serious theorist reflecting on the essence of painting and its influence on the spectator, music lover who understood it perfectly, poet …

The Artist came through all tendencies typical for his time: realism, impressionism, symbolism. In 1913-1914 the artist’s world-view changed having excited the stylistics of his works. The master saw dynamics of forms even in static objects. Alexander Bogomazov started to see the aim of the Artist in adequate reflection of impressions of stormy life, in fixing of struggle and pressure, in transfer of rhythm, rate, dynamics. In 1914 Bogomazov finished his main theoretical work «Painting and Elements». Alexander Bogomazov was born on March 14, 1880 in village Jampol of Kharkov province. In 1902 he entered Kiev art school where he got acquainted with A. Ekster, A. Arhipenko and A. Lentulov. In 1908 Bogomazov, together with D. Burljuk, N.Kulbin, N.Goncharova, M.Larionov, A.Lentulov and V.Baranov-Rossine, participated in significant exhibition «Link». And in 1914 he organized the exhibition «Ring» which aimed to protect New Art. He displayed 88 pictures and graphic works. From 1919 Bogomazov was engaged in mass agitation art, in public work and teaching. At congress of artists-teachers he was elected to be the head of the department of art education in All-Ukrainian committee of fine arts. He took part in the decoration of the city for revolutionary holidays, such as «Day of Red Army», «1st May», «Day of Child». Moreover, Alexander Bogomazov became the secretary of Kiev artists’ trade union.

In 1926 the artist became a member of the Association of Revolutionary Artists of Ukraine. Easel painting was not the main any more. And when in the late 1920s he made new remarkable pictures, his idiom changed substantively. Theoretical investigation of colour led the artist to a so-called method of «colour extension», polychromes and conventions of colour relations. In 1922 Bogomazov became the professor of easel painting of the Kiev Art Institute where V.Palmov, V.Tatlin, V.Golubjatnikov, M.Bojchuk, L.Kramarenko worked at the same time. In 1928-1930 Malevich lectured at this Institute. Alexander Bogomazov had a short life, but managed to create a lot. He was outstanding and original person. The exhibition in Russian Museum gives a chance to see the basic heritage of the artist and to enter one more forgotten name in the history of art of the XX century.

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