Neoclassicism in Russia exhibition in Benua's Building

V. Shukhaev and A. Yakovlev. Self-portrait. Harlequin and Pierrot. 1914. Oil on canvas

On October 23, the Benua’s building of the Russian Museum launched the exhibition Neoclassicism in Russia. It continues a series of exhibitions of the Russian Museum devoted to the largest trends in Russian art of the early 20th century – Symbolism in Russia, Russian Impressionism, Russian Futurism. This project is a first monographic exposition of neoclassicism in Russia. The exhibition represents 180 works of painting, graphic art and sculptures from the collection of the Russian Museum.

Many neoclassical works were a part of earlier exhibitions held in the Russian Museum such as World of Art, Portrait of the 20thC, individual exhibitions of A. Yakovlev and V. Shukhaev, B. Kustodiev, V. Serov, Z. Serebryakova. The exhibition Neoclassicism in Russia is unique not only because it is a first monographic exposition of neoclassicism but also because it has the complex character reflecting all the spectrum of neoclassical searches of the early 20th century.

Neoclassicism is a retrospective trend in art of Europe and the USA of the early 20th century. Its representatives trying to create “the big style” of the future addressed to high traditions of antiquity, the Renaissance and classicism epoch.

The exhibition represents works by the participants of World of Art association and the Association of Russian Artists whose works were influenced both by the present and antique mythology. Among them are picture Apollo’s Song to Dryads and Fauns (1908) by Benua, Odysseus and Navzikaja and Abduction of Europe (both 1910) by V.A. Serov, K.A., Somov’s portraits-drawings and many others.

In 1920s neoclassicism continued to progress involving in its orbit new participants in spite of the fact that the majority of outstanding figures of this trend left Russia for ever. Neoclassical ideas were realized in creativity of representatives of such art associations as “4 arts”, Moscow Artists association, “Makovets”.

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