Exhibition M.I. Kurilko (1880-1969) automatic translate
с 17 Марта
по 1 Апреля
Выставочный зал Союза Художников России
Personal exhibition of the remarkable Russian artist Mikhail Ivanovich Kurilko (1880 - 1969) - painter, architect, virtuoso master of easel graphics, marked by a fantasy-rich theater artist who designed dramatic and opera performances in theaters of Moscow, Leningrad, Kiev and other cities.
The exhibition will show for the first time more than 200 works by MI Kurilko from the collection of the artist’s family, which show the directions of his activity and cover a significant section of the creative path of the master from the 1910s to the end of the 1940s. This is the early etchings of the 1910s, which provided the young author with success in a professional environment, precious in their original technique of work on the parchment of the early 1920s, live and emotional drawings of costumes and scenery for the performances of Salome, The King is amused, Red Poppy «,» Khovanshchina «,» Duma about Opanas «,» Enemy Power «,» Stone Flower «,» Aida «. Author’s works are backed up by a number of rare historical documents also from the family archive. They attach special significance to the visual series and establish the connection of times. The availability of documents in the family archive is organic to the work of Kurilko, since he himself loved the authentic details of history and reflected them in his works. As a philosopher-observer of the dramatic events of that time, he developed his own system of plastic solutions for his piercing metaphorical artistic evidence. His creative method combined a high knowledge of the art of different epochs, with whom he was in constant dialogue when addressing theatrical productions, and a sense of modernity. It was he who allowed him to create the first Soviet ballet on a new theme - «Red Poppy». It happened in 1927 in the most traditional theater of the country - at the Bolshoi Theater. He realized the innovative idea of the architecture of the theater building by taking part in designing the theater in Novosibirsk. His convincing monumental and decorative solutions appeared in 1938 in the most iconic exhibition complex - at the All-Union Agricultural Exhibition.
The presented works make it possible to trace the stylistic evolution of the artist and the trends in Russian fine arts of that time. This line dates back to the tradition of romanticism and symbolism in the 1910s, in the early 1920s it paid tribute to a period of fantastic realism, and in the 1930s it developed along with the all-European trend of romantic realism filled with the so-called «light of the thirties». M.I.Kurilko’s outlook was determined by a circle of artists with whom he took part in the most significant exhibitions of his time. This is the First State Free Exhibition of Works of Art of 1919 in Petrograd, an exhibition competition on the theme «The Great Russian Revolution» of 1919 in the halls of the Academy of Arts, the first exhibition of paintings by the 1921 Artists’ Community in Petrograd (together with O. Braz, I. Brodsky, V. Voinov, K. Gorbatov, S. Konenkov, B. Kustodiev, D. Mitrokhin, S. Chekhonin, etc.), an exhibition of painting and sculpture in the garden of the People’s House in 1922 (together with A. Gaush, P. Naumov, A. Rylov, P. Filonov, R. Frenz, and others), the International Book Exhibition in 1922 in Flor (among the participants Yu. Annenkov, A. Benois, M. Bobyshov, M. Dobuzhinsky, V. Konashevich, V. Lebedev, A. Ostroumova-Lebedeva, V. Khodasevich, etc.), the famous exhibition of paintings by Petrograd artists of all directions in 1923 in Petrograd, an exhibition of paintings by the association of realistic artists in Moscow in 1927, an exhibition «Moscow theaters of the October decade (1917-1927) in 1928 in Moscow, an exhibition of paintings by the Society. AI Kuindzhi in Leningrad in 1930 and many others.
After the revolution in 1919 Kurilko collaborated with V. Tatlin and other masters of the left directions as a member of the Moscow College of Fine Arts Narcompros.
Among the merits Kurilko before the national culture is, above all, an interested, conscientious transfer of knowledge to young artists, distinguished by the wisdom and enthusiasm of the keeper of professional skill, which he began to deal with since 1914. Therefore, his contribution to Russian art can be called culture-forming. It is significant that this exhibition takes place in the exhibition hall of the Union of Artists of Russia, which took the initiative to return the creative heritage of the Master.
The exhibition will be open from 17 March to 1 April 2016