Exhibition of works by Victor Kalinin. Painting, Graphics automatic translate
с 1 по 20 Ноября
Российская академия художеств
On November 1, 2016 at 16.00 in the exhibition halls of the Russian Academy of Arts (Prechistenka, 21) an exhibition of works by the famous Moscow painter, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, Academician of the Russian Academy of Arts Viktor Kalinin will be held. To the 70th anniversary of his birth and the 50th anniversary of his creative activity.
In the exhibition of the retrospective exhibition there are more than 100 paintings and graphic sheets created over the last decade. Moreover, many of these works are demonstrated for the first time. Almost throughout all 50 years, Kalinin’s work is in the zone of increased attention of the audience and professional environment and in many ways sets the vector for the development of contemporary art.
V. Kalinin belongs to the generation of artists who loudly announced themselves in the 1970s. In his work, the artist combines the classical foundations of the Russian school of painting and modern searches, artistic discoveries of the twentieth century, the depth of understanding of images with a powerful pictorial and plastic generalization. Creativity V. Kalinin gives an idea of his complex perception of the surrounding world, nature, which he organically and scale embodies in his works.
V. Kalinin was born in the Altai village of Zalesovo in the family of the Old Believers in 1946. Deeply believing parents exerted undoubted influence on the way of thinking of the artist. Memories of childhood, the family became the reason for Kalinin’s thoughts about things, about the earthly world and about the divine craft.
V. Kalinin began his studies at the Krasnoyarsk Art College. VI Surikov, in 1965 he graduated from the Gorky Art College, and in 1971 - MHPU (former Stroganov) in the separation of monumental painting under the leadership of the largest master of Russian fine arts, GM Korzhev. From 1995 to 2006 - taught at the Department of Academic Painting of Moscow State Pedagogical University. S. G. Stroganov.
For paintings of the master are profound philosophical reflections on the main issues of human existence. In these works, the artist-monumentalist, through a laconic composition, lined with contrasting color planes, raises a simple plot to the height of the biblical image. Sometimes the picturesque manner of Kalinin goes back to fresco painting, to medieval mosaics and church stained glass windows. Painting Kalinin captures a bright spiritualized plastic beauty. A powerful element of color as living matter, like the rebellion of colors and the lines that cut them, permeates all of its canvases. The picturesque space is crushed, while preserving the unity that gives the painting an amazing integrity.
In the memories of the past, the center of reflection is the family, father and mother, whom he perceives as the beginning of all beginnings. The narrative of man turns into thinking about the human race, about the destinies of nations, about what is. Among the portraits, the image of the father, who became the main character of a number of significant paintings, is particularly dramatic. No less significant is the image of the mother, who is also devoted to many canvases. Thinking with Christian images turns the private into the universal. For the artist’s work, other motifs from the impressions of childhood are important, which acquire a symbolic sound: «gates», «bridges» and «wells». In his work the artist often turns to religious motives. He created a series of compositions on evangelical themes, the content of which is beyond the scope of biblical subjects.
The exposition presents deeply psychological portraits of his relatives and friends. There are many portraits of artists - artists, composers, art critics, etc. Kalinin seeks to create an image of a person, to reveal the inner state of a character, his character. Models of the artist are often characters with a sophisticated character warehouse, vulnerable, pensive, and he carefully protects their privacy. Self-portraits of the master are imbued with the desire to convey the state of mind, their emotional tension.
Artistic persuasiveness and deep drama marked many landscapes Kalinin, often gaining a symbolic sound. These are, first of all, large canvases from the Altai cycle «The Road to Belovodie», «The Valley of the Kings», «Starfall», etc. The artist’s landscapes reveal the miracle of the discovery of the surrounding world as an unfamiliar, preserving all the power of the pristine land, releasing mighty elements. On his canvases, the world around us appears as something harsh, sometimes bright, blossoming, inexhaustible in his emotional impulses.
The picturesque language of V. Kalinin varies depending on his inner self-perception. It is characterized by that bold expressiveness, then surprisingly subtle poetry, over which, as a rule, the monumental beginning dominates.
Graphic sheets of the artist demonstrate his excellent possession of the drawing. Undoubted interest is caused for the first time presented to the audience of the graphic cycle created by the artist in France in 2013. These are large sheets, made in mixed technique of watercolor, tempera, pastel, coal. Compositively exquisite, dynamic, expressive in color, they convey the atmosphere of encounters with the inhabitants of this hospitable land, an attempt to comprehend modern life in these landscapes, fanned by centuries of history, through the prism of the mythopoetic perception inherent in Viktor Kalinin.
The works of V. Kalinin are in the collections of 40 art museums of the country, including the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg and other significant museum collections and private collections of our country and abroad. Creativity of the artist, which is marked by many awards, has become the subject of scientific research by leading art critics of the country and as a result - the publication of a number of fundamental works.
Victor Kalinin is a great artist, constantly looking for a picturesque - plastic form for confessional self - expression. He is in the prime of his creative powers and new achievements await him.
The exhibition is open for visits until November 20, 2016.