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18 January 2016
Russia on the Road. 1920 – 1990
The Institute of Russian Realist Art, the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, the “Academia Arco” International Fund, the Ingosstrakh insurance company and Promsvyazbank present the “Russia on the Road” exhibition, exploring almost a century of transport in Russian art. The opening will take place on January 28, 2016 at the Institute of Russian Realist Art in Moscow. Under the auspices of IRRA within the framework of the project an education program has been elaborated by the academicians of History Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University and University La Sapienza. From October 16, 2015 to December, 15 the exhibition took place at one of Rome’s major exhibition centers, the Palazzo delle Esposizioni.
Russia on the Road explores a time when science fiction became fact and new technologies led to the growth of a new mythology, new obsessions and fears, a new way of life and new artistic images. Just 150 years ago the idea of a developed road and rail network spanning the whole country would have seemed like a utopian dream. But today most people in the developed world would find life unimaginable without trains, planes, cars and urban transit systems. A world without vehicles would be a modern dystopia. The arts continuously responded to these changing feelings, producing a string of artefacts that feel like confessions. These vary greatly in terms of both form and mood. Some were powerfully ideological, saluting the driving force of change; others were lyrical, romantic and far from any obligation to propagandize. In all cases, though, the masters of road, rail and air were charmed by their new means of transportation.
The exhibition will feature about 60 paintings and graphic works of the 20th century as well as works by contemporary artists contributed by several major Russian museums. The display has been assembled from the collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Scientific Research Museum of the Academy of Arts of Russia, the State Museum and Exhibition Center ROSIZO, the Union of Artists of Russia, the Tver Regional Art Gallery, the State Art Museum of Altai Region (Barnaul), the Kursk Deyneka Picture Gallery, the Sukachov Irkutsk Regional Art Museum, the Museum of Cosmonautics, the Schusev State Museum of Architecture, the Regina Gallery, the National Gallery of Armenia and private collections. This exhibition presents audiences with famous masterpieces by Alexander Deyneka, Yury Pimenov, Alexander Samokhvalov, Georgy Nissky and Alexander Labas as well as introducing seldom seen art – such as the paintings and graphics of the sixties. For decades these works have been hidden behind the “iron curtain” but today they are loudly introducing themselves to Europe’s most prominent venues, opening up a new perspective on Russian art and generating great interest among professionals and art lovers.