Exhibition program of the IX Platonov Festival

Pablo Picasso

The Platonov Festival resumes cooperation with the State Russian Museum, and a large-scale exhibition dedicated to the famous Leningrad association which is called “Circle of Artists” will be presented in Voronezh within the framework of this collaboration. This artistic society that existed from 1926 to 1932 united Vyacheslav Pakulin, Alexey Pakhomov, David Zagoskin, Israel Lizak, Alexander Rusakov, Alexander Samokhvalov and many others. The “Circle of Artists” proclaimed that searching for the “style of the epoch” that would be adequate for the time they put the “principle of a closely-knit team that both carries out the general artistic and ideological education of its members and guides their practical work” in the forefront of their ideas. The visitor will be able to enjoy about 50 paintings and drawings. The exhibition will occupy the first floor of the exhibition hall of the Voronezh Regional Art Museum named after I.N. Kramskoy from June 1st to July 28th.

The photographs by Michel Sima, a famous sculptor and a representative of the Paris School will take place on the second floor of the very same exhibition hall from June 1st to June 30th. The exhibition called “Geniuses in the workshops. Behind the scenes of the Paris art scene” provided by the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow / Moscow House of Photography Museum. For about 10 years, Michel Sima had been creating portraits of his artist friends, such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Francis Picabia, Osip Zadkine, Alberto Giacometti, Jean Cocteau, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Andre Derain, Le Corbusier, Marc Chagall, Juan Miro and many others. The above artists were portrayed in their workshops in the middle of creative process. He managed to create unique masterpieces, revealing the finest nuances the personalities owing to their friendship and the atmosphere of trust residing on the set. The exhibition will show about 120 photos.

The Exhibition Hall on 8, Kirova street will present a large exhibition of the sculptures of the so-called “Russian Rodin” - Stepan Erzya. The exhibition Great Erzya from the collection of the Mordovian Republican Museum of Fine Arts named after S.D. Erzya will be opened from June 2nd to 30th. Visitors will see more than 40 works made of wood. Free entrance.

A.N. Samokhvalov. The portrait of Anna Ulianova, a field worker

The three exhibitions are connected in the spirit that they represent those artists who worked at the same time as Andrey Platonov. The next two projects will be created especially for the festival and will be included in the “Platonov program”; they won’t be presented in exhibition halls, but will "come out" to the urban spaces to meet new viewers.

The exhibition “The storm of the Labyrinth” will present video art works from museum’s collections and personal collections of artists, based on the works and the biography of Andrey Platonov, some of them overlapping with the leitmotifs of his work. The project will include works by Polina Kanis, Mikhail Maximov, Lyubov Shmykova, Alexey Ilkaev, Uliana Podkorytova, the art group “Zer Gut” (Vladimir Seleznev, Ivan Snigirev, Evgeniy Goltsov) and other famous modern artists working with video. The exhibition will be available from June 3rd to June 16th on the 3rd floor of the new atrium hall of the Chizhov Gallery Center. Free entrance.

The installation “Platonov Is Looking at Us” by a Moscow-based artist Artyom Stefanov will be presented on Soviet Square during all the festival period. A multi-layered spatial figure, based on a photo by Andrey Platonov, will be created. Artem Stefanov disassembles the portrait into layers, thus making it a volume and full part of the three-dimensional world, and puts it into the city landscape, full of perspectives. A viewer will be able to see the whole picture or only its parts depending on the perspective and the point of view. A point of view in its literal sense plays a major role in Stefanov’s street art. The project partner is MegaFon.

Thus, the exhibition program of the festival will present all areas of visual art: painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video and installation.