Exhibitions programme

Alexander Drevin and Nadezhda Udaltsova. Painting, graphics

Kramskoy’s Art Museum, September 13 through October 4

The opening on September 13 at 4 p.m

A painter and a teacher Alexander Drevin (1889-1938) is a graduate of the Riga City Art School. As one of the leaders of the Russian avant-garde, he was a member of some well-known pre-revolutionary art associations: "The green flower", "The world of art", "The knave of diamonds", "The thirteen", etc. Drevin's paintings were exhibited at the First Russian Art Exhibition in Berlin (1922) and at the 14th Venice Biennale (1924).

Nadezhda Udaltsova (1886-1961) is a daughter of a tsarist officer and the future "Amazon of the Russian avant-garde". She studied at private Moscow studios and the Paris academy "Le Palette". Together with her husband she worked at the People's Commissariat of Education, taught at the Higher Art and Technical studios, and at the Institute of arts and culture.

Drevin and Udaltsova were both experimentalist and before coming to expressionism, they looked for their own artistic style in impressionism, primitivism, Rayonism, cubism, and futurism. Even with all these things considered, Udaltsova and Drevin were opposite natures and did their painting in a different creative manner. Their high school student Sergey Luchishkin once said about this:

"Ice and fire - this was how this married couple could be defined. Always restrained, calm, with a firm, impregnable, and clear position, without any exaltation – that is what Udaltsova’s personality was. A frenzied, with explosive behavior, "in search of nowhere" (only that feature was unchanged) and an open, kind heart addressed to everyone – that was Drevin’s nature."

In 1938, Alexander Drevin was shot on a fabricated case related to the activities of the Latvian cultural and educational society "Prometheus", and Nadezhda Udaltsova, being already in the status of the wife of an enemy of the people, for many years unaware of the death of her husband, continued to paint austere expressive pictures.

Mikhail Prekhner. Photo avant-garde of the 1930s

Kramskoy’s Art Museum, September 13 through October 4

The opening on September 13 at 4 p.m (together with the exhibition of A. Drevin and N. Udaltsova)

The Multimedia Art Museum will bring to Voronezh an exhibition of Mikhail Prekhner (1911-1941), an outstanding Soviet photographer, a classic of the Russian constructivist photography, a contemporary of Andrey Platonov and Alexander Rodchenko.

At the exhibition, you can see the photographs of the 30s, the reports from the I Congress of Soviet Writers and about the new Moscow, pictures from trips on the assignment of the magazines "USSR in construction" and "On the construction site of MTS and state farms", as well as several photographs from the period of 1940-1941, created for the album "The First Cavalry Army" commissioned by IZOGIZ.

Mikhail Prekhner decided to become a professional photographer at the age of 17. He worked in the editorial offices of "Moscow Says", "Radio Listener", "Fine Art", and also collaborated with the magazine "USSR in Construction", where his senior colleagues were Alexander Rodchenko, Arkady Shaikhet, Georgy Petrusov, and others.

Since 1933, Prekhner had participated in all exhibitions of Soviet photography abroad. In 1938, he received a large silver medal at the international exhibition in Antwerp.

But in 1941 Mikhail Prekhner died while filming the battles for Tallinn. But Mikhail Prekhner died while filming the battles for Tallinn in 1941. After that, the work of the constructivist photographer was forgotten for a long time.

Only thanks to the family archive, Prekhnev's pictures were presented in the group exhibition projects of the Union of Photographers in recent years: "The Age of Optimism", "The Beach", "The wildebeest", etc. The first personal exhibition of the master was held in the “PhotoSoyuz” gallery in the spring of 2008. Subsequent personal retrospectives were presented at the MAMM in 2013 and 2018, which now houses a collection of the photographer's work.

The exhibitions in the Voronezh Kramskoy’s Art Museum will be open daily from September 13 through October 4. Free admission on an opening day.
On other days, The price for a single ticket to the exhibitions "Alexander Drevin and Nadezhda Udaltsova. Painting, graphics" and "Mikhail Prekhner. Photo avant-garde of the 1930s" will be 200 rubles, a special rate ticket - 160 rubles.

The Foundation Pit

The gallery of the Chamber Theatre

The opening on September 15 at 5 p.m

The exhibition programme of the September Platonov Festival will end with a series dedicated to the story of Andrey Platonov "The Foundation Pit". The exposition will include 18 works in mixed media painting techniques: cardboard, applique, acrylic, pencil. The author of the works is Sergey Baranov, an Omsk artist and designer, as well as a curator of numerous exhibitions. Now he lives in Salekhard and works at the museum and exhibition complex named after I. Shemanovsky.

"Andrey Platonov's "Foundation Pit", that I read in "Novy Mir" magazine in 1987, has become one of the most important books in my life as an example of a paradoxical, impossible, and at the same time extremely honest language", says Sergey Baranov.

Baranov has participated in over 200 exhibitions, 30 of them were personal. He is the winner of the Grand Prix at the 5th Krasnoyarsk International Museum Biennale (2003). In 2015, he won the IV All-Siberian Exhibition-Competition of Contemporary Art in Siberia. His works are kept in the collections of 11 state museums of Russia as well as some foreign and private collections.

Sergey Baranov is also the production designer of the play "Vampire’s Family" based on the play by V. Sigarev at the Omsk Youth Theatre which premiered in 2013.

The exhibition "The Foundation Pit" will be available at the Gallery of the Chamber Theatre from September 15 to October 14. Free admission.
Opening hours of the exhibition during the festival: from 1 p.m to 18 p.m daily.