Art Roundup – May 2014

Have we got some fine events for your this month? Indeed, we have.

Animal No. 4, by Aryat Teregulov.

  1. London’s Erarta Gallery is holding an exhibition of contemporary works titled the Erarta May Fair. It runs till May 24, 2014, and includes works by Aleksandr Kosenkov, Anna Taguti, Aryat Teregulov, Danja Akulin, David Plaksin, Dmitry Shorin, Ekaterina Borodavchenko, Mikhail Lezin, Rinat Minnebaev, Valery Valran, Vyacheslav Mikhailov…
  2. I’m sorry to say I missed the Fabergé Eggs exhibition at Harrods. Instead, perhaps I should head to Tashkent where an exhibition titled The Spring of Land of Fire has opened at the Azerbaijan Cultural Center, showing works from Azerbaijani artists, such as Nazim Mammadov, Mammadhuseyn Huseynov, Hafiz Karimov, Ilaha Aliyeva, Humay Akhundova, Asif Jafarov and others.
  3. Latvian-born sculptor and artist Vija Celmins opens her first ever exhibition in Riga: ‘Double Reality‘ runs till June 22 at the Art Museum Riga Bourse.
  4. Mari Roosvalt and Mara Ljutjuk, Estonian artists, have an exhibition Traces of their works at the Estonian Embassy in Berlin. It runs till June 8.
  5. Terra is an exhibition of the works of the Karelian artist Sergei Kiselev. It runs till May 25 at the Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Karelia in Petrozavodsk.
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Art Roundup – October 2013

Another month, another exhibition and round-up. What have we for October 2013?

  1. Here’s advance notice for a Boris Chetkov (1926-2010) exhibition – Reimagining Russia: the Landscape and Genre Paintings of Boris Chetkov – that will run November 22-24, as part of the Russian Art Week in London.
  2. In the magnificent Houghton Hall in Norfolk is a brilliant exhibition of works from the erstwhile Walpole Collection (which was acquired by Empress Catherine following his death, and is now in the State Hermitage Museum). Houghton Revisited: Masterpieces from the Hermitage runs until November 24, 2013.
  3. The Grad Gallery in London (which I visited a while ago for their SEE USSR – propaganda posters – exhibition) now has a remarkable set of displays of Constructivist machinations rendered in three dimensions by Henry Milner from the original blueprints of Tatlin, Lissitzky, Rodchenko and Klucis. Utopia Ltd runs till December 20, 2013.
  4. Check out some examples of Latvian Textile Art at the Virtual Art Gallery!
  5. The Art Museum of Estonia has an exhibition titled The Progress of Images: Interpreting Estonian Art and Photography of the 19th Century, which runs till January 12, 2014 in Tallinn.

    Sparks III, by Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis. (1906).

    Sparks III, by Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis. (1906).

  6. And, continuing the Baltic theme, we have I Dream of Lithuania, works by the great Lithuanian artist Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875-1911), which will run at the Ghent Museum of Fine Arts in Belgium till December 15, 2013.
  7. The Jewish Museum in New York displays Marc Chagall: Love, War, and Exile, exploring the artist’s darker works from the 1930s through 1948. The exhibition runs till February 2, 2014.

Nonconformists 1

Nonconformists, or unofficial Soviet art was an often paradoxical mirror onto the spiritual, psychological and social situation of the Soviet Union between 1960-80. Here’s a brief set of examples of the genre, taken from Diletant.ru, September 15.

Man with watch glass, by Alexander Kharitonov. (1962).

Vladimir Nabokov, by Otari Kandaurov. (1975).

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, by Otari Kandaurov. (1973).

Roses and thistles, by Valentina Kropivnitskaya. (1981).

Heart of Christ, by Ernst Neizvestny. (1973-75).

Don Quixote, by Vladimir Ovchinnikov. (1979).

Violin in a cemetery, by Oskar Rabin. (1969).

Adam and Eve, by Vasily Sitnikov. (1967).

Red egg, by Ülo Sooster. (1964).

Guardian angel, by Vladimir Titov. (1992).

Memorial service, by Boris Sveshnikov. (1966).