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The Ideal World of Vassily Minyaev

Architectural projects and Suprematist compositions, classical artworks of the 1950s, Expressionist tempera paintings of the 1970-1980s by Vassily Minyaev (1907-1993)

12.12.2014 — 08.02.2015

Vassily Aleksandrovich Minyaev is an architect and artist, whose creative development connected with a term “internal emigration”. The unique manner of his easel painting can be qualified as a form of Russian post-impressionism. He studied at the Leningrad Academy of Arts under the tutelage of K. Rudakov and N. Tyrsa In 1930s he worked with the famous futurist architect Yakov Chernikhov and in 1940s-1950s with the academician of architecture Ivan Zholtovsky.


Presentation of the book "Vassily Minyaev"

Throughout his entire life Vassily Minyaev searched for an ideal world. He dreamed of building the city of the future, filled with palaces, parks and gardens; as far as he could he turned his ideas into reality designing Soviet factory warehouses and stadiums. The artist hoped to create a flawless textbook on the history of the arts for his stepdaughter and her friends. He composed art history texts and painted copies of the most important works of established masters on calligraphically small icons.

At a time when only few were allowed to leave the country Minyaev created his own Italy, his own ancient and Renaissance compositions. The artist had the ability to elevate a standard sketch into an elegy. Minyaev's city scenes painted in the vicinity of Peschanye Streets in Moscow are hardly different from any other European city scenes. His Russian fairytale scenes contain traits of the Old Testament. The vacationers lounging by the lake and the girls carelessly undressing before taking a swim emit calmness and graciousness. The paintings give the impression that the artist always perceived and reflected the world as a unified, complete whole.

Vassily Minyaev's stepdaughter Anna Udaltsova has kept and saved the works of the "Grandpa" as Vassily Minyaev was known in the family due to his long beard, encyclopedic knowledge, endless kindness and constant care towards his family. Anna spent hours going through the collection with us, deciding which pieces to include in the exhibition and keeping only the most valuable within the family. She has kept the collection nearly intact over many years, parting with her stepfather's works only in exceptional cases. In this book we have worked to reflect the ideal world of an artist and architect who managed to stay true to his Renaissance vision and to his own identity regardless of the time and context in his life.

Natalia Bykova


Dear Friends,

winter is closer every day and we are happy to announce beginning of the Holiday Season at NB Gallery!

Please, mark your calendar for upcoming events and join us to share these wonderful preparations for Christmas and New Year celebrations!

* Starting today, November 21, you can enjoy our NEW ARRIVALS - paintings and graphic works by Evgeny Rastorguev (1920-2009), Petr Dik (1939-2002), Tamara Guseva (1918-2002), Klara Vlasova (born in 1926) and other artists.

* On Sunday, November 30, we invite children 4-7y.o. and their parents to the Family Art Session "REALISM AND AVANT-GARDE: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?". From 11 am till 1pm all together we'll be exploring Russian art of XX-th century in our traditional way - through interactive lecture, craft session, tea and home-made cookies. Please, RSVP.

* NB Christmas Bazaar! Come and bring your friends to find best presents for coming holidays! Only three days - December 5-7! Soviet New Year tree toys, Ded Moroz and Shegurochka from 1960s, old Greeting postcards and the finest collection of winter artworks from 1920-1980s.

* THE MAIN EVENT of this WINTER! December 12 - February 8


Architectural projects and Suprematist compositions, classical artworks of 1950s and big expressionist tempera works from 1970-1980s