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The Stage of Life

The exhibition includes artworks and graphics from the NB Gallery collection, collages by Philipp Jordan, photographs by Zoe Wittering and an exclusive series of Diana Vishneva scarves collection by Philipp Jordan and IZO Art gallery.

24.09.2015 — 01.11.2015

The Stage of Life

This exhibit acts as a continuation of a series of expositions at the NB Gallery devoted to decorative art, one of the most interesting styles of Russian culture in the XXth century that largely influenced the development of art in the XXI century.

The exposition contains over 100 works created by Russian artists and set designers, such as Boris Knoblok, Vera Zaitseva, Vladimir Plekunov, Yuri Furtat, Elena Troshina-Deineko, Anas Tumashev and Nikolai Nikonorov. Made in the 1930s-1970s, the contemporary pieces reflect the influence of the theatre, with collaes by Philip Jordane and photographs by Zoe Whitering incorporated into the works.

Creations by Boris Georgievich Knoblok open the exhibit. Knoblok's name represents an entire period of history in Russian decorative art. The artist learned the tradition of Russian painting of the XIX-XX centuries from artists Konstantin Korovin and Vassily Yakovlev at the Free Art Workshops in Vkhutemas. In the 1920s and 1930s he actively experimented with various avant-garde styles and artistic directions, while working in the Realistic Theatre of Nikolai Oxlopkov and the Chamber Theatre of Aleksandr Tairov.

Vladimir Plekunov continues the exposition with his theatrical works created for the Opera Theatre and Ballet of Ufa. As a student of Fedor Fedorovsky, Plekunov largely followed the ‘large style’ of his master. Fedorovsky's influence is especially potent in the formation of the opera Prince Igor.

In creating his images, Plekunov avoided using direct historical or ethnographic reconstructions. Instead, he chose the most characteristic, easily recognizable historical details of the time and uses them to build a contemporary interpretation of the story, capturing the audience with his content.

The pieces of Elena Troshina-Deineko, also created in the theatrical sphere, reflect the artistic talent of the painter. The delicate use of color in the construction of the overall visual palette of the play demonstrates a high quality, delicate balance of color and tone.

Vera Zaitseva created a stark contrast to Nikoronov's manor interiors, as well as to Troshina-Deineko's costumes representing the classist era, all from the 1950s, with her brave experiments in the world of theatre in the 1960s. Many of Zaitseva's decorations, due to their surprising combination of styles and materials, represent the ideal ideas of modern day decorative spaces.