Film sketches and character drawings: exhibition of Yury Norstein’s masterpieces opens in Moscow

Film sketches and character drawings: exhibition of Yury Norstein’s masterpieces opens in Moscow
Exhibits include rare materials from the animated cartoon artist’s personal archives.

Yury Norstein celebrated his 75th birthday in 2016, and the Solyanka Art Gallery has prepared the exhibition “Every Evening before Going to Sleep” to mark this milestone. The exhibition will tell of Mr Norstein’s contribution to Russian and global art.

Exhibits will include rare materials from his personal archives, such as an animated cartoon intro for the “Goodnight, Little Ones!” TV show. This is an underestimated masterpiece. It took Mr Norstein almost two years to create this 150-second intro, first broadcast in 1999. Although quickly shelved, the intro was listed among the 150 best animated cartoons during a 2003 Tokyo animation festival.

 

The exhibition will feature film sketches and rough character and scenery drawings created by Norstein’s co-author Valentin Olschwang, for the first time. People will also see editing and exposure frames clearly explaining various phases of making the short animated cartoon “Goodnight, Little Ones!”

Russian and Western artists inspired by Mr Norstein’s creative work have also contributed their interactive art objects and installations for the exhibition.

In addition, the gallery managers have prepared an educational programme for children and adults, including a series of piano concerts, a collection of all-time animated cartoon hits, workshops for amateur animated cartoon artists, tale readings and soirees involving Mr Norstein’s friends, including Alexander Kalyagin, Lyudmila Petrushevskaya and Francesca Yarbusova.