New banners and stickers with fragments of mid-20th-century paintings now grace the platforms, escalators and entrance doors at the Circle Line’s Park Kultury metro station. Passengers can see Teatralnaya Square of the 1930s, portraits of Soviet stage director Vsevolod Meyerhold and Marshal Georgy Zhukov, and fragments of pictures by Soviet realist artists Yury Pimenov, Pyotr Konchalovsky, Pavel Korin, Tatyana Yablonskaya, and others.
According to Deputy Mayor and Head of the Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development Maxim Liksutov, the new pictures were put up on Thursday,16 February, as part of the second stage of the Intensive XX cultural and educational project. The display continues to familiarise passengers with Russia’s 20th-century culture. The reproductions were supplied by the Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val.
“The first stage of the Intensive XX project caused an unprecedented rush. Muscovites and city visitors came to Park Kultury station on purpose to learn more about avant-garde artists, with about nine million people visiting the display within two and a half months. The Travelling Along with Art train was also extremely popular and carried over five million passengers,” Mr Liksutov said.
The project website offers more information about 20th-century art, including brief lectures and podcasts on painters and their works, he added. These will help people gain a better understanding of Soviet art and introduce its most outstanding representatives: Alexander Laktionov, Fyodor Reshetnikov, Pavel Korin, Alexander Deyneka, and many others.
Numerous perks for passengers are provided as part of Intensive XX, such as a 50-percent discount on February tickets to the Tretyakov Gallery (on Krymsky Val Street) for MT_Free Wi-Fi users. You can also pay the entrance fee with a Troika card.
Launched last November, Intensive XX is meant to familiarise Moscow residents with works by 20th-century Russian artists representing three periods in Russian painting: Russian avant-garde, Soviet realism and modern art. The educational project is scheduled for six months, with the display changing every two months.