From garden and park landscaping art to space exploration: Moscow April exhibitions review
The Dream of Space exhibition
Date: 1–24 April
Time: noon – 10 pm
Venue: Manege Central Exhibition Hall, 1 Manezhnaya Square
This project, The Dream of Space, aims at gathering paintings from across the country in one place that have one thing in common: discovery of the unexplored.
This exhibition is really intended for the younger generation so as to get them interested in the subject of space. The main idea is to try and get people to search for their dreams. A dream can be the driving force behind exploration.
The exhibition is dedicated to the memory of outstanding space personalities –Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Sergei Korolyov, Valentin Glushko, Yury Gagarin and many other great names connected with space.
Zinaida Serebryakova exhibition
Date: 5 April – 30 July
Time: 10 am – 6 pm / 10 am – 9pm
Venue: the State Tretyakov Gallery, 12 Lavrushinsky Pereulok
This exhibition at the Tretyakov Gallery will be one of the greatest displays ever of the Russian painter’s works over a period of 30 years.
The exposition will include two periods of the painter’s creative life – Russian and French. There will be lots of portraits, the painter’s favourite genre, and landscapes. The exhibition will include sketches of murals of the Kazansky Railway Station in Moscow and a series of paintings revealing the behind-the-scene world of the Mariinsky Theatre.
Works dating back to the Paris period have never been showcased in Russia before. Decorative panels of the Brouwer Villa, which for a long time was considered lost in World War II, will also be on display in Moscow for the first time.
The exhibition will also feature the best works from Russian and Belarusian museum collections as well as private collections from Moscow, St Petersburg, Paris and London.
Female Cosmonauts exhibition
Date: 11 April – 1 October
Time: 10 am - 9 pm
Venue: the Moscow Planetarium, 5 Sadovaya-Kudrinskaya Street, Bldg. 1
The exhibition marking Cosmonautics Day on 12 April will open at the Moscow Planetarium’s Urania Museum on 11 April. Visitors will learn about Soviet and Russian female cosmonauts and their space adventures. . On display will be photos from the Soviet period and present day too, personal items which belonged to female conquerors of the Universe, stamps and postcards.
Over half a century’s history of space exploration, over 550 people, including 60 women, flew into orbit, 120 cosmonauts overcame Earth’s gravity, including four courageous women.
Admission to the exposition at the Urania Museum is by a ticket to the Large Star Hall.
Garden performance: The art of park landscaping design in Europe and Russia exhibition
Date: 18 April – 16 June
Time: 11 am – 6 pm
Venue: Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve, 1 Dolskaya Street
The Bread House of Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve will host Russia’s first exhibition of English style landscaping used in gardens and parks in Europe and Russia between the 18th – early 19th centuries.
Twenty Russian museums, including all suburban museum-reserves of St Petersburg, as well as libraries and archives presented over 350 items for the display. Some of them have never been exposed to the public before.
The exhibition will feature engravings, paintings, porcelain, enamels, coins, medals and scale-models of pavilions. Visitors will see the figure of Jean-Jacques Rousseau from Arkhangelskoye museum-reserve, marbles centaurs from Ostankino and pug dogs from the Grape-shaped Gate in Tsaritsyno Park.
Albums dedicated to gardening graphics bearing the autographs of Catherine II, Alexander I, Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm IV and English gardener William Guld. Visitors will also see works by Jean-Honoré Fragonard and Hubert Robert, Andrei Stackenschneider and Andrei Voronikhin and graphics by poets Salomon Gessner and Vasily Zhukovsky.
Multimedia assets will transfer visitors into famous European and Russian parks. A richly illustrated indexed album has been prepared for the exhibition.
The display will include a research and practical conference on the history of landscape parks and problems associated with their restoration.
Giorgio de Chirico. Metaphysical insights exhibition
Date: 20 April – 23 July
Time: 10 am – 6 pm / 10 am – 9 pm
Venue: State Tretyakov Gallery, 10 Krymsky Val Street
The Tretyakov Gallery presents Russia’s first major exhibition of paintings by the Italian artist Giorgio de Chirico, one of the leading 20th century masters and founder of the Metaphysical Art movement.
The Treatyakov Gallery project reveals all sides of Giorgio de Chirico’s creativity – classical metaphysical, post-metaphysical, interpretation of antique and mythological plots, turning to old masters’ works, and many more.
The painter’s creation has been presented comprehensively giving visitors a chance to contemplate his impact on European and Russian painters.
On display will be paintings, etchings, sculptures and theatre costumes the master designed for Sergei Dyagilev’s private ballet performance of The Ball, 1929.
The exhibition will feature a unique publication on Giorgio de Chirico’s creativity, which will be complemented by the exhibition’s curator Tatyana Goryacheva’s article about the painter’s influence on Russian art and articles by Italian experts.
Giorgio Morandi: 1890 – 1964 exhibition
Date: 25 April – 10 September
Time: 11 am – 8 pm / 11 am – 9 pm
Venue: the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (the Department of the 19th and 20th Century European and American Art), 14 Volkhonka Street
The Pushkin Museum will present a large collection of works by one of the most outstanding Italian masters of the early 20th century Italian art, Giorgio Morandi.
The exhibition aims at showing the scale of the artist’s creativity. The exposition includes about 70 paintings and water colours, 20 etchings and several original plates from world famous museums and collections.
The works describe all stages of the master’s creative evolution – from metaphysical avant-garde and traditional Italian pieces to the latest ones, characterised by austerity and a depth of image.