Autumn is the best time to make one’s own must-see museum list and cross out some points every weekend, then add new entries to the list on Monday, the day when city museums are closed. This October, at least six new interesting exhibitions started in Moscow.
It’s also worth mentioning that the Moscow International Biennale is in full swing at the New Tretyakov Gallery, a retrospective exhibition of Japanese painter Takashi Murakami opened at Garage Museum at the end of September, and it is still possible to see works by Constantin Brancusi, iconic sculptor and founder of abstractionism, at the Multimedia Art Museum.
Gustav Klimt. Egon Schiele. Drawings from the Albertina Museum
10 October 2017 – 14 January 2018
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays 10 am – 8 pm , Thursdays 10 am – 9 pm, Mondays closed
Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (12 Volkhonka Street)
Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele are the two names, without which it is impossible to imagine the art of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Inspired by Modernist courage of their teacher and mentor, founder of the Vienna Secession and creator of magic “golden” pictures Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele went further and revealed true passion in his many pictures of nude women. These were exhibited in the same halls as Klimt, and his works always impressed visitors and those going to early-20th-century exhibitions were not ready for such art which expressed so much. Schiele was accused of creating pornography, he was even arrested in 1912. This unpleasant experience became the basis for a new series of works and Schiele expressed his anger through 13 drawings and watercolours.
Works by Klimt and Schiele were handed over to the Albertina Museum in Vienna while the painters were still alive. The exhibition at the Pushkin Museum will have 49 works by Schiele, including early drawings, two pictures from the “prison” cycle, postcard drawings and late gloomy and angular drawings plus sketches. It is possible to follow the change in Klimt’s style through his 47 pictures presented at the exhibition: subtle change from almost photographically detailed early drawings to fantastic and sensual later works where the shine carried by The Kiss and The Woman in Gold is already noticeable.
City and People: Moscow in 20th Century Graphics
11 October 2017 – 28 January 2018
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Sundays 10 am – 6 pm, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 10 am – 9 pm
New Tretyakov Gallery (10 Krymsky Val Street)
The New Tretyakov Gallery opens an exhibition of graphics featuring Moscow seen by the artists of only one century, the 20th, as part of the Moscow Through Centuries pendant exhibition. From life before major changes to construction of a large state, years of the Great Patriotic War, the Thaw and the stagnation. Artists Alexander Deineka, Daniil Daran, Tatyana Lebedeva, Vasily Sigorsky and Boris Rybchenkov walk along boulevards and bridges, meet people and show the main mood of their time through their works.
Daniel Arsham: Architecture in Motion
Closes 18 January 2018
10 am – 10 pm, Mondays closed
VDNKh Pavillion 67 “Karelia” (119 Prospekt Mira)
Artist Daniel Arsham works at the junction of architecture, design, theatre, fashion, cinema plus sculpture. His works are regularly exhibited in large museums of contemporary art all across the world, from New York to Tokyo. However, he became famous for joint projects with theatrical director Robert Wilson, singer Farrell Williams, designer Hedi Slimane and choreographer Merce Cunningham. Whatever he does, from a cover to a musical album or a T-shirt print to a complex stage designs, Arsham makes it turn out perfectly.
His exhibition “Architecture in Motion” is considered one of the most interesting events of the 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art's parallel programme. The exhibition is taking place in Pavilion 67, reserved for Arsham back in September. The artist has created a total installation there, which reflects the relationship between humans and architecture. Anthropomorphic figures intertwine with complex drapes transforming the exhibition space into a surrealistic setting of some sort of performance that doesn’t really exist.
Moscow in Photographs by Alexander Gubarev (1912–1914)
Closes 15 December
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays 10 am – 8 pm, Thursdays 11 am – 9 pm ,Mondays and last Friday of month closed
Museum of Moscow (2 Zubovsky Boulevard)
Alexander Gubarev is an amateur photographer who created his very own photograph album dedicated to life in Moscow between 1912–1931.. Finding out that many historians wanted to preserve the nature of the old Moscow which was vanishing, communal worker Gubarev joined a special commission of the Moscow Archaeological Society. Methodically, he took pictures of streets, boulevards and parks and he also took photographs of monuments, buildings, churches and yards as well as his contemporaries plus by-passers, street shoe cleaners and road sweepers.
The exhibition at the Museum of Moscow has pictures taken by Gubarev at the very beginning of his work dating back to between 1912 and 1914, as well as his stereoscopic negatives, photo techniques and comments by various contributors. The time captured in the images is supported with historical costumes together with details of street decorations from the Museum’s collection.
October by Alexander Labas
Closes 10 December
11 am – 8 pm
Institute of Russian Realist Art (71 Derbenevskaya Embankment, Bldg. 31)
Russian artist Alexander Labas painted not only new era machines like his fellow artists from the Society of Easel Painters, but aircraft, metro trains and other modern forms of transportation. The October Revolution was an important topic for him. In 1917, Labas was 17 years old – the same age as the century, – and saw everything around him both as a fascinating historic event and as a scary, worrisome moment. Noise, the sound of shooting, the Red Army, the victims are some of the things put together with a feeling of anxiety which is reflected in his pictures dedicated to a new era being born.
Labas’ works from the revolution series are regularly exhibited in large Russian and foreign museums. The Institute of Russian Realist Art will display 50 drawings and paintings as well as documents, for example, the artist’s personal record from the State Military Archives.
Library (at Night) by Robert Lepage
12 October — 12 November
Noon – 9 pm, Mondays closed
Multimedia Art Museum (16 Ostozhenka Street)
Traditionally critics used adjectives such as best, excellent and great before Robert Lepage’s name. .. Lepage, Canadian cinema and theatre director and also actor, is famous all across the world, and Russia is no exception. Twice he was awarded Golden Mask prizes for his performances. Once in 2010, for the best foreign performance presented in Russia (9-hour-long visionary performance “Lipsync” dedicated to human speech), and in 2008, for “The Dark Side of the Moon”. In 2013, Lepage staged “Hamlet | Collage” in the Theatre of Nations, where all parts were played by Yevgeny Mironov.
Works by Robert Lepage can vary in style (sometimes different kinds of theatrics are used in the same performance), but are always notable for high-tech settings and crafty scenic design solutions. This exhibition, which opens in Moscow as part of the Territory (Territoriя) festival, has not gone far from its author’s theatrical experiments. The exhibition was created as a gift for the national library of Quebec, Lepage’s hometown, and is a virtual reality performance full of fantastic visual effects. The voice of Yevgeny Mironov, curator of the Russian version and also the festival’s art director, will accompany Moscow audiences on a journey through Lepage’s fantasies.
Museum tickets and registration required.