On 14 February, the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre is opening a new exhibition, Playing With Masterpieces: From Henri Matisse to Marina Abramovic. The exhibition will run until 14 April.
Visitors will see modernism and contemporary art masterpieces. The exhibition will consist of selected works from the 20th and 21st centuries, including Kazimir Malevich (Three Figures in a Field), Francis Bacon (Study for Head of George Dyer), Roy Lichtenstein (Portrait), Vladimir Yakovlev (Cat Catching a Bird), Viktor Pivovarov (For Pasha, For Vika) and Natalia Goncharova (Bathing Girls). Additionally, the guests will see works by Wassily Kandinsky, Niko Pirosmani, Marina Abramovic, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.
More than 30 works of art will be on display, masterpieces representing various genres and techniques, from paintings and photography to installations and experimental animation.
Playing With Masterpieces is a family-friendly project. The exhibition was designed as an amusement ride. To see the works, you have to climb a ladder, bend down, ride down a slide or look into a closet.
Adults often think that they need specialist knowledge to understand modern art. This sometimes makes them feel awkward at such exhibitions because they don’t know the names of authors and they don’t know how to evaluate exhibits. Children are quite sure it is not meant for them at all – just because the paintings hang too high up. This time, the majority of the works are displayed at children’s eye level and provided with explanations.
Curators of the exhibition, Alexei Munipov, Irina Munipova, Liya Chechik and Irina Dvoretskaya, brought together works from different periods, schools, styles and movements in order to show that art is universal and every visitor can establish a dialogue with art. Artist Alexei Tregubov designed the structure of the exhibition.
A number of public educational events have also been organised. The programme includes lectures on emotional intelligence, children’s workshops and interdisciplinary meetings with psychologists, art historians and body practitioners.