Vladimir Yankilevsky, Serge Lido and Alexei Gastev. Main exhibitions of September

Vladimir Yankilevsky, Serge Lido and Alexei Gastev. Main exhibitions of September
Photo by Moscow Museum of Modern Art
Events offered by Moscow museums and galleries for the first month of autumn.

The Museum of Moscow tells the history of Moscow textile, Gallery on Shabolovka studies the Soviet system of scientific management of labour, with Multimedia Art Museum opening six exhibitions at a time. Read about the exhibitions to make this autumn bright in the collaborative article by mos.ru and Mosgortur Agency.

'In Search for a Habitable Space. Sculptor Alexei Grigoriev' exhibition at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art

Address: 17 Yermolayevsky Pereulok

Date: until 13 October

Photo by Moscow Museum of Modern Art

Sculptor Alexei Grigoriev (1949-2002), who joined the Union of Artists in the mid-1970s and left the country in the early 1990s, took part in major exhibitions of Moscow nonconformists and completed many state orders. His monumental sculptures of stone, metal and wood are stored now in many cities of Russia and in Berlin, as after 1991 the artist lived both in Russia and Germany. Grigoriev's works are also held by museums, including the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, State Tretyakov Gallery and others, although the artist had always insisted that his sculptures must be set up in the open air. The largest collection of Alexei Grigoriev's works is represented in the Muzeon Arts Park.

The exhibition 'In Search for a Habitable Space', organised by the Moscow Museum of Modern Art in collaboration with the Muzeon Arts Park is timed to the 70th anniversary of Grigoriev's birthday. 15 sculptures and 20 graphic artworks from the Museum's holdings are displayed at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts' Educational Centre. A separate research part is devoted to the sculptor's biography, it contains archival documents, photos and videos.

Admission is free.

'Gastev. How to work' at the Gallery on Shabolovka

Address: 24/2 Serpukhovsky Val Street

Dates: 4 September — 24 November

'How to Work' is the title of a book written in 1921 by Alexei Gastev, a Soviet scientist, a revolutionary, the founder of the Central Labour Institute and the system of scientific management of labour in the USSR. A poet by vocation (two collections of Gastev's poems were published in 1919 and 1921), he had brought poetry to his scientific work, too. The Institute he had created both developed standards and issued instructions, and was instilling culture — proper arrangement of work and everyday life.

The exhibition 'Gastev. How to Work' tells about little-known episodes of the first years of Soviet Russia through the perspective of Alexei Gastev's personality. A team of historians, art historians, literary scholars and sociologists guided by the Gallery's Director Alexandra Selivanova have done comprehensive research, since, despite Gastev's contribution in labour management, his book had never been published in Russia.

The display is arranged as regular educational museums of the 1920s. Visitors will both view rare documents and Central Labour Institute's directives reconstructed, and have an opportunity to work independently with the archive and printed articles.

Ticket — from RUB 100.00.

'Generalić and His Army' at the Museum of Russian Lubok and Naїve Art

Address: 10 Maly Golovin Pereulok

Dates: 5 September - 20 October

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The Museum of Russian Lubok is to open the exhibition of Hlebine School of Art, a unique branch of the Croatian naïve art started by a naïve art classic Generalić (1914-1992). Hlebine art brings to mind Bosch and Brueghel's paintings, Russian lubok and Emir Kusturica's films.

All works are made in the most intricate technique of reverse painting on glass, where the artist paints a mirror image on the reverse side of the picture-to-be. An artist has to be super precise with the contour and colour. Apart from Generalić's works, the exhibition presents paintings by Mijo Kovačić, Ivan Večenaj, Dragan Gaži, Ivan Lacković and other artists.

Ticket — from RUB 150.00.

'Pit — Excavation — Museum' at the Museum of Moscow

Address: 2 Zubovsky Boulevard

Dates: 6 September — 20 October

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The Museum of Moscow sums up its summer archaeological season with an exhibition of antiquities. Exhibitions of treasure troves found by Moscow archaeologists have already become a tradition for the Museum. ‘Pit — Excavation — Museum' exhibition, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Russian archaeology, presents recently discovered artefacts, items taken from holdings, and those waiting to be restored. An old toy gun, coins and a collection of tiles dating to the early 18th century are the exhibition’s highlights.

Ticket — RUB 200.00.

'Collecting the City' at the Museum of Moscow

Address: 2 Zubovsky Boulevard

Dates: 6 September — 20 October

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The Museum of Moscow calls the exhibition 'Collecting the City' a hooligan project that erases the boundaries between the Museum and a private collection. The first part of the exhibition includes the weirdest items the Museum has, whose purpose is still unclear.

The second part of the exhibition showcases items from the collections of eight extraordinary collectors: homemade design (Vladimir Arkhipov's collection), jazz music tape recordings (Anatoly Perov), mail art (Ilya Semenenko-Basin), illustrated out-of-print publications (Dmitry Tsvetkov), vintage clothing (Alexander Petlyura), Thaw-era design (Artyom Dezhurko), old appliances (private Museum of Industrial Culture) and a note made by an antiquary (Irakli Meskhia).

Ex-Director of the Museum Alina Saprykina is one of the art curators of the exhibition.  Ticket — RUB 200.00.

'Ozero (school): How to Tell You So You Understand?' at the State Darwin Museum

Address: 57 Vavilova Street

Dates: 7 September — 8 December

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Ozero (school) is a joint interdisciplinary project by a group of artists from Russia and Sweden engaged in art pedagogy. Originating from the Arkhangelsk region and the province of Jämtland (Sweden), it features the next stage of its development at the Darwin Museum. Under the glass roof of the tropical greenhouse, plants of the Russian North, Museum exhibits, unusual installations and art objects are to become a unified exhibition inspired by Jean-Jacques Rousseau's education science. The French philosopher of the Enlightenment Age believed that nature is the best textbook for a child, and the knowledge of acquaintance and experience are the basis of a scientific knowledge.

Ticket — from RUB 150.00.

'Museum of Moscow. Starting Point' at the Museum of Moscow

Address: 2 Zubovsky Boulevard

Date: from 7 September (permanent exhibition)

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The Museum of Moscow opens a new free permanent exhibition to tell about its history and today's activities. You will view gems of the Museum's holdings: a shaving kit of an officer of Napoleon's Army, a mug from Royal gifts of Nicholas II, distribution of which led to the tragedy on Khodynkoye Pole, engineer Vasily Shukhov’s compasses. The main part will remain the same, but each month one of its sections, exhibition of the month, is to be updated. September's theme is the Moscow (Moskva) toponym and same-name objects: hotel, perfume, car and receiver.

Admission is free.

'Non-Defect' at the AZ Gallery

Address: 39 Starokonyushenny Pereulok

Dates: 12 September — 6 October

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Any artist working with clay risks getting not what he or expected after baking. Changes in colour, shape, streaks and cracks make adjustments to the original idea. Glass and metal artists face the same problem. How should an author treat such interference of elements or self-will of the material?

Non-Defect project participants present the results of a creative process when something went wrong. All exhibits are literally unique, as even their authors would not be able to recreate these sculptures, art objects and installations.

Ticket — RUB 200.00.

New exhibitions in the Multimedia Art Museum

Address: 16 Ostozhenka Street

Dates: 18 September — October — November

Photo by Multimedia Art Museum

On 18 September, Multimedia Art Museum opens the season with six new exhibitions. Lobster Land will present 7 m paintings by Philip Colbert, a British artist known as Andy Warhol' s godson, 'Serge Lido's Archive' will show more than 200 works by one of the most prominent ballet photographers of the 20th century, a retrospective by German artist Rosemarie Trockel will make you wonder about the gender bias in art and life, with Russian artist Alexandra Vertinskaya  showing heavenly Paradise through the perspective of the Botanical Garden in her 'Paradis' exhibition.

A retrospective of the works of one of the key innovators of unofficial Soviet art, Vladimir Yankilevsky, will be the highlight of the new series of exhibitions at Multimedia Art Museum. 'Heroic Monument' is a reconstruction of the 1994 Monument heroïque exhibition (Paris) held at the La Base Contemporary Art Centre. Visitors will view works from the renowned  'Self-Portraits', 'People in Boxes' and 'City' series.

The Museum will also showcase new arrivals at the 'Favourites. To the 100th Anniversary of Birthday' exhibition of works by the legendary Soviet photographer Evgeny Umnov.

For 25 years, Umnov had worked as a press photographer in Ogonyok magazine, but he was more renowned as a ballet photographer filming the stage and life behind the scenes of the Bolshoi Theatre. Aspiring artists of that time believed that if Umnov made your portrait, you would have a successful career. The exhibition will mostly feature previously unpublished works.

Ticket — RUB 500.00.

'Moscow Fabrics' at the Museum of Moscow

Address: 2 Zubovsky Boulevard

Dates: 20 September — 15 December

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The major autumn project of the Museum of Moscow is dedicated to the history of Moscow textiles since 1880. The exhibition includes five sections, each dealing with a certain stage of development of fabric production in Moscow. Museum guests will view unique photos and videos, documents and catalogues with fabric samples and sketches, exhibits of Moscow manufactories and even machines. One of the sections is dedicated to 12 artists who have made a special contribution to the age-old history and aesthetics of Moscow textile.

Ticket — RUB 200.00.