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Exhibition December 6, 2019 − February 9, 2020

Crystallography of Malevich and Leonidov

In the gallery "On Shabolovka" Association "Exhibition Halls of Moscow" opened an exhibition"Crystallography of Malevich and Leonidov"dedicated to the influence of scientific discoveries of the late XIX - early XX century on domestic art.

The unusual exhibition consists of paintings and graphic works of artists, samples of crystals and scientific works, and demonstrates the connection of science and art, the influence of the world of research, evidence and strict accuracy on the delicate matter of inspiration of artists.

In particular, the focus is on the discovery of Max von Laue, the study of the structure of substances and obtaining photographs of crystal lattices by father and son Braggie, the first publication of photographs of snowflakes obtained by Wilson Bentley. Their influence on the theoretical searches of Kazimir Malevich, Mikhail Matyushin and his circle, on El Lissitzky, Alexander Rodchenko, sculptors Karl Johanson and Naum Gabo, architects Yakov Chernikhov, Ivan Leonidov and many others is noticeable.

Relying on rare publications and archival documents, one can prove the passion of Matyushin and Malevich for discoveries in the field of crystallography, the facts of transferring these discoveries using artistic means. It is known about the use of Haeckel lithographs in work on architectural projects by Ivan Leonidov. Such intersections at the exhibition are illustrated by books, photographs, original manuscripts of artists, graphic and pictorial works, sculptures, and the very objects of inspiration - minerals, pre-revolutionary lithographs depicting crystals and microorganisms from museums and private collections.

Prepared from the gallery“On Shabolovka”.