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The blockade of Leningrad through the eyes of avant-garde artists

Exhibition December 20, 2019 − June 2, 2020
The State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg and the Museum of St. Petersburg Avant-Garde present a large-scale exhibition"The blockade of Leningrad through the eyes of avant-garde artists".

The exhibition, dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the complete liberation of Leningrad from the enemy blockade, will show more than 70 paintings and graphic works from the collections of the State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg. The exhibition includes works by 11 authors, whose work belongs to the traditions of the Russian avant-garde. Among them are the followers of P. N. Filonov: T. N. Glebova, P. M. Kondratiev, A. E. Mordvinov, V. A. Sulimo-Samuillo; student M.V. Matyushina E.M. Magaril; members of the Circle of Artists association: V. P. Kaluzhnin, V. V. Pakulin, A. F. Pakhomov, A. I. Rusakov; artist B. N. Ermolaev and architect A. S. Nikolsky.

All works were created in 1941-1944 and are evidence of the tragic events in the besieged city. “I now have to draw like a chronicler,” wrote T. N. Glebova in the besieged diary, expressing the desire of all artists who, despite hunger, cold, shelling and bombing, continued to work, recording the daily life of Leningrad and its inhabitants. At the same time, they taught, disguised objects, participated in the evacuation of museum collections, created posters, leaflets, postcards. And together with all Leningraders they stood in queues for hours, went for water, chopped wood ...

Two graphic cycles by T. N. Glebova “The Horrors of War for the Civilian Population” and “Blockade Leningrad”, drawings by A. E. Mordvinova and a series of works by E. M. Magaril, created using soot and soot, also tell about the besieged life. A separate block are full-scale sketches made by A. F. Pakhomov in the morgue of the hospital named after F.F. Erisman. These works reveal the whole depth of the tragedy that befell Leningrad.

Based on site materialsMuseum of the History of St. Petersburg.

Galleries at the exhibition