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Someone 1917

Exhibition September 28, 2017 − January 14, 2018
The Tretyakov Gallery invites all connoisseurs to visit the exhibition "Someone 1917", which highlights the role of art in a turning-point.
147 exhibits, including 117 picturesque, 27 graphic, 3 sculptural works, as well as archival documents, demonstrate the reaction to the turbulent events of 1917 of the most significant representatives of the era.

The exposition consists of several thematic sections: "Myths about the people", "The city and the townspeople", "The era in the faces", "Get away from this reality!", "The troubled", "Utopia of the new world", "Chagall and the Jewish question".

Among the exhibits there are works of both artist-myth creators who thought about the difficult future of Russia, and Utopian non-subject who proclaimed the creative transformation of the world. Figurative painting is represented by the works of B. Grigoriev, B. Kustodiev, M. Nesterov, K. Petrov-Vodkin, Z. Serebryakova, and the non-objective painting by V. Kandinsky, I. Klyun, K. Malevich, L. Popova, A. Rodchenko, O. Rozanova and other avant-garde artists.

This difference, the variety of creative statements, the ambiguity of artistic opinions indicate that in this unstable time, art has not been controlled by either the state or the market.

The background to works of art are photographic evidence of this crucial time. War, demonstrations, changing political leaders, unsettled life, queues for bread, suffering, hatred and enmity appear before the audience, inviting them to become party to difficult events.

Participants of the project, except for the State Tretyakov Gallery, State Russian Museum, museums of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Arkhangelsk, Astrakhan, Ekaterinburg, Krasnodar, Pskov, Rostov the Great; Center Georges Pompidou, Paris; Tate Modern, London; Ludwig Museum, Cologne; Tel-Aviv Museum of Art; archives of Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Based on the materials of the official site The State Tretyakov Gallery.