Attention in the exposition is given to various aspects of the life of the "circulation" of paintings: the professional activities of curators and restorers, as well as the amazing phenomena of the "behind the scenes" of the museum collection, in which objective reality (canvas, stretcher, paints, inscriptions and signs) is mixed with fiction - images, usually hidden from prying eyes and keeping the history of their creation and about the creator himself. Separate works in the exhibition are devoted to the idea of space “behind the canvas”, experiments with the format of the painting and with the traditional concept of creating and destroying the “illusion of depth” in a flat work.
The works presented at the exhibition are divided into several thematic groups, among which are "Painting Biography", "Artist's Laboratory", "Otherworldly", "Metaphysics of Everyday Life" and others. The principle of selection was the curator's first impressions of the exhibits with images on the back found in the museum funds. A full-fledged study and description of these artifacts is still ahead, but for the time being they are for the first time "published", provided with brief curatorial remarks. The exhibition features works by Alexander Rodchenko, Eduard Krimmer, Alexander Labas, Boris Sukhanov, Natalia Parkhomenko, Vitaly Samarin, Eduard Steinberg, Vasily Sitnikov, Vyacheslav Koleichuk, Inal Savchenkov, Irina Korina, Khaim Sokol, Ivan Plusch, Taus Makhacheva and other authors.