The State Tretyakov Gallery holds an exhibition "Give me Kuzbass!", which exhibits works on an industrial theme from two main art museums in the region - the Museum of Fine Arts of Kuzbass and the Novokuznetsk Art Museum.
The current exhibition, timed to coincide with the anniversary of one of the main industrial centers of Russia, is the largest thematic selection of works of art reflecting the history and culture of Kuzbass, presenting an unexpected cut of the fine arts of the 20th and early 21st centuries. The central piece of the exhibition project "Give Kuzbass!" the poster of the outstanding Soviet artist Alexander Deineka "Let's give proletarian personnel to the Ural-Kuzbass" (1931) from the collection of the Russian State Library was selected. The call formulated by the artist in the early 1930s, when the selfless labor of ordinary people made it possible to make a powerful leap forward and raise the country's industry, is also relevant today. Therefore, the organizers of the exhibition brought the title of Deineka's poster into the title of a large-scale exhibition project. According to the idea of the curatorial team, the exposition has three main sections.
The first presents works of art from the industrialization era, created by artists in the 1920s and 1930s. The second section of the exhibition showcases works of the 1960s – 1980s, performed mainly by masters of the local art school and by artists who came to the region, such as Alexei Glandin and Boris Plyonkin. The third section of the exhibition is dedicated to contemporary art. The viewer will see the works of Pavel Otdelnov, Yegor Plotnikov and Ilya Gaponov.