Russian Language Textbook
Part of the Collection. Vantage Point Program
Николай Антипин (1931-2017)
Ландшафт ХХ века. 1995
Холст, масло
Евгений Вахтангов (1942-2018)
Подвиг. 1984
Холст, масло
Ирина Нахова (р. 1955)
Что я видел. 1997
Мешковина, парашютный шелк, фанера, шитьё
Анатолий Осмоловский (р. 1969)
Хлеба. Третья серия (фрагмент). 2007
Дерево, резьба, тонирование
Андрей Ройтер (р. 1960)
Муки творчества (часть триптиха). 1987
Холст, масло
Date: AUGUST 05 — SEPTEMBER 26, 2021



The Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents a new project — Russian Language Textbook — which explores the visual forms and images that had been familiar to every Soviet person since childhood as well as their reflection in contemporary art.

For several generations who received their secondary education in the USSR, the Russian textbook became a kind of fateful book that introduced children to the visual arts. The special part of the edition, devoted to the classics of Russian painting, published works by such artists as Vasnetsov, Levitan, Chuikov, Plastov, Reshetnikov, and others. Being placed at the end of the textbook, after the monotonous teaching text material, such an album evoked vivid impressions and, therefore, stayed in the pupils’ memory. At the same time, the subjects of the paintings were also associated with key social concepts: students wrote essays on the works of art about memory, the past, labor, family, nature, etc. Somewhat changing the view of common concepts and values, the education system today still applies similar methods.

Modern art can give answers to a number of fundamental questions that overlap with the thematic range from the old textbook. After all, young artists, who grew up in the post-Soviet era, still use a set of Soviet symbols and ideas in their works.

The exhibition will feature works from the MMOMA collection that address social problems based on archetypes that have been formed by generations. Thus, images of nature remind one of responsibility for the environment, war images remind one of the dark side of armed violence. These themes are raised in the works of Nikolai Antipin, Yevgeny Vakhtangov, Irina Nakhova, Anatoly Osmolovsky, Andrei Reuter, Aidan Salakhova and others. A special part of the exhibition will display the works made in cooperation with the children’s studio of the MMOMA. The exhibition features drawings by students, which if the viewer so chooses can open or logically summarize the exhibition, while in a short film the authors of these works tell about their attitude to the themes raised by the grown-ups’ art. Thus, the Russian Language Textbook exhibition offers the viewer an opportunity to reflect on the dialogue between three systems — the pedagogical retro-model, the reflection of the modern artist, and the pure imagination of the child.

Collection. Vantage Point Program at MMOMA

Collection. Vantage Point is a long-term exhibition program developed specifically for the MMOMA Education Center in addition to the series of large-scale thematic exhibitions that have become emblematic for the museum. One of the program’s distinguishing features is a different, more focused and intimate approach to the study and demonstration of museum collections, as well as a much more dynamic rhythm of the exhibition. The program combines exhibitions of various types — from monographic and archival to interdisciplinary. Intended to explore individual segments of the collection, these essentially laboratory projects often address private, non-mainstream, artistic subjects and allow new exhibition solutions to be tested.

Collection. A Vantage Point Program provides an opportunity to consider a wide range of phenomena — names, trends, images and ideas in the Russian art of the XX-XXI centuries from different positions and perspectives. In turn, the museum collection itself serves as a unique resource and a convenient ‘vantage point’ for talking about art, history, science, and culture in general. The program was launched at the end of 2017 and is implemented by the curatorial staff of the Research Department of MMOMA.

The program is devised by Andrey Egorov and Anna Arutyunyan.

The MMOMA Education Center was opened in the winter 2017 as one of the four venues of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. The creation of such a Center has become a logical development of the museum’s activity in the sphere of education and popularization of contemporary art, which
allows it to consolidate and expand all existing educational projects of the museum. The Center is made with taking into account international experience and modern museum technologies. It
widens the diversity of audience experience and gives an opportunity to get new knowledge in the field of contemporary art and related disciplines for all comers, regardless of the previous
educational background. The architectural solution was realized by the bureau Masterskaya Be.

MMOMA Education Center aims to become a platform for self-education, creative and social initiatives, academic research and will contribute to the integration into the cultural life wide social
groups. The exhibition policy of MMOMA, an open library with more than 10 000 publications, the lectures created by MMOMA’s curators for children and teenagers, a series of family art therapy
programs will be interesting not only for the professional community, but also for the diverse group of spectators. Moreover, the building is adapted to the needs of people with limited mobility,
hearing and vision problems, which will continue the development of inclusive programs as one of the most important features of the museum.

An important goal of the center is to support young art by creating a productive environment for the generation and innovative creative initiatives not only in the cultural sphere, but also in the related
to the art fields — science, history, philosophy and literature.