Facets of the XX century
Selected works from the collection of the Samara Art Museum
Belousov V. First winter. 1968
Oil on cardboard
Bosko U. Weekdays of the Volgograd HPP. 1960
Oil on canvas
Korzhev G. On the road. 1963
Oil on canvas
Pimenov U. The letter has arrived. 1940
Oil on canvas
Tutunov A. Upland. In the tea room. 1965
Oil on canvas
Date: October 25, 2022 — January 29, 2023
Venue: MMOMA, Gogolevsky Blvd. 10/1

Curated by Svetlana Shatunova

The Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents an exhibition of twentieth-century works from the Samara Art Museum collection, dedicated to the 125th anniversary of its foundation.

This section of the Samara Museum collection has more than five thousand works that are not displayed in the main exhibition. The show features the most prominent artists of the avant-garde era, the Soviet and post-Soviet periods, including Nadezhda Udaltsova, Pyotr Konchalovsky, Alexander Samokhvalov, Pavel Korin, Yuri Pimnenov, Geliy Korzhev, Arkady Plastov, Ely Beliutin, Yuri Zlotnikov, and others.

The exposition in the MMOMA is assembled chronologically and demonstrates all tendencies in the Russian art of the 20th century, its metamorphoses and transitions from decade to decade: Beginning with the avant-garde, the legendary Jack of Diamonds and the Blue Rose, the art of the 20th century continues with the work of members of early Soviet art associations — the Society of Easel Artists (OST) and the Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia (AKhRR) — engaged in genre painting featuring people from the newborn country. Next comes the widely known Soviet realism, with the art of the Great Patriotic War occupying a special place in this period. The official art of this period is contrasted with the more private, sometimes naïve art of provincial authors.

The thaw period of the 60s is marked by the ‘severe style’ represented by the works of Geliy Korzhev, Pyotr Ossovsky and others. Ely Beliutin represents non-official art: the exhibition at the MMOMA includes his works made in the style of abstract expressionism, and given to the Samara Art Museum by his widow, art critic Nina Moleva. The diversity of genres in the Samara Art Museum collection is also noteworthy — each period is captured in landscapes, still lifes, portraits and everyday scenes related to the spirit of the time.

With the beginning of the twenty-first century, the collection of the museum has received the works of contemporary artists. The participants of the Shiryaevskoye Biennale, held in 1999 in a small village in the Samara region, were the first ones to be included in the collection. In 2004, after the Venice Biennale was over, the works of Valery Koshlyakov, Konstantin Zvezdochetov, Sergey Bratkov, Vladimir Dubossarsky and Alexander Vinogradov, exhibited earlier in the Return of the Artist Russian pavilion, were brought into the museum.

This full retrospective of the 20th century shown in the MMOMAdemonstrates the masterpieces from the Samara Art Museum’s collection and simultaneously reflects the distinctive trends in the development of modern Russian art.

Samara Regional Art Museum is among the largest museums of the Russian province. It is the oldest and most prestigious exhibition space in the Samara region. The museum was founded in 1897 as an initiative of Samara artists, headed by Konstantin Golovkin. The museum building was finished at the beginning of the XX century. It is an architectural monument of federal significance, one of the most beautiful and recognizable buildings of Samara, located in the historic center of the city. At present the museum collection numbers more than 18 thousand works of Western and Russian art of the main fund, covering the period from the end of the XVI century to the beginning of the XXI century. The museum maintains close ties with Russian and foreign museums, cultural centers and collectors.