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28 March

Platonov festival visual art program will consist of 5 projects


6 – 30 June



Personal exhibition of Yuri Petkevich

Kramskoy's Art Museum

Artist Yuri Petkevich is often called the only contemporary disciple of Andrey Platonov. He was born in Belarus, graduated from the advanced screenwriting and directing courses in Moscow, his paintings can be found in private collections and galleries  all over the world. Prose and art of Yuri Petkevich are inseparable, they mutually nourish each other. Petkevich is the author of such books as «The Angel Appearance», «Ferris Wheel» and «With a Bird on the Head» (illustrated by himself). 

«First time I saw Yuri Petkevich paintings 2 years ago, on an autumn evening, when he invited me to his studio. I was amazed because the faces of angels were looking at me from the naive paintings... Struggling with emotion, I told Yuri that his art is «kissed by angel». And, I think, I did not exaggerate», - writes well-known novelist and screenwriter Yuri Arabov in the preface to the book «With a bird on the head».

The exhibition at the Platonov festival will include portraits, genre scenes, landscapes by Yuri Petkevich, and religious, Christian painting of iconic character will hold a special place there.

6 – 30 June



Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow

Kramskoy's Art Museum

We rarely notice how famous artists, writers or musicians are dressed. We remember their faces, conversation, different events. In reality, however, every man has his own style, which manifests itself, among other things, in clothes.

The way a person behaves, talks, looks or dresses becomes especially significant when there is a drastic break with the past, a radical change in cultural tradition. One example of this would be the 1920s, when clothes were influenced by the Futurist or Constructivist aesthetics. In some cases it was important to amaze the audience, in others — to demonstrate self-assurance. The circle of friends and acquaintances of the photographer and artist Aleksandr Rodchenko and of his wife Varvara Stepanova in terms of dress was marked by solid rationalism and, at the same time, by artistic freedom of pose and gesture.

It is interesting to take a closer look at the people of this milieu depicted on Rodchenko’s photographs between 1924 and the 1940s.

Every member of Rodchenko’s circle is marked by his or her unique style in clothes, reflecting the interior style of a particular individuality. These photographs faithfully represent both of them.

Each photograph for the exhibition is printed by hand from the original negatives in a single copy.

5 – 30 June



Personal exhibition of Leonid Tishkov

Gallery H.L.A.M.

Leonid Tishkov is a well-known Moscow artist, the creator of the incredible mythological creatures: Vodolazes (Deep Sea Divers), Dabloids, Living in a Trunk... He writes stories about the lives of these characters, creates paintings, drawings and books, organizes exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world. Tishkov is a member of the Union of Journalists (1982), the Moscow Union of Artists (1989).

In the 70's became famous as a cartoonist, in the 80s - as a book illustrator: he made illustrations for «War with the Newts» by Capek, «The Twelve Chairs» and «The Golden Calf» by Ilf and Petrov,  «Hunting of the Snark» by Carroll. Tishkov is the author of a three-volume edition «Divers», books «Dabloids», «Stomaki», «Chocks», «The Private Moon», «How to be a brilliant artist, with no drop of talent», «Crystal stomach of angel», play «Dabloids», etc. In recent years, he illustrates books of his wife – writer Marina Moskvina, who will be the guest of the Platonov Festival Book Fair in 2013.

Author of numerous solo exhibitions, including in Nasher Museum of Art (USA, 1993), Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Sofia Imber (Caracas, Venezuela, 1994), Block Museum (Ivenston, USA, 1995), the Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts (1995) , Novosibirsk Picture Gallery (1996), Fargfabriken, Center for Contemporary Art and Architecture (Stockholm, 1998), the Yaroslavl Art Museum (1999), Nizhny Novgorod Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Art (NNB NCCA, 1999), NCCA (Moscow, 2000) , Museum of Nonconformist Art (St. Petersburg, 2000), Museum of Decorative Art (Moscow, 2001), Krokin gallery (Moscow, 2004-2006, 2008, 2009), CCA Ujazdowski Castle (Warsaw, 2006), the Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art (2010), Children Art Museum (Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 2010), Taiss gallery (Paris, 2010).

His works are in the collections of State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow House of Photography, Pushkin Museum, the NCCA (Moscow), the Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts, MoMA (New York), Nasher Museum and Block Museum (USA), State Art Gallery of West Australia, Centro per l'arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci (Prato Italy), as well as Russian and foreign collectors.

Leonid Tishkov's exhibition «LOOK HOMEWARD» will be the part of the program of the third Platonov festival. 

«I’m returning Home where the walls are transparent and the ceiling is pierced with stars while inside everything is timeless, even sacred for the home-comer: the bed covered with a bedspread of light, a pair of heavenly skies, a wardrobe inhabited by various creatures, a loaf of bread sleeping on the table, and the twin salt shadows on the floor… Under the bed lies the same knitted rug my mother had made out of strips of my old clothes. It was a kind of placenta from which the fetus of my unconscious wooly life received its nourishment».

The artist spins a thread out of the formless cloud of being, twisting it round the spindle of his imagination to create his mythological world. Everything becomes a symbol and turns into a magic creature capable of expressing its secret thoughts about the subconscious events of its innermost life, in the language of the objects from the external world. 


4 June – 31 July



Works from the Saratov Radishchev Art Museum

Kramskoy's Art Museum

The central event of the festival visual program in 2013 will be the exhibition of Pavel Kuznetsov - a contemporary of Andrey Platonov who occupies a leading position in the history of Russian art .

The Saratov Radishchev Art Museum will provide about 60 paintings for the festival exhibition. And the works of this famous Russian painter will be exhibited in such volume for the first time. 

Pavel Kuznetsov (1878-1968) was born in Saratov in the family of iconographer. He studied at Saratov at Bogolyubov Art School, then Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture and for a year in Paris. His early paintings were exhibited by the Mir Iskusstva group, and he was closely associated with the Russian Symbolists. 

He helped to organize the Crimson Rose exhibition (1904) and was a founder and leader of the Blue Rose in 1907. He taught at the Stroganov Institute and at the Moscow Institute of Fine Arts. Headed the painting section of Narkompros until 1921, but fell out of official favour with the advent of Socialist Realism.

Kuznetsov's early paintings are typical of the Blue Rose group's poetic explorations of an interior, imaginative world through archetypal symbols. After 1910 he drew increasingly on folk culture, continuing to draw on the rich colours and harmonious rhythms of the Symbolists but simplifying his compositions to depict the everyday life of village communities of Kirghizstan in Central Asia.

Kuznetsov was not yet thirty, when his works were included in the famous exhibition of Russian art, arranged by Sergei Diaghilev in Paris. After the apparent success he was elected a member of the Salon d'Automne (for life).

Now the works by Pavel Kuznetsov can be found at the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Russian Museum, in many regional collections. In the early 1970s, the heirs of Pavel Kuznetsov donated over four hundred paintings to the Radishchev Art Museum. In 2000 the House-Museum of Pavel Kuznetsov was opened at his homeland in Saratov.


3 – 30 June


Platonov Arts festival in conjunction with the Moscow Polytechnical Museum

Exhibition Hall of Union of Artists

The third Platonov Arts festival is preparing a unique title - a book-album «Andrey Platonov. Personal File» that

will contain photographs and documents of the Platonov’s Voronezh period (1899 - 1926). The book will be connected with a large-scale exhibition project of the same name. The Platonov festival will organize it in conjunction with the Moscow Polytechnical Museum - one of the largest science museums in the world.

The exposition will include enlarged copies of photos, documents, letters, publications of Platonov, as well as artifacts from the museum's store and its main exhibition. Most of the exhibits will be related to Platonov literary themes - railway, irrigation, electrification. Andrey Platonov worked as an assistant engineer and mechanic and later worked as an Irrigation Engineer and expert on electrification of agriculture. Problem of the relationship between a man and technology are reflected in a number of Platonov’s works.

Transformers, pumps, wiring items, motors and generators – the items described in the book will materialize into real objects. And the festival book «Andrey Platonov. Personal File» will be presented at the opening of the exhibition.

This project will help professionals, readers and just visitors of the exhibition to expand their knowledge of one of the most amazing writers of the twentieth century.