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7 April

Exhibitions of Platonov Arts Festival

Today at the press conference in the House of Journalists, the Artistic Director of the Festival, Mikhail Bychkov, announced the Exhibition Program of the forum. It included six projects, among them, for the first time in the history of Platonov Arts Festival - video installation.


Kramskoy's Art Museum

The largest project in the Festival Visual Arts Program (organized together with the Russian Museum)  is  "The Petrograd Avant-garde of 1915 - 1925". The exposition will be located on the 1st and 2nd floors of Kramskoy's Art Museum.

Once again, we are going back to the Russian Avant-garde - a powerful artistic movement of Platonov’s time – this year to his Petersburg story. 

The exhibition contains more than 100 works, paintings and graphics of artists, belonged to the Artistic Community “Apartment №5”: Kazimir Malevich, Lev Bruni, Nathan Altman, Vladimir Tatlin, Nikolai Tyrsa, Petr Miturich, Petr Lvov, Svyatoslav Nagubnikov, Nikolai Lapshin, Vladimir Lebedev, Mikhail Kupriyanov and Alexey Uspensky.

The exhibition will take place from June 2 to July 10, 2016.

The exhibition of one of the most famous Russian contemporary artists, Vladimir Dubossarsky, "When I grow up" will be presented on the 3rd floor of Kramskoy’s Art Museum. Along with the artist’s early works (late 1980-s.), the exposition contains the entirely new ones. All paintings are united under the Childhood theme and their proximity to the works of Andrey Platonov.

The exhibition will take place from June 4 to July 10, 2016.



Exhibition Hall at Kirova 8

For the third year in a row, Platonov Arts Festival collaborates with A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum. This year the project "Theatre of Tairov and Koonen" will be presented at the Exhibition Hall at Kirova 8. The exposition includes sketches of costumes and stage designs, costumes reconstructions, scale models of performances, posters and photographs of the Moscow Chamber Theatre.


The exhibition reflects not a simple fate of the theater, which had become a striking phenomenon of the XX century, and the people who lived by this theater - its founder and chief director Alexander Tairov and the leading actress of the Chamber Theatre Alice Koonen.

The exhibition will take place from June 2 to 30, 2016


Art center “Commune”

Platonov Arts Festival will be opened again in the building of the former printing press of the newspaper “Commune” at Prospekt Revolutsii, 39 B. Over there three exhibitions will take place, from June 2 to 14:  


"Unfinished Eisenstein" is the exhibition created in collaboration with "Eisenstein-Centre" supported by The Russian State Archive of Literature and Arts. Its main feature - the unfinished film "Long Live Mexico!", directed by the great master, along with the idea that life and work of geniuses is not finished with their death - it extends to other times, finding new values.

The exhibition includes 300 frames of the film "Long Live Mexico!" (1930-1932), 40 photos of the working moments, 40 printed copies of the Mexican drawings by Sergei Eisenstein, and 16 "frames accompanying” drawings.

The exhibition is accompanied by the cinema program, which will be announced later.


"The Practice of Growing Up" is the large-scale installation of Alexander Shishkin-Hokusai, consisting of multiple plywood figures, hand-made and hand-painted by the artist.

Alexander Shishkin  is a famous Russian theater artist, this year Platonov Arts Festival will present the play "The Drunk Ones" (director - Andrey Moguchiy, artist - Alexander Shishkin). Outside of his theatrical activities, the artist positions himself under the pseudonym Shishkin-Hokusai. He was nominated for the Kandinsky Prize. His exhibitions were held in Russia, Ireland, France, Finland, and other countries.

For the first time the installation "The Practice of Growing up" was shown in 2015, at the Museum of Street Art in St. Petersburg. 


"Inverso Mundus / Inverted World" - a video installation of the Art Group AES + F, in which the artists, referring to the late Middle Ages and Renaissance, transmit the idea of  the "World Inside Out" to the XXI century. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow.

The plot is based on the ancient engraving “Inverso Mundus” (from Latin “Inverted World), which depicts a pig disemboweling the butcher; a child punishing the teacher; a man carrying the donkey on his shoulders; a male and female exchanging their costumes and roles, a beggar majestically giving alms to the rich man, devils, chimeras, and finally, the death itself - sometimes with the scythe, sometimes camouflaged as a crazy doctor.

In the interpretation of the well-known Art Group AES + F (Tatiana Arzamasov, Lev Evzovich, Evgeny Svyatsky and Vladimir Fridkes) absurd stories of bygone eras take place in the modern everyday life, the history repeats itself: the world transforms again and established values are again being questioned.