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12 April

The Festival’s Exhibitions

 Large-scale work collection of Fernand Léger, photos of Alexander Rodchenko and paintings by Niko Pirosmani, Sketches and models by Eduard Kochergin, canvases by Mikhail Roshnyak, “painted” by soil, and French Contemporary Dance through the lens of Vladimir Lupovsky's camera. This year the Platonov Festival in a collaboration with its creative partners will present 6 large-scale exhibitions, each of them can challenge the status of the brightest event of its visual program.


Fernand Léger. The Trellis. The Builders

Fernand Léger. Poetics of Modern Times

Paintings, drawings, art and craft items from the collection of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

June 6 - July 29

Voronezh Regional State Museum named after I.N.Kramskoy

Exhibition curator: Varvara Zamahaeva

"Fernand Léger. Poetics of Modern Times" exhibition will include over 50 works of the painter from the collection of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts  - regular partner of Platonov Arts Festival. The audience will be given a unique chance to see the masterpieces of the French modernist that for a long time were kept in the museum storerooms - paintings, drawings, art and craft items. The exhibition will be complemented by two tactile models for blind and visually impaired people based on the decorative reliefs of the master.

Fernand Léger (1881 - 1955) is one of the great 20th century artists, who, along with Picasso and Braque was among the forefathers of cubism. As many of his contemporaries, Léger made a contribution to several kinds of fine arts, equally brightly approved himself in each artistic area. All the different angles of the painter's talent will be shown at the exhibition in Voronezh.

Alexander Rodchenko. Shukhov Tower

Industrial world of Alexander Rodchenko

Photos from the collection of the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow

June 6 - July 1

Voronezh Regional State Museum named after I.N.Kramskoy

Curator: Olga Sviblova

Over 70 photos taken by Alexander Rodchenko in 1920s will be presented at the exhibition. The photos are from the collection of the Multimedia Art Museum.

The scale of the Alexander Rodchenko personality (1891-1956) is hard to overestimate. He laid the foundations of the Russian avant-garde, he was engaged in painting, sculpture, theatre and architecture; his posters and collages set new standards for design and advertising in the USSR. In addition, he was a prominent photographer and still is a symbol of Soviet photography.

He showed the world of a new Moscow, buildings, constructed by architects Alexander Vesnin, Moisei Ginzburg and Konstantin Melnikov. He showed vehicle assembly at AMO plant, generators at a power plant and production of light bulbs. He believed that the future belongs to the industrial world. However, there is always a man near industrial machines on Rodchenko's photos.

Eduard Kochergin. The model for the production "The Story of a Horse". The A.A. Bakhrushin Museum

Eduard Kochergin's theatre. Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Tolstoy

Sketches and models for theatrical productions of different years from collections of the A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum (Moscow), St.Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music (St.Petersburg), F.M. Dostoevsky Literary-Memorial Museum (St.Petersburg), museums of the Moscow Art Theatre (Moscow), the Bolshoi Drama Theatre (St. Petersburg), the Maly Drama Theatre (St. Petersburg)

June 7 - July 1

Gallery of the Voronezh Chamber Theater

Curator: Nadezhda Khmeleva

Eduard Kochergin is a prominent theatre artist, the artistic director of the Bolshoi Drama Theater named after G.A. Tovstonogov (since 1972). He has created design work for more than 200 plays in Russia and abroad. He has worked with many prominent theatre directors, among whom there are Georgy Tovstonogov, Anatoly Efros, Yuri Lyubimov, Kama Ginkas, Henrietta Janovskaya, Lev Dodin and many others.

Eduard Kochergin has had a number exhibitions, both in Russia and abroad, which covered the entire creative period of the set designer. Platonov Festival this year will be offering an unusual exhibition of Kochergin: his scenography related to the works of great Russian classical writers: Fedor Dostoevsky, Leo Tolstoy and  Anton Chekhov. There will also be the production directed by Georgy Tovstonogov - "The Story of a Horse", which has become the classics of the Russian theater.

The audience will be able to see the work of the stage artist not separated from the play itself, but as its integral part: apart from sets and costumes sketches there will be models and photographs from the plays themselves – both mise-en-scenes and the actors’ close-ups.

Niko Pirosmani. Company come in!

NAÏVE ... NO: Pirosmani and company!

Paintings, graphic works, sculptures from the collection of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (ММОМА)

June 8– July 1

Exhibition Hall at Kirova 8

Head of curator group: Ludmila Andreeva

Niko Pirosmani (1862-1918) was a Georgian self-taught artist, one of the most brilliant representatives of naïve art, whose works inspired many avant-gardists. ММОМА possesses one of the largest collections of Niko Pirosmani’s works, a considerable part of which will be shown at the exhibition in Voronezh.

The exhibition is aimed at accentuating the meeting points of professional and amateur art. The display of the exhibition “NAÏVE ... NO” will consist of two parts. The “naïve” section is represented by the works of Niko Pirosmani “accompanied” by Henri Rousseau, Pavel Leonov, Katya Medvedeva, Vladimir Zaznobin and Elena Volkova. The “professional” part of the display includes the art of Russian avant-garde classics, such as Mikhail Larionov, Natalia Goncharova, Vladimir Tatlin, David Burliuk, Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, the works of 1980s generation artists as well as contemporary artists who entered Russian art scene in 1990-2000s.

Mikhail Roshnyak. The way




The Foundation Pit

Mikhail Roshnyak (Moscow)

Pictures and objects made of soil and inspired by the works of Andrei Platonov

June 7 – 17

Art centre “Dom gubernatora”

The exhibition, based on Andrei Platonov’s milestone novel, displays paintings, objects, and installations of a Moscow artist Mikhail Roshnyak.

All Platonov’s works are charged with the theme of search for the meaning of life, universal truth, and, of course, the theme of death and overcoming it. Likewise, Mikhail Roshnyak is trying to come closer to uncovering the truth and comprehending the most complex meanings of human life using the unusual material and flatly refusing to accept the principles of artistic academism. His pictures made of soil symbolise and reveal the mystery of existence of a man who spends all his life digging a foundation pit in the hope of reaching the proverbial happiness. What he fails to notice, however, is life passing by while the foundation pit turns from the site of building a happy life to the tomb of broken dreams and false beliefs.

Mikhail Roshnyak is one of the most active and famous contemporary Russian artists. He took part in more than 100 group exhibitions and had 15 personal ones. He is the author and participant of over 100 live art and action art performances.

Photo by Vladimir Lupovsky

Different Trains. French contemporary dance in Russia

Joint project of the French Institute attached to the Embassy of France in Russia and photojournalist Vladimir Lupovsky

Supported by the French Institute in Paris

As part of the 25 Years of the project “French Contemporary Dance in Russia”

June 8-16

Voronezh Opera and Ballet Theatre 

In 2017 French contemporary dance marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of its appearance on the Russian stage. The French Institute in Russia has always considered promotion of contemporary dance one of its main tasks. During this time, with the assistance of the Institute, in Russia there have been more than 100 French plays, over 25 joint stagings, dozens of workshops and film screenings.  

Over these years, contemporary dance was seen through the lens of Vladimir Lupovsky's camera. The French Institute in Russia offered the famous photographer assistance in creating an exhibition of his unique archives to show it it at Russian festivals. The exhibition consists of 50 photographs and gives an idea of the performances of Dominique Boivin, Francois Verret, Jean-Claude Gallotta, Philippe Decouflé, Daniel Larrieu, Frederic Lescure, Heddy Maalem, Mourad Merzouki, Mathilde Monnier, José Montalvo, Jozef Nadj, Régis Obadia, Karine Ponties, Angelin Preljocaj, Pierre Rigal, Hervé Robbe, Pál Frenák, Rachid Ouramdane, Dominique Hervieu and numerous other choreographers. This is an impressive overview of French contemporary dance in Russia over the past 25 years.      

Vladimir Lupovsky is a famous photographer, an independent photojournalist, a member of Moscow Union of Journalists and International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).

A professional photographer since 1994, he collaborates with many theatres and dance companies. His works have been published in dozens of Russian and foreign newspapers and magazines, as well as in separate publications dedicated to the art of dance, among which - Ekaterina Vasenina's book album “Russian Contemporary Dance. Dialogues”. Vladimir has taken part in a number of  international photography exhibitions in Russia and abroad (Bulgaria, Spain, Lithuania, Poland, USA, France). He has had several dozen personal exhibitions, has worked as a curator of a number of photo exhibitions.