"I Live and See" exposition includes about 100 paintings, graphics and photographs by nonconformist artists from poet Vsevolod Nekrasov’s collection. These works were donated to the Pushkin Museum by Galina Zykova and Elena Penskaya (the heiresses of the poet and his wife Anna Zhuravleva).
The exhibition features works by artists belonging to the Lianosov group, which became a hotbed of the Russian "unofficial art" of the "thawing" period: Evgeny Kropivnitsky, Olga Potapova, Lydia Masterkova, Oscar Rabin, Vladimir Nemukhin, Oleg Vasiliev, Erik Bulatov, Francisco Infante and others.
Vsevolod Nekrasov (1934 – 2009) is a Russian poet, art theorist, one of the leaders of the Second Russian avant-garde and the founders of Moscow Conceptualism. Since 1950s, he had been a member of the society of Russian poets and painters, centred around Evgeny Kropivnitsky and Oscar Rabin.
Nekrasov’s collection has been accumulated for over 50 years. It is not as much a collection as a part of Vsevolod Nekrasov’s life: every work, every piece of collection speaks of friendship and affection between its creator and the collector.
In 1960–1970s Nekrasov composed a series of the so-called picture poems combining poetry with visual art, one of them becoming the flagship for his friend Erik Bulatov. A number of Bulatov’s prints and paintings were inspired by the poet’s life motto:
«wanting I / want not/ and seek not/ I live and see»
Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, one of the largest museums of European and world art in Russia, presents its exhibits in Voronezh for the first time.
The museum was originally established in 1912 as the Emperor Alexander III Museum of Fine Arts under the Emperor Moscow University. The founder and first director of the museum was professor Ivan Tsvetaev.
The museum stores over 683 thousand exhibits. Its current exposition features a wide range of tinted plaster casts of works, spanning ancient times, Middle Ages and Renaissance, as well as a collection of genuine pieces of art, sculpture, graphics and applied arts.