8 June / 14:00
Kramskoy's Art Museum
Platonov in the graphic arts

The exhibition will include 11 graphic works from the collections of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts created by artist and sculptor, a member of the Royal Academy of Arts, UK Kirill Sokolov (1930 - 2004). He produced a number of illustrations to Andrey Platonov's novel «The Foundation Pit».  Many of these – two 1991 drypoints and nine 2000 drawings lifted and printed from wax crayon orginals (artist's technique) – are now in the collection of the Pushkin Museum in Moscow.

Graphic artist, painter and cartoonist, Honored Artist of Russia Nikolay Popov will present his illustrations to Platonov's «Noah's Ark», published in «Vagrius» in 2006, and a few lithographs based on the novel «The River Potudan». Popov has won many awards for his graphic works.
Alexander Antonov’s works made in ink and whitewash will also be the part of exhibition. The works are based on «The Foundation Pit», «Chevengur», stories and plays by Andrey Platonov. Antonov works in a genre of unique graphics, book illustrations and etchings.

Dmitry Kondratyev (1908-2008) began to refer to Platonov's images in the 1970’s - when it was very difficult to find any Platonov’s editions. There are few Platonov illustrations created by Kondratyev because his allegorical and grotesque works were not performed on the occasion – but on the needs of the soul.

- His heroes are people who are not tied to a particular place. They can be characterized not through the places they live in, but through the special «intimacy», immersion in themselves. This human type was introduced to the culture by Andrey Platonov, - says Voronezh University Professor Tamara Dyakova in the essay on the spiritual relationship between Platonov and Kondratyev.

Some of the works to be included in the festival exhibition were donated to the Kramskoy’s Art museum by the artist's widow in 2011.

- When you look into the art space of Kondratyev’s etching, it seems that you hear the speech of the Platonov’s literary characters. The writer’s language and the artist’s art are very similar, - says about the director of the Kramskoy’s museum Vladimir Dobromirov.

Moscow artist Mikhail Verholantsev works in the field of applied and easel graphics, design and painting. Among his awards are the awards and medals of the international biennale of graphics in Russia, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium, Turkey, Poland and China. The artist was awarded the silver medal of the Russian Academy of Arts, the Gold Medal of the Creative Union of Artists of Russia and many others. Verholantsev was a member of the international congresses of small graphics FISAE in 1988, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010 in Russia, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland and Turkey.

28 drawings by Verholantsev will be the part of the visual program. The works were created for the collector's edition «Epifan Locks» by Andrey Platonov. The book was published in 2009 in publishing house «Deich» edition of 99. Exclusive images were made in the technique of ink, pen, pencil, blur and mixed media.

Mikhail Verholantsev: «I saw Platonov’s characters with my own eyes, I talked to them and I was a friend of them. That’s why I find it wrong to illustrate Platonov using interesting formalistic techniques. Platonov was an artist with an open mind and his works should be illustrated directly, without any pretensions to significance. The basic idea of Platonov is that the proletariat lives as complex intellectual life as the upper classes. In short, the worker has the gene of Confucius».

Exhibition will become the part of memorial Platonov Festival program and will be open until June 30, 2012.