In the suburbs was 60 paintings by Boris Kustodiev

Juicy paintings of Boris Kustodiev like a doctor prescribed in these gray days. Expose them now profusely ahead of the 140th anniversary of the artist. It seems that just organically they look in the Museum complex “the New Jerusalem”, where he developed a rare for Moscow region exhibition “Crown of the earth colors,” in which the painting is delicately interwoven with the poetry.

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The new Jerusalem is one of those places where you can go as a family and for the whole day. In addition to the marvelous resurrection of the new Jerusalem monastery, founded under Patriarch Nikon, there is a nice Park, which will soon inhabit modern sculptures and a giant on provincial standards Museum complex (11 thousand sq. m.). To show that there is: besides the permanent exhibition with various items (mostly telling, as was the way of the Holy places of Moscow region), entertaining beat of modern technologies, the Museum presents a resounding exhibition projects.

What is an exhibition of Pablo Picasso prepared in cooperation with the Pushkin Museum. Pushkin. Though we are not talking about the paintings, and original prints, created in 1919 to 1969, this extensive display of the artist’s works in the genre of livre d’artiste (a special kind of edition of literary text with illustrations) happened in Russia for the first time. And such an inventive design (on the walls “come alive” ornate images of Picasso) is not met on any of the Russian exhibition of the master.


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The picturesque surroundings of the New Jerusalem as if descended from the paintings of Kustodiev, and in the exhibition 60 from 13 Russian museums. Everywhere boiling human crowd: bright spectacular images of carnival, lively merchants, rouged Russian Venus, statuesque and graceful ladies such as Maria Yershova, the daughter of an Opera singer. Her portrait was exhibited at the famous exhibition “World of art”, 1913, after which the century was out of the view of art historians and is found in a private collection in the process of preparation of the project.

For Kustodiev was fundamentally cling not for pretty faces, but for the typical, not for the solemn peace, and the fleeting vanity — mischievous smile or a suspicious squint… While no detail overshadows resilient leaf perky folk festivals: no drunkards, no brawlers, no pickpockets… a Sense of reality arises, apparently, because the artist managed to find a balance between vitality and bright decorative effect.

— Since Kustodiev, was confined to bed in his work was a real breakthrough, says scientific Advisor of the project Olga Glebova. — He’s obscured portraits, wrote that the main thing that was the true content of his life — a Russian holiday. And, of course, the carnival, symbolizing the victory over death. Kustodiyev, avoiding death, wrote life itself and could not get enough of the sun, the crunch of snow, the jingle bells on threes, screams howling farce. He was in a hurry to move to canvas is an acute feeling of happiness of being, which was appreciated and for which worth living.

Since 1916, one after the other from under his brush blossom festive celebrations, bazaars and fairs. Around his family circle, death, war, famine, but creating on his canvases the spring festival, if the artist finds the strength to overcome the darkness and all its horrors. Six Carnivals (one of them is “Fair in Kineshma”, shown to a wide audience for the first time in a century) from 1916 to 1921, not counting the ones in the story of the paintings, were the main in his work, and deployed them in a panorama of the Russian life can be understood as willed ideal of happiness for Russia.


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…Not only art historians celebrate the anniversary of the painter, bibliophiles, too, but differently. Members of the National Union of bibliophiles made a virtual journey through the art worlds Kustodiev. Together with a specialist in art books of the 1920-ies Dmitry Fomin they met with the rarest of his works in the field of book graphics. And these things, and the picturesque, represented in the New Jerusalem, — not the dreams of gingerbread cheap popular fairy tale, it was said a short-sighted criticism, and the hymn of life itself.

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