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Nederland-Ruslandjaar 2013

Za 22 juni 2013, 15-17 uur: Alle werken Elena Preis uitgestald!

Karin de Bont, curator Ignatius Gallery, Amsterdam         

Voor info over de kunstenares, zie artikel door dr. Inge Wierda in: 
Prospekt. Tijdschrift over Rusland (UvA):

Voor info over het Nederland-Ruslandjaar 2013, zie: 

Modern Russian Pioneers IV: Kazimir Malevich (see 15/3/13)

The Blue Rose Exhibition in 1907 was one of the first Russian avant-garde events. A departure from a naturalist style, a symbolist tendency and an interest in the spiritual characterised the exposition. Although Kazimir Malevich did not participate in the show, he clearly took an interest in symbolist aesthetics and the exhibited works. This can be seen in several studies for a fresco also known as the Yellow Series, shown at the exhibition "The Great Change" in the Bonnefantemuseum in Maastricht (Spring 2013) and the exhibition "Kazimir Malevich and the Russian Avant-Garde’’ in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (19.

Modern Russian Pioneers III: Natalya Goncharova (see 15/3/13)

In December 1909, a group of artists around Goncharova launched neo-primitivist art at the third exhibition of the ‘Golden Fleece’, in which they affirmed a national identity in a similar vein to the artists of Abramtsevo. They explored Russian roots as found in the country’s ‘primitive’ pagan, as well as medieval, Orthodox past and continued to propagate the rural myth of ‘obshchina’, as well as the spiritual notion of ‘sobornost’. In line with the Slavophiles and Abramtsevo artists’ circle, the neo-primitivists cherished their peasants and saints, their land and their religion as symbols of a national identity.

Modern Russian Pioneers II: Breaking with the Past

Breaking with the past
Russia certainly was not the only country with a feudal system in 19th century Europe. It is not a coincidence that a critical realist current in art emerged in mid 19th century in France also. Like Russian realists after the abolishment of serfdom in 1861, French artists sympathised with the so-called 'lower' classes after their 1848 revolution and the abolishment of slavery in French colonies a year later. This can be demonstrated in Gustave Courbet's famous painting of the 'Stone Breakers' (1849) and Francois Miller's 'Sower' (1950).

Modern Russian Pioneers I: Introduction (see blogpost 15/03/13)

Various group and solo exhibitions of early twentieth-century Russian avant-gardist art shown in the late 1980s and 1990s in Western Europe, following Mikhail Gorbachev’s policy of ‘glasnost’, aroused my professional interest in Russian art history. The renewed acquaintance first led to research in preparation for the design of courses about Russian art, secondly to a PhD-research project on the late nineteenth-century Russian art practices of Abramtsevo artists’ circle, and the hypothesis that this circle holds a key to a more profound understanding of ‘the Russian avant-garde’, and to Russian culture as a whole.

Exhibition "Moscow School: Tradition and Today", Ikonenmuseum, Kampen

For more information, see the following sites:

Extended due to success to 29/03/2014!

Bij de tentoonstelling is een boekje verschenen, verkrijgbaar bij Boekhandel Kirchner en natuurlijk in het Ikonenmuseum in Kampen.

Expositie "Moskouse School" geopend in het Ikonenmuseum!

               De expositie "Moskouse School. Traditie en Heden" is op zaterdag 
19 oktober 2013 geopend in het Ikonenmuseum in Kampen! 

Er zijn 60 hedendaagse ikonen uit Moskou te zien die ter gelegenheid                van het Nederland-Ruslandjaar 2013 door Russische professionals            geschilderd zijn.

Ikonenmuseum, Buiten Nieuwstraat 2, Kampen
Geopend tot en met 4 januari 2014

Elena Preis: Retrospective and Recent Works (2013)

The Ignatius Gallery in Amsterdam organised a Preis retrospective as part of the Netherlands-Russia Year 2013 earlier this year. It was a premiere of her oeuvre in the Netherlands, in which the artist made a clear statement. In September 2013 another major exhibition opened in the Otten Kunst Raum, where recent paper reliefs -and sculptures by Preis will be shown along works of her sculptor-friend Vasily Pavlovksy. The exhibition can be seen until 5 December in Hohenems (A).

Elena Preis was born in Stalinist Russia in 1937.

Thirty icons from the Andrei Rublev Museum in the Netherlands

Andrei Rublev (1360-ca.1420) was one of the nine persons and the first icon painter sanctified by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1988. He was canonised during a solemn ceremony in the Trinity-H. Sergius Monastery in Sergiev Posad, where Rublev lived and worked for several years.[i] 
In 1982, Irina Vasilevna Vatiginoi was commissioned to create the first icon of the saint for the occasion by the Holy Synod. Although there is no way to verify if the image she crafted looked like him, the inscription confirms that the saint depicted in the icon is Andrei Rublev.

Opening expositie Elena Preis in Amsterdam

Het Nederland-Ruslandjaar is niet alleen bedoeld om de economische betrekkingen te onderstrepen. Er is ook oog voor de mens achter de handel, al vinden de staten elkaar minder in hun opvattingen over mensenrechten dan in de culturele dimensie. En is het niet juist de beeldende kunst die aan verbroedering een belangrijke en positieve bijdrage kan leveren? Het Ignatiushuis haakt bij deze gedachte aan, met een interessante expositie van het werk van Elena Preis, die op 28 april jl. werd geopend.

Ook de kunstenares zelf was aanwezig.
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