Russian Museum in the Winter: Many Malevich and the 'Invitation to Dinner'

The world of art is divided. In 1915, Kazimir Malevich officially presented the “Black Square” as the idea of ​​Suprematism, and we measure epochs on “Before and after the square”. This is the name of the largest exhibition of the artist’s works, which until February 2014 takes place in St. Petersburg in the Russian Museum. There you can eat ... art! The benefit of the “Invitation to Dinner” exposition is a mass of food on the works of old Russian masters from Kustodiev to Petrov-Vodkin, as well as the works of modern creators. With humor and taste!

Black square sun ?!

If you think that your child draws squares blacker than the famous figure of Malevich - welcome to the exhibition! Its organizers call for expanding our ideas about the creator, who "himself discovered many new artistic trends, and often himself gave them names." The task is quite real: the attention of visitors - hundreds of works from 1906 - 1933 from the collection of the Russian Museum, the world's largest collection of works by Kazimir Malevich. Rare early works are a special pride of the museum, because the bulk of the paintings of that period remained after the 1927 exhibition of the artist in Germany, and so “dissolved”: Malevich urgently returned to his homeland, asking friends to take care of the paintings. Well, today at the exhibition you can see the legendary square itself, its variations, as well as self-portraits, bright canvases “Girls in the Field”, “Athletes”, and many other skater and multi-figure compositions.Relaxation. Society in cylindersKazimir Severinovich Malevich1908, 23.8 × 30.2 cmWhat is interesting, the various “workers and collective farmers” already of Soviet times are faceless, and suprematism has its own face. The origin of the idea was presented 100 years ago in the futuristic opera “Victory over the Sun”, the art co-author of which was Malevich: in 1913 not an orange disc appeared on the scene, but a black square of light! The phenomenon of the Sun-square to the people Malevich himself described as follows:"The veil broke, tearing at the same time the cry of the consciousness of the old brain, opened before the eyes of the wild crowd the roads sticking both into the earth and into the sky."High calm! However, the very name "Suprematism" - from the Latin word "supremus" (highest). At the exhibition, you can see not only towering two-meter costumes "bylanders" for the play, recreated from Malevich’s sketches, but also fragments of a modern video (staged specifically for the exhibition!), And most importantly - original author drawings and old photos. Impressive! Like the whole exhibition “Before and after the square”: the museum hasn’t been of a similar scale since the 2000s.

Dinner is served!

Kustodiyevskaya merchant and wooden watermelon from log - Pinocchio’s dream, black chicken, naturel mushrooms and watercolor onionsAkvarel (from Italian. "Aquarello") is a well-known technique of drawing with water-based paints, invented in Art. III. in China. Water color paints become transparent after dissolving in water; therefore, when applied to grainy paper, the image looks airy and thin. Unlike oil paintings, watercolor works do not have textural strokes. To read further, the best fish in the world is sausage, vegetables and fruits, and other products ... In the Russian Museum, just a feast! Exposition "Invitation to dinner. The Cookbook of the Russian Museum "until March 17, 2014 presents the works of Russian artists on the topic of gastronomy. Food themes always pleasantly excited the creators, and the delicious moments on their canvases were plentiful. However, until now there has not been a similar thematic exhibition. Have a snack? Hundreds of exhibits, from paintings to works of decorative art from the museum's collection, private collections and artists' workshops - the exhibition is nourishing and diverse. In the halls there are all styles and trends in art: academic genre, realism, joke, installation, grotesque.The merchant for teaBoris Mikhailovich Kustodiev1918, 120 × 120 cm Critics enjoy the works of recognized masters and point out the bad taste of young creators. So the spectators are lured by “rolls” of paintings by famous masters of the XVIII - beginning of the XXI centuries: K. Makovsky, B. Kustodiev, I. Mashkova, P. Konchalovsky, V. Ivanov, Z. Serebryakova, and, of course, K. Petrov -Vodkina (surname obliges). But in the end, modern "meat rows" are popular, including "our answer to Damien Hirst": in an aquarium, instead of a cult shark in formalin, it is alcoholized pickled cucumber. FunnyMorning still lifeKuzma Sergeevich Petrov-Vodkin1918, 66 × 88 cmFor completeness of the aroma, the exhibition in the Russian Museum can also see old menus that did not shy away from decorating famous masters and cooking recipes (remember the soviet “Healthy Food Book” and its “ancestor” Elena Molokhovets?), And royal sets of the XVIII-XIX centuries, and other delights. Bon appetit, gentlemen!