Kjarval exhibition at the Marble Palace in St. Petersburg
A retrospective of the work of Jóhannes Sveinsson Kjarval (1885-1972), one of Iceland's leading artists of the 20th century, will open on September 26 this year, at the prestigious State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. The exhibition will be formally opened by the President of Iceland, Mr Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson.
The State Russian Museum is housed in splendid galleries in two palaces in the heart of St. Petersburg. The Kjarval exhibition will be shown in the Marble Palace. The Reykjavík Art Museum has collaborated closely with the State Russian Museum to make the exhibition a reality.
This exhibition marks the 70th anniversary of an important milestone in Icelandic-Russian relations: in 2013, seventy years have passed since the two countries established diplomatic relations on 4 October 1943, nearly a year before the modern Republic of Iceland was formally established on 17 June 1944.
Key works from Kjarval’s oeuvre will be on display: over 40 paintings and drawings, most of them from the Reykjavík Art Museum collection. The curator of the exhibition is art historian Kristín Guðnadóttir, while Dr. Evgenia Petrova, Deputy Director for Academic Research at the State Russian Museum, has handled the planning for the Museum.
The works displayed will include Kjarval’s masterly interpretations of Iceland’s lava fields and mountain landscapes, as he observes them through the changing seasons of the year. In other works he conjures up intangible beings and creatures in the landscape to create a mystical visionary world. Kjarval’s drawing skill was the foundation of all his artistic work, and the exhibition will include drawings which, viewed alongside his oil paintings, provide a deeper insight into his expressive, original approach to his art.
At the same time as the works of Kjarval are on display in St. Petersburg, the Kjarvalsstaðir gallery in Reykjavík hosts an exhibition of the work of one of Russia’s leading artists, Alexander Rodchenko.
Rodchenko, a pioneer of modern Russian art, was the nation’s leading photographer and graphic designer. Born in St. Petersburg in 1891, he was a contemporary of Kjarval (b. 1885). He originally trained as a painter, but from 1925 he focussed exclusively on photography.
The exhibition Alexander Rodchenko, Revolution in Photography is curated by Russia’s most renowned curator, Olga Sviblova, Director of the Multimedia Art Museum in Moscow. The exhibition comprises 233 photographs spanning the period from the start of Rodchenko’s career until 1935. The exhibition has travelled the world, being shown in such cities as London, Vienna, Rome, Amsterdam, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Krakow and Moscow.
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