Exhibition “A Festive Colour”. Works by Tatyana Mavrina, Nikolay Kuzmin and Sergey Sokolov



Exhibition period: March 24 - April 23, 2017

Location: Polenov's Dacha


The spring present for our Abramtsevo visitor is the exhibition “A Festive Colour” with easel graphics by Tatyana Mavrina and Nikolay Kuzmin, objects of decorative and applied arts by a modern master from Gorodets Sergey Sokolov.

The power of colour, the wonderful freshness and freedom are the first and main feelings from the painting by Tatyana Mavrina. We did not make a mistake – exactly from the paintings because whatsoever technics it is – watercolours or tempera – each work by this artist is picturesque. She opens the coloured and plastic world in every new study. An eternal youth of vision, inspiration, absence of fatigue really amazes. Hence author’s name of the exhibition – “A Festive Colour”, it is the name of diary entries and essay by Tatyana Mavrina (“Molodaya Gvardiya” (“The Young Guards”, 2006)) that we recommend to read. This is the book of a mature, original, the brightest artist of the 20th century.

What is our exhibition? It is about colour, about how the colour has changed in the works by Mavrina with the changes in her life, in her arts and crafts, in her view of life. We would like to remind that Tatyana Mavrina is the contemporary of the 20th century. She was born in Nizhniy Novgorod in 1900, died in Moscow in 1996. She studied at Nikolay Sinezubov, German Feodorov, Robert Falk at the Higher Technical-Artistic Studios (VKhUTEMAS/VKhUTEIN) in 1921-1929. Her teachers were the successors of the newest French art school. For the first time works by Tatyana Mavrina (at that time Lebedeva) have been shown at the exhibition “Rost” (1928). Then she participated in many exhibitions in USSR and abroad. The artist and her husband Nikolay Kuzmin were the part of the group “Thirteen” (1929-1931), which was the last independent art union of Soviet Russia. Thirteen graphic artists cultivated prompt, light sketch based on impressions from nature. The group had a core membership from the artists who had worked in the newspaper “Gudok”, with which Ilf and Petrov, Olesha, Kataev and Bulgakov cooperated in the end of the 1920s. Different people and different artists, but they were united by a sense of humor.

Our exhibition begins from the 1940s. The spectator could see unusually plastic, exquisitely tonal and airy watercolours by Tatyana Mavrina. In support there are watercolours and gouaches by Nikolay Kuzmin painted in the 1930-1940s. Kuzmin is known as an illustrator of classic works by Russian and foreign writers of the 19th – the beginning of the 20th centuries, as a master of delicate drawing with filigree precision. But we present his easel paintings: landscapes, bouquets, portraits. Most of them have never before exhibited and unknown for specialists and wide audience.

A distinctive section of the exhibition is devoted to tempera paintings by Tatyana Mavrina from the 1970-1980s. For us these works are valuable because they were painted in Abramtsevo and in the vicinities. Moreover, they were donated by Mavrina to the Museum, which is illustrative of one more edge of her talent – her self-forgetfulness.

When we were preparing this exhibition, we were thinking of love of the artist to decorative and applied arts, of her passion to collect. Therefore we ventured to include wood sculptures and Gorodets toys by a modern master from Gorodets Sergey Sokolov.

The force of Mavrina is in her vast knowledge; she was always herself, did not fear herself, she was honest with herself and with festive colour.



Exhibition “Lunch in the Estate”

Culture and Daily Life of the First Half of the 19th Century. About the Daily Life of the Aksakovs Family



Exhibition period: since March 15, 2017

Location: Arts and Crafts Department of the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo” (23, Kooperativnaya str., Khtokovo)


Owner of Abramtsevo estate Sergey Aksakov became more popular to the Russian reading public by his first books about angling and hunting. These compositions written by him at the set of his life, won the hearts of readers by an excellent description of nature and life of different animals, birds and fishes.

But there is another side of angling and hunting that Sergey Aksakov described in his works. It is a cooking. He was not only the hunter and fisherman, but he had also a deep knowledge of the rules of cooking of the food from hunting.

The display allows us to imagine the set table of the Aksakovs and the noble family of the first half of the 19th century: in which glass and porcelain food and drinks were served and what recipes of Russian food of the Aksakovs’ times were used. All these slight details of everyday life of the Aksakovs help us to understand and to feel the historical and household background, which gave birth to the brilliant literary creativity of the Aksakovs.





Exhibition of Works by Boris Ioganson “Flashbacks from the Garden…”



Exhibition period: February 3 – March 19, 2017

Location: Polenov’s Dacha


The exhibition with metaphorical name “Flashbacks from the Garden…” is devoted to the creativity of Boris Ioganson. It presents works of the artist from the collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”, family collections of Boris Igorevich Ioganson and Eleonora Viktorovna Paston.

Boris Ioganson is a recognized classic of the Soviet painting, an adherent of "socialistic realism".

Metaphorical name of the exhibition refers to the chamber painting and the real garden. We explain that Boris Ioganson was one of the first residents of the village of Artists in Abramtsevo, and since 1934 lived in his country-house workshop with windows overlooking the garden, painted the portrait of close people, sunny and winter landscapes, still lifes and self-portraits. These picture sketches of the artist became the main material of the exhibition.

The works are little-known. An exception is made for works from the collection of the State Tretyakov Gallery “Salute” (1945) and “Portrait of the Honoured Artist of RSFSR of the State Maly Theater Daria Zerkalova” (1947). The paintings are reproduced, all other works (approx. 40) the spectator will see at the first time.

The drawings and sketches are no less interesting to the visitor. Boris Ioganson is an excellent drawer. He amazingly felt sensitive and character features. The static form is not interested for him. The artist needs a dynamics, counterpoint of compound movement, the contrast of colour and shade. The portraits of his mother Olga Radlenskaya are magnificent. And the special section of the exhibition shows the self-portraits of the artist.

Moreover, the exhibition presents evidences of artist’s travelling, his things. Ioganson was in love with the life, and this love to the world haв a direct impact on his things.

This exhibition is intended for true lovers of painting, historians studying the past of their country based not on the doctrine.







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