The State Tretyakov Gallery exhibited 118 works by the avant-garde artist Ivan Kudryashov from Uzbek museum
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) - An exhibition dedicated to the 125th anniversary of the birth of Ivan Kudryashov was opened in Moscow on 17 May. The gallery has opened to the public a retrospective collection of more than 300 exhibits. The for Art and Culture Development Foundation under the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Uzbekistan assisted in the holding of the exhibition and the provision of objects from the State Museum of Arts of Karakalpakstan.
Today, the master’s creative heritage is unevenly distributed among the museums of four countries: Russia, Uzbekistan, Greece and France. Collections: State Tretyakov Gallery, State Russian Museum, Vyatka Art Museum named after V.M. I am. Vasnetsovs, Museum of Contemporary Art - Kostaki Collection (Thessaloniki, Greece), National Museum of Modern Art / Industrial Design Center - Center Pompidou (Paris), Museum of Arts of Karakalpakstan named after I.V. Savitsky (Nukus, Republic of Uzbekistan), as well as a private collection. Thanks to the works of Igor Savitsky, artist, art critic, creator and first director of the Museum of Arts in Nukus, the most significant collection of Kudryashov’s works is concentrated there, revealing the artist’s career.
Alexey Overchuk, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, spoke at the opening of the exhibition:
“Until now, the work of the artist Kudryashov remains poorly studied, but we have to fill the gap. This event is important not only for Russia and Uzbekistan, it is important for the entire world art. I would like to express my special gratitude for organizing the event to the Cultural Development Fund, as well as to the Museum of Arts. Savitsky "
The most important achievement of the exhibition at the Tretyakov Gallery is the display in the exposition of a significant body of the artist’s works from the collection of this museum.
Zelfira Tregulova, General Director of the State Tretyakov Gallery, also made a speech:
“The exhibition of Ivan Kudryashov is the most important international project, and today, when the exhibition has been assembled, it is difficult for us to imagine that today we have managed to do it. I would like to thank the Transsoyuz charitable foundation, the Foundation for the Development of Culture and Art under the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Uzbekistan, and personally Vadim Aminov, Andrey Cheglakov, Kristina Krasnyanskaya and Victoria Yankova for their support. "
The exhibition consists of several sections, including paintings, graphics, scenographic works of the artist, as well as archival materials. In one of the halls, a three-dimensional model-reconstruction of Kudryashov’s Suprematist painting for the Orenburg City Theater, renamed in October 1920 into the 1st Soviet Theater, is presented.
The importance of the event for strengthening further international cooperation and Uzbek-Russian relations, in particular, was noted by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Aziz Abdukhakimov:
“The leadership of the Republic of Uzbekistan, headed by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, pays special attention to the expansion of Uzbek-Russian cooperation in the field of culture and art, the intergovernmental program of cooperation in the cultural and humanitarian sphere, designed for 2019-2021, is being successfully implemented, as well as an action plan that helps to strengthen friendly relations and understanding "
An illustrated edition has been prepared for the opening of the exhibition - the first monographic study of Kudryashov’s work, in which more than 150 works from the collections of Russia, Uzbekistan, Greece and France have been published. In a separate book, for the first time, the reconstruction of the project of the Suprematist painting for the theater in Orenburg is presented.
Olga Yarilova, Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation, highlighted the variety of the exhibition and the painstaking work of the curators:
“This exhibition is a very significant event both for us and for Uzbekistan. We are convinced that it will probably be one of the brightest events in the calendar of our creative projects between Russia and Uzbekistan. Usually such exhibitions evoke associations that it should be something boring enough monotonous, but when you get into the hall, you will be surprised by the architecture created by architects, which created an amazing frame for Kudryashov’s works. Together, today, for the first time, we will present a great job to the whole world, with which I congratulate everyone. "
Saida Mirziyoyeva, Deputy Chairperson of the Council of the Foundation for the Development of Culture and Art under the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Uzbekistan, noted that the artist’s works remained unnoticed for a long time and expressed interest in continuing to study the collections of the Nukus Art Museum:
“The paintings of the Suprematist artist Ivan Kudryashov have been lying for almost fifty years in the storerooms of the Nukus Museum. The exhibition is based on scientific research, interest in the Russian avant-garde and a great desire to demonstrate the treasures of the Igor Savitsky Museum to the whole world. It is based on scientific research, interest in the Russian avant-garde and a great desire to demonstrate the treasures of the Igor Savitsky Museum to the world”.
In 2019, art critics from the Tretyakov Gallery Irina Pronina and Igor Smekalov received a grant from the private foundation of Iveta and Tamaz Manasherovs to study the collection of Ivan Kudryashov’s works in Nukus. The analysis of the Nukus collection of Ivan Kudryashov (about 350 museum items), done by Pronina and Smekalov, became the scientific basis of this exhibition. The Foundation for the Development of Culture and Arts under the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Uzbekistan has had a significant impact and help in research:
“Mutual interest in the culture and art of our countries plays an important role in strengthening friendly relations. Undoubtedly, this international museum project, exhibition-research, will become another link between Russia and Uzbekistan. The Savitsky Museum has collected the richest collection of the artist, this is the largest collection of the artist’s works, which includes 351 pieces of painting and graphics. And we are glad that now residents and guests of Moscow will be able to see them, ”said Gayane Umerova, executive director of the Foundation.
Also, at the opening made a speech by the new director of the State Museum of Arts. I.V. Savitsky Tigran Mkrtychev:
“The potential of the Nukus collection allows us to say that this exhibition is only the first step in the true disclosure of the collection of the museum of painting and graphics of Russia of the 20th century and cooperation between Russia and Uzbekistan. For example, the museum contains the largest collection of one of the founders of the art association "Jack of Diamonds" Alexei Morgunov. We are aware of the interest of Russian researchers in this topic. The museum is convinced that further cooperation with the Tretyakov Gallery will be supported both by the Foundation for the Development of Culture and Art, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the country’s leadership, and from the Russian side - by colleagues in the museum, the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and government agencies. "
The exhibition at the Tretyakov Gallery will run until 22 August.