Test of Strength. Selected Works from the Collection of the Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts within the framework of the Resident project

VDNH and the Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts present the exhibition Test of Strength. Selected Works from the Collection of the Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts is one of two projects that opens the program of the Russian inter-museum Resident exchange in the pavilion Worker and Collective Farm Woman.

Test of Strength is devoted to the industrial theme in the art of the Urals and the experience of its reading within the museum's collection. In the center of the narrative is the transformation of nature by man, the industrial construction of the first five-year plans, reflected in the works of such masters as Samuil Adlivankin, Yuri Pimenov, Alexander Labas and Amsha Nyurenberg, and the mythologem "artist-worker", which is revealed in the works of artists from the Urals. With the help of archival materials, viewers can immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the Sverdlovsk art community of the 1970s and 1980s, which included such original and vivid painters, graphic artists and sculptors as Herman Metelev, Svetlana Tarasova, and Misha Brusilovsky, whose works will also be presented at the exhibition.

A special place in the exposition will be taken by examples of the Nevyansk Icon Painting School, which was established in the mid-18th century in the Old Believers' centers of the Urals. With the help of multimedia technologies, viewers will be able to transport themselves to the center of Yekaterinburg and see the Kaslinsky cast-iron pavilion created for the Paris World Exhibition in 1900, which became one of the symbols of the museum. An important part of the project will be the hall dedicated to Pavel Bazhov's tales "The Mistress of the Copper Mountain", "Malachite Box", "Silver Hoof", illustrations to which were created by such artists as Oleg Korovin, Gennady Mosin and Vitaly Volovich.

Nikita Korytin, director of the Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts:

"We are very proud of our collection of industrial painting. The modern identity of the Urals was formed by the era of industrial construction in the 1920s–1930s and the Great Patriotic War, when production from Central Russia was evacuated to Sverdlovsk, and along with them, the technical intelligentsia, which made an incredible contribution to the postwar development of our city and of the whole region. The process of the degeneration of space, and its entry into the 20th century, found its bright reflection in the painting of industrial artists, who not only captured this new world of pipes, muscles, optimism, steel and smoke, but also created one of the most important chapters of Soviet mythology. In addition, our industrial collection is consonant with the myth of VDNH and the very pavilion of Iofan, which is crowned with the titanic figures of the Worker and the Collective Farm Woman".

About the Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts

Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts (until 1988 — Sverdlovsk Art Gallery) was founded in 1936, although the history of the collections dates back to the last quarter of the 19th century and is associated with the activities of the Ural Society of Naturalists. In the pre-war and post-war years, the collection was replenished through the transfer of works from the State Hermitage Museum, the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, proceeds from the State Museum Fund and the capital procurement commissions, as well as from private collectors and artists' studios. During the Great Patriotic War the museum took evacuated collections from the besieged Leningrad Hermitage, whose staff had a huge impact both on the formation of the collection and the scientific activities of the museum, and on the cultural life of the city. The museum is known for its collection of avant-garde, which includes the works of Kazimir Malevich, Vasily Kandinsky, Mikhail Larionov, and Natalia Goncharova, a collection of stone carving, jewelry art and Kasli art casting (the exhibition includes the famous Kasli Cast-Iron Pavilion awarded the Grand Prix at the Paris World Exhibition in 1900), Russian and Western European painting and sculpture, as well as a collection of naive art, which in 2015 was made over to the museum as a gift by the current mayor of Yekaterinburg, Yevgeny Roizman. The cultural and educational center Hermitage-Ural, created by the State Hermitage, will open on the basis of the museum in the coming years.

About the Resident project

Resident is a program of Russian inter-museum exchange, launched by VDNH in 2018. The aim of the project is to display gems in the collections of the capital's and regional Russian museums. Within each of the exposition blocks — "Moscow" and "Russia" — several exhibition projects will be presented annually.

Dates: April 27 — September 9, 2018.
Opening: April 26, 2018.
Venue: pavilion Worker and Collective Farm Woman, VDNH, Moscow.
Curators: Yekaterina Zhurbina, Nikita Korytin, Zoya Tayurova, Irina Riznychok.
Organizer: VDNH JSC.
Exhibition opening hours: 11 a.m.–10 p.m. (except Mondays).
PRICE: adults — 300 roubles, children from 6 to 16 years, full-time students and pensioners — 100 roubles.
Free of charge: children under 6, orphans, abandoned children, people with disabilities, veterans of the Great Patriotic War and members of large families with at least one child under 16.