Exhibition Vadim Gippenreiter: From Silence to Explosion

On 24 November, the Exhibition Vadim Gippenreiter: From Silence to Explosion will open in Pavilion No. 59 Grain. The project, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of this outstanding photographer, will feature works from different years, both known and previously not exhibited.

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Vadim Gippenreiter had been adding to his own archive for more than 70 years. His photographs show the country untouched by time, which a person from the 20th century could only glimpse from a train window; it appears in its true greatness, revealing its natural beauty to the viewer.

The photographs of most of his famous contemporaries mainly depict historical events of the 20th century: the country's post-war reconstruction, the conquest of space, the political thaw and frost, the birth of counterculture and perestroika. Gippenreiter's works from that period plunge the viewer into another dimension of life without political passions, into geysers in Kamchatka, erupting volcanoes, frozen landscapes of Central Russia, the sands of Central Asia and the stones of the Urals.

The silence, restraint and harmony in Gippenreiter's photos allow you to view our world from the outside. They bring back the opportunity to make a stop, to feel the value of each moment, which is lacking in the 21st century where there is less and less room for reflection and contemplation.

The photographer spent most of his life on long trips to the remotest corners of the country, collecting his preserved Russia. Nature became his favourite model. Gippenreiter managed to capture not only the composition, but also the mood of the landscape, which his photographs reveal like nowhere else.


Vadim Evgenevich Gippenreiter (22 April 1917 – 16 July 2016) was born into a family of a tsarist army officer and a rural teacher. He was interested in photography and skiing from childhood. In 1937, he became the first Soviet alpine skiing champion (downhill), and was national slalom champion in 1937 and 1938. He also was the first to ski down from the top of Mount Elbrus in 1939. After graduating from the Moscow Art Institute in Sculpture, Vadim worked as a ski coach for many years. From the late 1940s, he began to photograph a lot and his first exhibition was held in the early 1950s for Izvestia's Okna (Windows). In 1959, he became a member of the Journalist's Union of the USSR. In 1964, Gippenreiter's first album, Belovezhskaya Pushcha, was published in the Byelorussian SSR. In 1975, he was one of the first to photograph the eruption of Tolbachik volcano in Kamchatka; his images circled the globe, making him one of the most famous Soviet photographers.

Vadim Gippenreiter is the author of 38 photo albums and a dozen exhibitions. In 2012, he was awarded the Order of Honour by Decree of the President of the Russian Federation.

TIME: 24 November 2017 – 25 February 2018. Every day except Monday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (ticket offices are open until 9:30 p.m.).
VENUE: Pavilion No. 59 Grain.
PRICE: full price: 300 roubles; discount tickets for schoolchildren, students and pensioners: 100 roubles; children up to 6 years old, orphans, children without parental care, people with disabilities, veterans of the World War II, and large families: free.
ORGANISER: JSC VDNH, the Photographic Heritage Fund of Vadim Gippenreiter.

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