The International Exhibition Project

«The Looking-Glass and Through It»

10 November 2020 – 31 January 2021





The Museum of St. Petersburg 20th- and 21st-Century Art presents the International Exhibition Project «The Looking-Glass and Through It».

Participants of the Exhibition Project are museums of Russia, as well as galleries, collectors and artists from Russia, Italy, France, Greece, Cyprus, Israel, Spain, the Czech Republic, and the USA. The exhibition includes most extraordinary and fascinating compositions devoted to the mirror and reflection motifs by over 130 artists; some of them have become symbolic for Russian art, e. g. Andrey Goncharov (1903-79), Yury Vasnetsov (1900-73), Aleksandr Vedernikov (1898-1975), and Mikhail Demidov (1885-1929), others, Daniel Rozin (USA), Arnaud Lapierre (France), Sergio Illuminato, Gabriele Zago, Dario Imbò (Italy), Gonzalo Orquin (Spain) are known all over the world for their daring experiments.

Egor Ostrov. Madonna. The Canon (According to Ingres). 2017

The exhibition occupies the entire space of the museum; it includes works of both classical and contemporary art. On the first floor, spectators will see a mirror “universum,” which reflects humanity’s infinite worlds of and their environment. The Mirror Can Tell You a Lot, is the title of one of the works by Ivan Akimov (1957-2011). Practically every work exhibited confirms this conclusion, no matter what genre it belongs to, portraiture, «nu» art or genre scenes.

Within the space, which has real mirrors changing the configuration of the interior, the spectator feels as if immersed in a different reality. Female images prevail, the so-called Venuses of the 1920s -80s, trying on hats (Trying on a Hat by Irina Yaroshevich; 1979), arranging their hair (Interior by Vasily Frolenko; 1977), doing makeup (Evening Toilet by Aleksandr Tsarev; 1997), preparing for an intimate meeting (At the Mirror by Yury Penushkin; 1987) or daydreaming immersed in the abyss of self-сonscience.

The second floor is devoted to the mystery of reflection. Here one can see still-lifes in which mirrors are not only an additional source of light, but also a proof of the existence of parallel worlds. Indeed, how can one explain a reflection in the picture without the character reflected  (Still Life with a Mirror by Lev Kramarenko, 1937).

The works of the third floor are characterized by a combination of a variety of materials: mirrors, metals, wood, textiles, paper, concrete; besides, the works can move  (Existence by Vladimir Andreev. 2017), sound (Seven mirrors by Daphne Nikita and Yorgos Taxiarchopoulos,  2020), exude light (Crystallization by Penelope Chiara Cocchi).

The inner courtyard of the Museum will also become a field of experiment in working with mirrors. A luminous 12-meter-high tree structure, shimmering with various shades of green, created by the famous French artist and designer Arnaud Lapierre will be the center of the open-air exhibition.


Evgeny Rastorguyev: Playing with Clouds

09 July – 02 August 2020

The Playing with Clouds exhibition of the painter and draftsman Evgeny Rastorguyev of Moscow will be held at the Museum of St. Petersburg 20th- and 21st- Century Art,.

Evgeny Rastorguyev, painter, sculptor and book illustrator is a representative of the liberal wing of the Moscow Artists’ Union. He studied at the Gorky Art School; immediately after graduation, he began to participate in exhibitions.

Rastorguyev appears before the spectators as an extraordinary fantasist trying to modernize the unsophisticated life of the Russian province; his characters are from the first quarter of the twentieth century, peasants, vendors, dandies, hairdressers, magicians and card players, who, nonetheless, show traits of our contemporaries. For him, these traits are a manifestation of Russian mentality and, therefore, part of today’s world.

Besides paintings, the exhibition will present sculptures based on traditional forms of Gorodets clay toys. The small sculptures combine traditional and modern imagery. Typical of them is a  specific technique, its main forming element, reminiscent of a ceramic milk vessel.

The Playing with the Clouds is a display of works united by a peculiar perception of time and space, imbued with good-natured humor and reverence to both past and present.

The exhibition is a rare collection of Rastorguyev’s works, over thirty paintings and thirteen sculptures, created during the four decades starting from the 1970s.

















Anatoly Zaslavsky: The Artist’s Workshop and Its Characters

09 July – 02 August 2020

Anatoly Zaslavsky is member of the Artists’ Union of  Russia,  the International Federation of Artists (IFA),  the Eight  Stairs association  and the Academy of Contemporary Art of St. Petersburg; he is the founder of the Hopeless Artists group. The present exhibition shows a collection of portraits of people of intellectual and creative professions, poets, philosophers, authors and people connected with culture and art, as well as the artist’s family and his friends. The characters are shown in different situations, in the workshop, at home, on the street, etc. The depictions are truly authentic, representing both the  appearance and character of people depicted. 

The exhibition includes different kinds of portraits, viz. individual, group and genre ones. All of these are a reflection of people’s lives, as it were, and their perception of life, as well as the artist’s attitude to life and the time in which he lives.

Organized on the occasion of Zaslavsky’s 80th birthday, the exhibition includes over forty portraits revealing the richness and creative potential of the artist.


Alexander Pozin and Marina Spivak: The Kolomyagy Utopia

09 July – 02 August 2020

The Kolomyagy Utopia exhibition of two St. Petersburg sculptors, Alexander Pozin and Marina Spivak, will be held in the Museum of St. Petersburg 20th- and 21st- Century Art,.

Alexander Pozin and Marina Spivak are graduates of the Sculpture Department of the Leningrad Serov School of Art, members of the St. Petersburg Artists’ Union  and the Ozerki Artists’ Village association.  For his sculptures, Aleander Pozin uses wood. Living, literally, and thinking in terms of his material, he treats it as if it were his close friend, carefully introducing color into it, or cutting and breaking the forms.

Marina Spivak’s reliefs are somewhat between sculpture and painting; she transforms pieces of furniture, giving a new meaning to them and combining them with her own works of plaster-of-Paris.

The idea of the exhibition is to juxtapose the two artists’ styles, Pozin’s retaining the essence of its meaning throughout its evolution, and Spivak’s adherence to the tradition she once formed irrespective of its manifestation, be it sculpture or textile collage.

The plots of both Pozin’s and Spivak’s works are based on personal and family experiences, impressions and emotional response. The exhibition owes its title to a  film by their daughter, Inna Pozina (also to be shown at the exhibition) about a house without people, which is a narrative of a certain place, inaccessible for creative endeavor that exists only in imagination.

The exhibition includes over fifty sculptures, art objects, installations and collages, all of these being the artists’ musing on an ideal, very desirable by unattainable.