Art Exhibitions

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.