Dedicated to the the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory Day
On 22 June 1941 the inhabitants of Moscow were shocked by the announcement that the German Army had invaded the USSR. Thousands of people heard foreign minister Molotov’s address on the radio, or over loudspeakers in the streets, and were unable to believe that the country had been plunged into war.
At night the city was hit by air raids. Women and children hid in shelters below the ground while their husbands and fathers kept guard on the rooftops and dealt with incendiary bombs, protecting Moscow from fire. Artists Alexander Labas was among those who helped resist the devastating assaults of the Luftwaffe.
After the German invasion in 1941 there were regular exhibitions of art exploring military and patriotic themes. The participants included Reshetnikov, Nissky, Soyfertis, Boim, Savitsky, Sokolov-Scalya, Moor, the Kukryniksy and Vyalov.
In 1943 there was an important exhibition of works by Igor Grabar and Sergey Gerasimov, while the Pushkin Museum displayed 50 graduation works from students at the departments of painting, graphic art, sculpture and architect at the Moscow Art Institute, all of them produced in evacuation in Samarkand.
Igor Grabar despite the huge amount of administrative work, continued to write. Portraits of his "Tbilisi period" are among the best.
. 'Ivan the Terrible will be filmed… Comrade Composer is granted all the freedom for his creativity'. ‘I am now finishing the last bars of the War and Peace, and I am therefore most likely to get on to your work as soon as possible’ - Prokofiev replied.
During the Great Patriotic War, he spent the first few months in the besieged Leningrad where he continued to work on the famous "Seventh Symphony" ("The Leningrad Simpony"), which he started to write a year earlier. In October 1941, he was evacuated to Kuibyshev, where in late December completed symphony.
The Seventh Symphony is dedicated to celebrating the humanity of people'. Alexsey Tolstoy
By 1944 work was already underway on restoring the capital’s museums, theatres and concert hall and by the time the victory was complete in 1945 the main cultural venues of Moscow were already welcoming visitors once again and reacquainting them with the masterpieces that had been saved from the clamour of war.
The Institute of Russian Realist Art
The Open Art Festival “Chereshnevy Les”
Сoncept: Alexey Ananiev, Edit Kusnirovich
Сurators: Ksenia Karpova, Anastasia Sirenko, Nadezhda Stepanova, Elena Solovyeva
Anastasia Sirenko, Nadezhda Stepanova, Ksenia Karpova, Ilya Kukharenko, Tatyana Malova, Valeria Gorlova, Ekaterina Akimova
Exhibition design: Andrey Shelyutto, Anton Fedorov, Andrey Vasiliev
The exhibition is organized with the participation of: The State Tretyakov Gallery, The State Russian Museum, The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, The State Academic Bolshoi Theater Museum, The Museum of Cinema, The Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War, The State Museum of Oriental Art, The V.I. Surikov Moscow State Academic Art Institute, The Moscow Academic Art Lyceum of the Russian Academy of Arts and private collections.