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80 Years of Vladimir Yankilevsky at MMOMA, Moscow

"Portrait of a young man” (1984) Vladimir Yankilevsky (1938-2018) Paper, gouache, 50 × 65 cm.
(© Moscow Museum of Modern Art)

A large exhibition dedicated to the life and work of a pioneering figure within the world of nonconformist Russian art, Vladimir Yankilevsky, is now taking place in Moscow. The Moscow Museum of Modern Art is hosting the exhibition and tribute, titled “Mystery of Being,” until April 29, 2018.

The show presents around 200 pieces of works by the artist, which have been loaned from the public as well as private collections in Russia and abroad. Works are being featured from the artist’s collection as well.

The exhibition title, "Mystery of Being" connotes the primary subject of Yankilevsky’s oeuvre that consists in searching for the existential kernel, which, in the artist’s view, cannot be fully grasped. Yankilevsky started musing on such themes as the aloneness of man in the universe, inner and outer freedom, and the male-female dialectic in his early pieces of the 1950s. Yankilevsky’s preoccupation with these subjects as well his experiments with form and color, which he carried out in parallel with developing theoretical ideas, departed from Soviet official clichés.

All the works on display — including painting, works on paper, triptychs, albums and automatic drawings — are accompanied by the curators’ texts to help spectators interpret the code of Vladimir Yankilevsky’s oeuvre. The show is divided into six sections, the first of which is dedicated to Yankilevsky’s early works including small-format studies from the late 1950s, paintings, and pastels.

Vladimir Yankilevsky, born in Moscow, 1938, held more than 40 solo exhibitions during his lifetime. The artist was enthusiastically involved in the preparation of this show at the MMOMA, but sadly, he passed away in January 2018.

The exhibition will be on view through April 29, 2018 at Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Petrovka Ulitsa, 25, Moscow, Russia, 125009

For details, visit: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide-venues/291008/museum-overview

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.