THEATRE MOTIFS IN SOVIET PORCELAIN ART

Palace of Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich, Great Exhibition Hall

18 October 2018 –10 February 2019

The ‘Soviet porcelain’ stands for one of the most significant decorative and applied art phenomena of the XX century Russia created by an entire pleiad of artists – representatives of several generations, masters of artistic fates unlike to one another, highly authentic and often sharply contracting. There was a time when porcelain statuettes such as shepherd boys, ballerinas, sportsmen, peasants during harvest season, figures of mice carrying grain, made at Dmitrov porcelain factory (present Verbilki factory, Dmirtrov district, Moscow region) served as funny everyday décor details of almost any Soviet dwelling. Nowadays each and every of them is a unique monument to the past. The latest grand-scale expositions took place in Moscow in 2009 and 2012. The ‘Heroes and Time’ exhibition involving Kuskovo museum, ‘Sov-Art’ antiquity salon, and private collectors took place at the Big Exhibition Hall of the Palace of Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich at Kolomenskoye in 2013.

   

Works by great masters of porcelain plastic art make the core of the present exposition. There are two topic lines: the first one includes portraits of theatrical characters by grand Russian artists while the latter one focuses on favourite plots from various theatre performances (here you can find ballet as well as fairy-tales, opera, and Russian classical literary works). Most porcelain statuettes of literary heroes are highly recognizable so that everyone can easily guess the story through close examination of miniature sculptures.

Starting from 1913 Seraphim Sudbinin created a series of statuettes presenting actors for the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory in Saint-Petersburg. The porcelain figure of Leonid Sobinov playing Romeo, recreated later in the 1940s, incredibly expressive. In the 1920s, the state porcelain manufactory (former – Imperial Porcelain Manufactory, later on – Lomonosov Leningrad Porcelain Manufactory) increased the production of porcelain objects presenting the ballet plots.

Theme of ballet gave an opportunity to show various beautiful movements and unusually colourful stage dresses. During that time the Leningrad Porcelain Manufactory produced a series of portraits of ballet performers with best sculptures designed by Elena Janson-Manizer. It is noteworthy that the production of porcelain statuettes in the 1950s – early 1960s along with the wonderful artists (Ilya Slonim, Sergey Orlov and others) above involved young professional sculptors such as Olga Bogdanova, Asta (Augusta) Brzhezitskaya, Sofia Velikhova, Eugenia Gatilova, Elena Gurevich, Marta Zhitkova, Pavel Kozhin, Nina Malysheva, Maria Kholodnaya, Galina Chechulina and others. Being brilliant indoor sculpture masters, they managed to apply this genre to small size art giving sculptural expressiveness of forms and forceful imagery to statuettes and compositions. Motifs of Russian folk tales, fables, and narrative poems gave an opportunity to use the whole range of artistic interpretation of a character in porcelain.

Fairy-tale heroes are one of the most beloved and frequently recreated themes in works by Soviet porcelain masters and sculptors. Joyful and bold bogatyrs, mysterious beautiful women full of tenderness and secrets, funny animals and hundreds of other characters familiar to everyone since childhood fill the surrounding space with magic merging you into warm memories of the faraway past.

 

Age category: 6+

Address: building 69, 39, prospect Andropova, ‘Kashirskaya’ underground station

Exhibition opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday – from 10.00 to 6.00 p.m., closed on Mondays. Tickets are available at the museum ticket offices from 9.45 a.m. to
5.30 p.m., as well as on the official web-site of the museum.

Full price – 200₽, reduced price – 70₽

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