• Wed 05-11-2014 to Mon 10-11-2014

Anita Chan Lai-ling Gallery


BANU BABAYEVA RUSSIAN AND EUROPEAN FINE ART presents THE 20th CENTURY RUSSIAN ART. The exposition comprises over fifty works, most of which were painted by artists of the Mir Iskusstva (World of Art) movement established in 1898 in St. Petersburg by a group of young painters and graphic artists.

The purpose of this movement was to study the history of art, past and present, and the main criterion for selecting works for the Mir Iskusstva exhibitions was “mastery and creativity.”

The artists supported artistic individualism and free unveiling by an artist of their talent. They denied academism as a system which deprived artists of their right to self-expression. The main achievements of miriskusniki, as they were called, were the development of new principles of scenic and decorative painting, book graphics and illustration. The movement included LEON BAKST, ALEXANDER BENOIS, SERGEI DIAGHILEV, KONSTANTIN SOMOV, BORIS KUSTODIEV, NIKOLAI ROERICH, VALENTIN SEROV, NATALIA GONCHAROVA, ALEXANDER YAKOVLEV and DIMITRY BOUCHENE. Other artists also took part in the exhibitions of Mir Iskusstva, including KONSTANTIN KOROVIN, MARC CHAGALL, ROBERT FALK and ISAAK BRODSKY, among others. The last exhibition of Mir Iskusstva took place in Paris in 1927.

It would be difficult to find an artist of the time who was born, worked and died in Russia. The fall of tsarist monarchy forced the “cream” of the Russian intelligentsia – artists, musicians, actors, writers - to leave Russia. They lived the rest of their lives in France, Germany, USA, even India and became famous far beyond Russia. They opened to foreign critics and art lovers the highest level of the Russian art.

The Russian culture of the late 19th and early 20th century - literature, music, theatre and fine arts – made an enormous contribution to the world’s art. This was the most difficult and tragic period in the history of the Russian Empire. But at the same time, this was an epoch of an unprecedented growth of the Russian culture, its heyday.





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