Ship. Traveling Through Time And Image: Exhibition Project at the Russian Academy of Arts

January 30 – March 30, 2015
Tsereteli Art Gallery
19 Prechistenka street, Moscow

The Russian Academy of Arts presents an exhibition project “Ship. Traveling through Time and Image”. Participants of the exhibition are the Research Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts (St. Petersburg), Research Library of the Russian Academy of Arts (St. Petersburg), Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Krokin Gallery, Rybinsk State History and Art Museum-Preserve, Stella Art Foundation, A. Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, V. Surikov Moscow State Academy Art Institute, private collectors.

The image or a sacral meaning of a Ship, Ark, Boat, Sailing Ship is inseparably connected with all the epochs and styles of fine arts. For the Russian Academy of Arts this theme in art is of special interest – the Russian Navy and the Imperial Academy of Arts have been founded by Peter I. The exposition symbolically opens with the picture by the Academician Lev Lagorio “View of the Academy from the Neva” (1880, Research Museum of the RAA, St. Petersburg) – ship as a metaphor of the endless journey and searches in the continuum of art.

On display are almost 150 works including icons, paintings, graphic works, sculptures, objects, models, photographs, architectural graphics by such artists as Ivan Aivazovsky, Leonid Tishkov, Oleg Vukolov, Yuli Klever, Lev Kerbel, Alexei Markov, Zurab Tsereteli, Ippolito Monighetti, Yuri Avvakumov, Alexei Zubov, Konstantin Batynkov, Alexander Bystrov, Boris Belsky, Vladimir Korbakov, Vasili Nesterenko, Alexander Rukavishnikov, Fedor Konyukhov, Vladimir Tsygal, Gustav Le Gray, Oswald Walters Brierly, Jean Thomas de Thomon and many others.

“The ship is a notional center of human cultures. The man matches his ships. His aspirations, unconscious drives, ideological  turbulences are materialized in ships. The ship represents a dream which maybe one day under scarlet sails will approach a sleepy coastal town. There are no forces to hope and at the same time one must not lose a hope. The ship means life itself. It moves to a far and hardly understandable goal over abysses of other existences under eternal stars. And the ship is sailing. Can you hear? It is really sailing. La nave va”. (Alexander Yakimovich)

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