Dates: April 26 – June 16, 2024

Venue: The Novosibirsk State Art Museum

             10 Sverdlov street, Novosibirsk, Russia


The Novosibirsk State Art Museum in partnership with the Russian Academy of Arts present a solo exhibition of works by the renowned painter, Academician and the First Vice-President of the Russian Academy of Arts, the Honored |Artist of Russia Victor Kalinin. The exhibition entitled “The Reflexes” includes more than 60 large-scale canvases produced by the artist in various years starting from the 1960s to the first decade of the 21st century, as well as graphic works that are of great interest both in terms of their themes and techniques. On display are his paintings from regional Russian museums and the latest canvases of the master.


Victor Kalinin was born in the old believers’ family in the Altai village of Zalesovo in 1946. The centuries-old traditional culture and the Russian land itself have formed the basis of his worldview. His career as a painter started in the special creative atmosphere of the 1960s. He studied in S. Stroganov Moscow State Art University for Arts and Industry where he majored in monumental painting under Gely Korzhev, was friends with the founders of the SMOG poetry group (usually the name stands for “the Most Young Society of Geniuses”, but it fact, it was an abbreviated motto “Courage, Thought. Image, Depth”).


From Victor Kalinin’s first steps in art, his paintings have become of great interest for the viewers and a subject for art critics’ study. One of them, the Doctor of Philosophy and Academician of the Russian Academy of Arts Oleg Krivtsun has determined his manner as “a painting of an open form” emphasizing, that the artist has an unparalleled pictorial language that makes his painting conspicuous and easily recognizable. The artist’s canvases demonstrate the rebellion of colors and lines dissecting them, the pictorial abundance and moving compositions create the melodiousness of his works, as well as the sense of visual tension and dynamics. “The feeling of openness of the picture turns the lines of perception into infinity and what can be more valuable for an artwork than its inexhaustibility!” – exclaims the art historian. The creative meeting with Victor Kalinin will take place in the Concert Hall of the Museum on April 24 at 15.30.        

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