Invitation | Exhibition at the Istituto Centrale per la Grafica di Roma with drawings by Sergei Tchoban
All About Italy. Architectural Landscapes from the Eighteenth Century to the Present Day
Istituto Centrale per la Grafica di Roma
24.05. – 25.09.2016
The exhibition “All About Italy. Architectural Landscapes from the Eighteenth Century to the Present Day” from the collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow) and the Museum for Architectural Drawing (Berlin) will open at the National Institute for Graphics in Rome on May 24.
In 2014 the exhibition of architectural graphics from the 18th to 21st centuries was held in the Engineering building of the State Tretyakov Gallery with much success. The exhibition, which brought together drawings and watercolour paintings from the Tretyakov Gallery, the Tchoban Foundation (Berlin), Moscow private collections, and works of contemporary architects from their personal collections, was devoted to Italy - the home of modern architectural language, where architects and artists from different eras repeatedly travelled to on artistic pilgrimages.
The project's success (curators: Irina Sedova (Tchoban Foundation), Nina Markova (Tretyakov Gallery), Nadezhda Bartels (Museum for Architectural Drawing)) was so ambitious that its showing in Italy was almost foregone. And the National Institute for Graphics in Rome was the ideal partner in this respect - for the exhibition “All About Italy. Architectural Landscapes from the Eighteenth Century to the Present Day” it not only provided facilities, but also 12 works from its own collection, supplementing and developing the key theme of the exposition.
It should be noted that the original structure of the exhibition has been preserved. In the first hall masterpieces of the 18th century, the "golden age" of architectural graphics will be presented (among them works by Hubert Robert, Charles Percier, Pierre François Fontaine, Charles-Louis Clérisseau, and Giovanni Battista Piranesi). The second hall shows the development of architectural and artistic drawing in Russia in the 19th and 20th centuries (for example, works by Vasily Surikov, Mikhail Vrubel, Alexandre Benois, Valentin Serov, Anna Ostroumova-Lebedeva, Ivan Fomin, Ivan Zholtovsky, Boris Iofan). The third hall will be dedicated to our contemporaries, who in their graphics are constantly turning to the culture and heritage of Italy. This includes artists Tahir Salahov, Viktor Ivanov, Irina Zalutovskaya and architects Maxim Atayants, Mikhail Filippov, Sergey Kuznetsov and Sergei Tchoban. Thus, the exhibition clearly confirms that the tradition to be inspired by Italy in contemporary Russian culture and in particular in architecture, is still alive and greatly appreciated - no matter what style the designer chooses for himself.
The exhibition “All About Italy. Architectural Landscapes from the Eighteenth Century to the Present Day” will be shown at the National Institute for Graphics until the end of August 2016. The project coincides with the 24th General Conference of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), which will take place July 3 - 9, 2016 in Milan, and will be an example of successful cooperation among museum institutions from three different countries - Russia, Italy and Germany.