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Great art in small format. An exhibition at the memorial museum of I. I. Brodsky


Since the 15th of April, 2015 the memorial museum of Isaak Brodsky has been hosting an exhibition “Great art in small format”.

Great art, a masterpiece: these words are commonly used to describe truly remarkable art. These words also make us think of a marvelous art work as something as large in size as it is valuable. However, if you happen to examine old masterpieces you will know that the term great art, as a rule, refers to the very essence of a picture and not necessarily to its original size.   

Reproductions made after famous art works help us to explore world artistic heritage. At the same time printed copies deceive us. Often these images are not linked to original sizes but, furthermore, can puzzle our ideas about it. Pictures illustrating impressive murals by Michelangelo might be smaller in size compare to those pictures, for example, of Vermeer’s cabinet size works. Thus, exciting revelations come to people who, for instance, used to imagine a particular art work as something large in size and who later happened to see the original tiny format of it. And yet, the essence of the work and the author’s genius put the painting among those large size works.   

Artists from the past did not have the much freedom of choice: they were commissioned to decorate either churches or palace interiors. Modern artists have now gained more freedom as the easel painting acquired an independent status and value. Artists now can decide on the future sizes of their works according to their artistic ideas.

The concept of the exhibition is based on the project by Olga Projerova. Its aim was to make contemporary artists, who agreed to take part in the project, to create art works in deliberately small format. This restriction led the artists to different experiments in styles, compositions and ideas. The displayed works by Vladimir Blinov, Yulia Valtsefer, Aleksandr Zimin, Dmitry Yakovin, Aleksandr Perepelitsyn, Elena Bazanova, Vladimir Rumyantsev and Nikolay Romanov fully illustrate the idea of the exhibition: great art in small format. 

The exhibition will run until the 10th of May, 2015     

 

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