On November 10, 2011, the halls of the Art Academy Museum will host the Grand Opening of an exhibition devoted to the works of Peter Kotov.
Kotov was a Full Member of the Soviet Academy of Arts, an Honored Art Worker of the RSFSR, and the winner of the USSR State Prize. The exhibition features paintings created by the artist in 1913-1953 from the collections of the State Russian Museum, The S. M. Kirov Medical Military Academy, the Museum of Military Artillery and Engineering, the Museum of the Russian Art Academy and from the personal collection owned by the artist’s family. The highlights of the exhibition are sketches that were taken from the restricted access list of the military archives when they were declassified. These sketches are being shown in public for the first time, making the upcoming event an exhibition of historical artifacts.
The exhibition will begin with the presentation of a film about Peter Kotov. The producer of the movie is one of the artist’s granddaughters: M. I. Mozgovenko. She also took the initiative in organizing the exhibition.
The exhibition features paintings and graphic work that was created by the artist in 1913-1953, including photographs and documents. The exhibition consists of only 30 works but it reveals the full picture of the artwork’s master. The exposition and the assembling of the works were conducted with the help of “Art-Alliance Gallery”.
Peter Kotov is a recognized master of portraits, and painted historical scenes and battle scenes painting; additionally he is an author of well-known canvases devoted to the topic of industrialization.
In his paintings the author developed the best traditions of Russian realistic art of the 19th century. His bright and expressive works often remind us the paintings of his teacher – Nicolai Feshin, whose creativity had a great impact on Kotov as an artist. With no doubt, we can also recognize in the Kotov’s work the influence of the so called Leningrad Scenery-painting school and the art stream of intimae Leningrad landscapes of 1930-40’s of the 20th century. In Kotov’s work, a special place is dedicated to portrait genre. He has created a vast portrait gallery of noted public figures, representatives of science and art.
The exhibition of Kotov’s work in the halls of Art Academy Museum despite it’s small-scale format displays the wideness of the artistic personality of Kotov – one of the key artists of his time. The artist’s works are in collections of the State Russian Museum, the State Tretyakov Gallery, and other museums in Moscow, Astrakhan, Bryansk, Irkutsk, Nizhni Novgorod, Samara, Saratov, as well as in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine.
The Grand opening will take place on the 10th of November at 4 p.m.
The exhibition will last until the 27th of November 2011.