On the 20th of December, 2012, the Blue Hall of the Art Academy Museum will host the grand opening of an exhibition featuring the work of Konstantin Rudakov. Rudakov’s work is closely connected with Leningrad itself and Leningrad’s graphic school. The artist’s name ranks among those of famous soviet artists such as V. A. Favorsky, V.V. Lebedev, V.M. Konashevich, N.A. Tyrsa, P.V. Miturich and others. Konstantin Rudakov’s artistic personality was developed under the studios of D.N. Kardovsky, M.V. Dobuzhinsky, E.E. Lansere, and B.M. Kustodiev. His Art Academy education and personal relationship with Pavel Chistyakov, a talented supervisor in the arts, had a profound impact on forming Rudakov’s style as well.
What distinguishes Konstantin Rudakov’s works? They are notable for their variety of genres and high professional quality. During the 1920’s Konstantin Rudakov had been interested in graphics. The artist collaborated with the leading satirical magazines. Konstantin Rudav’s illustrations of Russian and foreign classics including the work of Alexander Pushkin, Nicolay Gogol, Leo Tolstoi, Guy de Maupassant, Émile Zola, fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen, Korney Chukovsky, the Brothers Grimm, and others deserve a special mention. During the Great Patriotic War, the artist did a lot of work with portraits and created a number of sketches for theater costumes and play decorations.
Konstantin Rudakov went down in art history as a brilliant drawer, etcher and lithographer, watercolor portrait master and also as an art teacher. His works got recognition not only in the Soviet Union but also abroad.
The highlights of the exhibition are works from his early artistic period, watercolors from the 1920’s, graphic works, sketches for theater plays of the 1940’s, and cartoons of friends.
The exhibition has been organized in collaboration with the Russian Museum of A. S. Pushkin, the State Museum of Saint Petersburg history, the Research Museum of the Art Academy, the Saint Petersburg State Theater Library, the Saint Petersburg Museum for Theater and Music Arts, and private collections.
The exhibition is open until the 27th of January, 2013.