On the 19th of February, 2014 the grand halls of the Art Academy's museum will host an exhibition commemorating the 95th anniversary of the birth of one of Russia's classic painters: Andrey Mylnikov.
The first part of the exposition will be dedicated to works that had been created between 1938 and 2012. Visitors will find famous art pieces as well as exceptionally rare work that has never been shown publicly. Among these unknown works are sketches for the monumental panel for the Kremlin's State Palace of Congresses, sketches for the panel "Profusion" for the metro station Vladimirskaya in Saint-Petersburg and sketches for a number of famous paintings that hang in the Russian Museum and the Tretyakov Gallery. The latest work, "Cry" , which was finished in 2012, just before his death, will also be displayed.
The second part of the exhibition will feature copies of ancient frescos of the Russian cathedrals and monasteries which were made by Andrey Mylnikov's students. The artist was one among those who made it possible to revive an interest in traditional religious Russian art, regardless of the political attitude taken by the authorities during the Soviet era. Later, this very experience helped the artist's students completely recreate the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow.
The development of Andrey Mylnikov's style took place in the halls of the Saint-Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts. He became famous for his work while just a student. The main stylistic feature that made his works so recognizable was that it combined the influence of Russian realism with that of Soviet art. He gained many accolades for his work: he was an Academician, a vice president of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts, a People's Artist of the USSR, a Hero of Socialist Labor, a Lenin Prize laureate and a USSR prize lauriate, a Professor of Painting, and a Representative from the Saint-Petersburg's Cultural Fund; he received other honours. During the Patriotic war the artist helped in constructing Leningrad's fortifications against Nazi German troops. Later he was honoured with a medal "For the Defense of Leningrad" and created a mosaic panel for the memorial hall of the Monument of Leningrad's defenders, which is located on Victory Square. The oeuvre of Andrey Mylnikov has a unique artistic flair: it is powerful and emotional. After a mournful painting, "The Vow", a peculiar requiem for the victims of the Patriotic war, he made "On the peaceful fields" (1950) and "The Awakening" (1957) which are full of love for life and spiritual lift. The picture "Farewell" (1975) reveals the feelings of a mother seeing off her son to the war. The peak of Andrey Mylnikov's artistic career is embodied in his so-called "Spanish triptych" (1979). It consists of three parts: "Crucifixion", "Corrida" and "Death of Garcia Lorca". The triptych symbolizes eternal themes such as life and death, betrayal and love, physical torture and spiritual revival. Andrey Mylnikov was an artist of contrasts. He evoked in his art the most poignant, brave and sincere issues. During his work for the Kremlin Palace of Congresses he created one of the most distinguished images of Vladimir Lenin (1961) in the world. At the same time, in his "Spanish Triptych" and "Crucifixion" he found a mystical image of Christ.
The exhibition will be opened until the 2nd of March, 2014