The Tretyakov Gallery opens a large retrospective exhibition of Mikhail Fedorovich Larionov (1881–1964), one of the founders of the Russian avant-garde and its recognized leader.
Endowed with a powerful pictorial gift and talent of the experimenter, from the very beginning of his activity, Larionov had a great influence on the formation and development of the new art of the 20th century. In his work reflected the main directions of the beginning of the century: cubism, primitivism, futurism. Works of the artist in the style of primitivism became the embodiment of the national version of the avant-garde. Larionov stood at the origins of abstract art in Russia. His “author's” version of pointless painting, called rayonisme, is one of the ways to abstraction.
An unusually wide range artist, brilliant, always an unexpected painter, an exquisite graphic artist, an inventive theater designer, a book illustrator who started the futuristic book, an organizer of exhibitions and artistic associations, a choreographer, a ballet historian, a collector - all this is Mikhail Larionov, a man-orchestra who He was interested in literally everything in the artistic sphere. The task of the exhibition is to present this unique creative person in all the variety of its manifestations. The exhibition includes works reflecting the main activities of the artist, as well as a wide range of interests of Larionov the collector.
The last exhibition of Mikhail Larionov in our country was organized by AK Larionova-Tomilina 38 years ago, in 1980, at the State Russian Museum, and then at the Tretyakov Gallery. This exhibition restores historical justice and pays tribute to the memory and gratitude to one of the main Russian artists of the last century, who dreamed that his works would return to their homeland and become available to the public.
An album-catalog has been prepared for the opening of the exposition , which contains articles on various aspects of MF Larionov's work - painting, drawing, theater, and his work as an exhibition curator and organizer of artistic associations. A special section is devoted to the Larionov collection. The catalog is complemented by a review of the Larionov archive and the publication of individual documents from it, as well as a chronicle in which the most important events are presented - exhibitions, performances, and work on publications.