Russian painter Ilya Glazunov produced the portraits of writers, politicians and Italian cinema stars. He was a subtle illustrator, theatrical artist, the founder of the Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, as well as a teacher, an educator and a public figure. His exhibitions were visited by great numbers of people queueing to get in.
In the pantheon of artists of the 20th century he occupies a special place – his art did not belong to either social realistic or nonconformist one of 1960s. His first personal exhibition was organised when Glazunov was still a student of the Institute, in 1957. It was unthought-of that a graduate was given a hall in the Central House of Workers of Art in Moscow. It became possible due to his receiving of Grand Prix of the international contest in Prague. 80 works which were exhibited aroused a vivid discussion: more than a thousand people came. People started talking about the student.
Monumental historical canvases brought Glazunov national love and fame. “The Mystery of the 20th century” appeared in 1970s and in 1980s “Eternal Russia” came to existence – they were both large-scale attempts to show and reflect on the course of world history by means of painting. His paintings became the detailed “historical catalogue” which was close in form to pop-art and naïve art. Soviet intelligentsia compared their ideas about revolution, the Monarchy, religion and the other world looking at the paintings of Ilya Glazunov.
Historical and literary images created by Glazunov were fueled by the ideas which were important for the creators of his epoch, and also influenced them in turn – Ivan the Terrible by Eisenstein, Andrey Rublev by Tarkovsky. During the exhibition of 1957 among the other works the illustrations of the artist for the novels of Dostoevsky “The Idiot” and “The Devils” were displayed. Similarities can be noticed in the character of Prince Myshkin and in the play of Georgy Tovstoganov which was released at the end of the same year and shown on the stage of Bolshoi Drama Theatre with the young Innokenty Smoktunovsky, and in the film of Ivan Pyryev with Yuri Yakovlev which appeared a year later, and in the following film adaptations including the series of Vladimir Bortko with Evgeny Mironov playing the lead character.
According to the tradition of the project, there are three paintings that make up the pictural part of the exhibition. They present the main themes in the creative work of Glazunov – the tragic moments of Russian history, the world of spiritual pursuits of Dostoevsky. The multimedia part introduces the biography of the artist, the illustrative and theatrical works and important social activity.
Adults (from 18 years old) – 190/250 ₽
Adults (from 18 years old) using Troika card – 180/240 ₽
(5% discount on the adult ticket price, available at ticket offices)
Children from 7 to 18 years old – 95/125 ₽
Children under 7 years old – free
Privilege tickets are available for Russian citizens only
Group of up to 5 people (per 1 person) with a one-time purchase of tickets, including by session* – 170/225 ₽
*The discount is temporarily not valid for tour groups. Discounted tickets will be available after removal of all restrictive measures associated with the threat of the spread of a new coronavirus infection (COVID-19)
Please note that during the visit you must use a face mask and keep a social distance of 1.5 meters.
If you have a temperature or respiratory disease symptoms, you can’t visit the exhibition.Tickets are available only on the website, in the mobile application or via interactive terminals of the park. Entrance by sessions every 30 minutes, not more than 10 people at a time.
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