The International Platonov Arts Festival Directorate announced the exhibition program of the eighth forum on Thursday, April 12. In early June, Voronezh residents will be able to see paintings by Fernand Leger, Michael Roshnyak and Niko Pirosmani, photos by Alexander Rodchenko and Vladimir Lupovsky. RIA “Voronezh” has prepared an overview of six festival expositions.

Fernand Leger. Poetics of our time

Painting, graphics, arts and crafts from the collection of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts.

June 6 – July 29

Voronezh Regional Art Museum named after Kramskoy

The exposition will include more than 50 works by Fernand Leger from the collection of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, a long-standing partner of the Platonov Festival. The audience will have a unique opportunity to see the works of the French modernist, which have not left the museum for a long time – painting, graphics, arts and crafts (ceramics, carpets and Gobeline tapestries designs). The exhibition will be complemented by two tactile models for blind and visually impaired people based on the master’s decorative reliefs.

Fernand Leger (1881-1955) is one of the greatest artists of the XX century, who along with Picasso and Braque was at the origins of cubism. Like many of his contemporaries, he worked in several types of fine art, showing himself equally vividly in all the directions, which he practiced.

The industrial world through the eyes of Alexander Rodchenko

Photos from the Multimedia Art Museum collection, Moscow (MAMM)

June 6 – July 1

The Voronezh Regional Art Museum named after Kramskoy

The exhibition will present more than 70 photos by Alexander Rodchenko, taken in the 1920s, from the collection of the Multimedia Art Museum. The scale of Alexander Rodchenko’s personality (1891-1956) is difficult to overestimate. He was at the origins of the Russian avant-garde, practiced painting, sculpture, theater and architecture, his posters and collages set new standards for design and advertising in the USSR. In addition, he was an outstanding photographer and is still a symbol of Soviet photography.

His experimental angle shots show the world of the new Moscow, the buildings of architects Alexander Vesnin, Moisei Ginzburg, Konstantin Melnikov. He showed the assembly of cars at the Moscow Automotive Society, generators at a power plant, the production of electric light bulbs. Rodchenko believed that the future belonged to the industrial world. However, his photographs almost always depict a person next to the machines.

Eduard Kochergin Theater. Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Tolstoy

Sketches and models for theater productions of different years from the collections of the Bakhrushin Theater Museum (Moscow), the Museum of Theater and Music Arts (St. Petersburg), the Fyodor Dostoyevsky Literary and Memorial Museum (St. Petersburg), the Moscow Art Theater Museum (Moscow), the Bolshoi Drama Theater (St. Petersburg), the Maly Drama Theater (St. Petersburg)

June 7 – July 1

Gallery of the Voronezh Chamber Theater

Eduard Kochergin is an outstanding theater artist, the main artist of the Tovstonogov BDT (since 1972). He has decorated more than two hundred performances in Russia and abroad. He worked with such theatrical directors as Georgiy Tovstonogov, Anatoly Efros, Yury Lyubimov, Kama Ginkas, Henrietta Janovskaya, Lev Dodin and many others.

Eduard Kochergin had many exhibitions in Russia and abroad, which covered the entire creative period of the stage designer. The Platonov Festival will feature an unusual exhibition – the scenography of Kochergin, associated with the works of Russian classics: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov. It also covered “Story of a Horse” performance staged by Georgy Tovstonogov, which became the classics of the Russian theater. The viewers will be able to see the works of the artist, placed in the context of the performances. In addition to sketches of the scenery and costumes, the exposition will feature models and photos from performances – both mise-en-scenes, and close-ups of artists.

The Pit. Mikhail Roshnyak (Moscow)

Pictures and objects made with earth and inspired by Andrey Platonov’s work

June 7 – 17

Festival Art-Center “Governor’s House”

The exhibition inspired by Andrey Platonov’s works will feature paintings, objects and installations from Moscow artist Mikhail Roshnyak.

The whole art of Platonov is permeated with the theme of searching of the meaning of life and the topic of death and overcoming it. Using an unusual material, blankly declining the principles of academism in art, Mikhail Roshnyak is also trying to get close to finding the truth and understanding the most complex questions in human life. The author’s paintings made with earth symbolize and reveal the mystery of existence of a man who spends his whole life digging a pit and hoping for happiness to come, not noticing that life is passing him by, and instead of a place for building a happy life the pit is turning into a grave of unfulfilled dreams and false views.

Mikhail Roshnyak is one of the most energetic and famous contemporary Russian artists. He is a participant of over a hundred group exhibitions and 15 personal ones, as well as the author and participant of over 100 performances and events.

NAIV…NO: Pirosmani and Co!


Pictorial art, graphics and sculpture from the collection of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (ММОМА)

June 8 – July 1

The exhibition hall at 8, Kirova Street

Niko Pirosmani (1862-1918) is a Georgian self-educated artist, one of the most outstanding representatives of naïve art whose works have inspired many professional avant-garde artists. The MMOMA owns one of the largest collections of Niko Pirosmani’s works, and a significant part of it will be represented at an exhibition in Voronezh.

The dialogue between professionals and representatives of naïve art continues to this day, so at this exhibition Pirosmani’s works will have a very interesting “company”. Its “naïve” section will be represented with the works of Henri Rousseau, Pavel Leonov, Katya Medvedeva, Vladimir Zaznobin and Yelena Volkova. The “professional” part of the exposition will include the works of such classics of domestic avant-garde as Mikhail Larionov, Natalya Goncharova, Vladimir Tatlin andDavid Burlyuk, as well as the works of the 1980s generation artists and representatives of the actual trend who appeared on the domestic art scene in the 1990s-2000s.

Different trains. French contemporary dance in Russia

This is a joint project of the French Institute under the Embassy of France in Russia and photo journalist Vladimir Lupovsky, supported by the French Institute in Paris as part of “The 25th Anniversary of French Contemporary Dance in Russia” project.

June 8 – 16

The Voronezh Opera and Ballet Theatre

2017 is the year of the 25th anniversary of introduction of the French contemporary dance in Russia. The French Institute in Russia has always considered the promotion of contemporary dance one of its main goals. Within this time, its assistance has helped show over 100 French plays, create over 25 joint performances and organize dozens of master-classes and film screenings in Russia.

During all these years, the contemporary dance was in the focus of Vladimir Lupovsky. The exhibition, which consists of 50 photographs, provides a glimpse of plays by Dominique Boivin, François Verret, Jean-Claude Gallotta, Philippe Decouflé, Daniel Larrieu, Frederic Lescure, Heddy Maalem, Murad Merzuki, Mathilde Monnier, José Montalvo, Josef Nadj, Régis Obadia, Karine Ponties, Angelin Preljocaj, Pierre Rigal, Hervé Robbe, Pál Frenák, Rachid Ouramdane, Dominique Hervieu and many other choreographers. It is an impressive panorama of French contemporary dance in Russia in the last 25 years.

Vladimir Lupovsky is a famous photographer, an independent photo journalist, a member of the Moscow Union of Journalists and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). He has been involved in professional photography since 1994 and is cooperating with many theatres and dance companies. He has published his works in dozens of Russian and foreign magazines as well as other publications dedicated to dancing. He has participated in international photo showrooms in Russia and abroad (Bulgaria, Spain, Lithuania, Poland, the USA, France). He’s had several dozens of personal exhibitions and supervised a whole variety of photo exhibitions.

The context

The Platonov Festival will be held in Voronezh for the eighth time on June 6 through 17 of 2018. the theatre and music programmes of the art forum have already been announced. The ticket sales were launched on February 22.

The festival programme also includes a one-day open-air “World Music in Bely Kolodets”, the first concert on the Chernavsky Bridge dam, documentary play “100% Voronezh” with local residents instead of professional actors and a large-scale street performance based on Alexander Pushkin’s works.