Yesterday, on February 17th in Heydar Aliyev Center opened the unique exhibition of the Russian avant-garde artists "Poste restante". The exposition included 60 canvases, created during the period from 1900 to 1930 years.
This is the third exhibition of unknown masterpieces of the Russian avant-gardism. For over 30 years the art expert Andrei Sarabyanov searches for these paintings dispatched hundred years ago to different regions of Russia. The search often turned into almost detective investigations with tremendous discoveries. So, for example, "the Japanese of the Russian avant-garde" Varvara Bubnova turned out as a distant relative to Yoko Ono.
Kliun and Rozanova's works waited for many years for the recognition of their authorship, – and it’s not the the most horrible thing that could happen to fragile works of art. In the 90th when Malevich or Kandinsky's canvases could be easily carried in hands, and all everybody knew about avant-gardism was only "tiny cubes and squares", many paintings were gone. Some were taken away abroad without any contracts and return guaranties, others were destroyed, the third quietly perished, dumped by stacks in rooms. And the fact that we see these paintings safe and sound, in one museum space is a great happiness for art and all its connoisseurs.
Here you can see "Black on black" 1918 year by Alexander Rodchenko– during this period the artist worked in the plane, drawing the textures like paints. Kazimir Malevich's work "Suprematism. Circle and Rectangle", estimated at 35 million euros, " Wassily Kandinsky — Composition 217. Grey Oval, the little-known work of Marc Chagall of 1914, Vladimir Tatlin's self-portrait, Yury Pimenov's works, Aristarkh Lentulov and many others were included in exposition – we would have to go round 17 Russian regional museums to see all these canvases. As Andrei Sarabyanov, the curator of exposition told, many of them went public for the first time.
The exhibition is open till May 5th.