Until August 22, 2010 – State Museum of Modern Art of the Russian Academy of Arts
Anatomy of Painting. Bible for «Illiterates». Fragments of Life
Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents a solo show of Nikolai Mukhin — People’s Artist of Russia and a Full Member of the Russian Academy of Arts. This large-scale exhibition will feature early as well as the latest works by the artist: drawings, sketches, fresco fragments, paintings and sculptures, video installations, photographs, and a documentary about the artist. The show will comprise works from the collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the Yaroslavl Art Museum, as well as from private collections, and the collection of the artist.

The project is conceived to trace the evolution of Nikolai Muhin’s art for the past thirty years. «The art of painting is an exact science, like mathematics or physics, which demands enormous efforts and comprehensive knowledge of the subject. It takes time to sharpen one’s skills, but it’s not the key point; the essential part is your „personal“ perception of the surrounding world, with all its joys and sorrows,» believes the artist.

Throughout his creative career, Nikolai Mukhin has addressed Old Russian painting as an immense cultural and spiritual layer, holding answers to many of the challenges facing contemporary culture. The artist has transformed the iconic tradition of his predecessors, thus creating a unique «timeless» painting style.

The complex three-part exhibition title — «Anatomy of Painting. Bible for the „Illiterates“. Fragments of Life» — defines the artist’s output for the past thirty years. Painting is not only about the subject, it is also about the surface, glazes, rhythms, and color patterns. The artist breaks them down into smallest fragments, into «PIXELS», thus revealing unlimited possibilities for creating a work of art. And it is this break down, that can be referred to as «Bible for the Illiterates», as it gives even the most experiences viewers a chance to really look into paintings.

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