December 18, 2010 — January 16, 2011 – Moscow Museum of Modern Art

Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents a solo exhibition of painter Viktor Dynnikov (1939-2005). He was born on October 25 — the same day as Pablo Picasso, but 58 years later. Dynnikov regarded this coincidence with irony: «The fact that I have discovered such a parallel with a great Fauve like him boosted my morale. Why should I feel inferior if I was born and live in such a great place as Russia?» After school and military service, Dynnikov enrolled in the faculty of graphic arts at the Pedagogic Institute in Krasnodar. After having spent three years there, he abandoned everything and moved to Leningrad. He wanted to acquire fundamental artistic education, so he was admitted to the Academy of Arts. The drawing of a sitter that he created during entry exam hung in the office of the admission committee for many years after, as a perfect example.

In 1970, after graduating from the Academy, Dynnikov moved to Vladimir — ‘a blessed corner, nice and graceful to the core,’ as he later wrote. Enduring years came: he had neither a studio, nor even a place to live. Then Dynnikov’s works were often judged ambiguously: «My searches and those of my friends weren’t welcomed by everyone. A searching creation didn’t fit into the cheerful system called ‘Vladimir school of landscape painting’. We didn’t match them. Talented veterans tried to teach us how to live and create in the right way. But we were young and had our own opinions.»

With equal dose of passion, Dynnikov worked in pastel, gouache, and charcoal, attaching huge importance to the material. He often varied the same motif in different techniques, looking for the best accord with his thoughts, feelings, and plastic sensations that changed through time. During 35 years spent in Vladimir, the artist took part in nine exhibitions, including two solo shows (1985 and 1989). The second of these shows faced harsh antagonism from the regional committee of the communist party that claimed the exhibition to be too ‘mundane’, with an absence of any positive character.

Since 2006, thanks to the efforts of three galleries — ARS LONGA, ART-RA, and EXPO-88 — Dynnikov’s works were presented in 25 exhibitions, including 12 solo shows, and the artist’s name became familiar to a wide circle of professionals and public. To commemorate the artist’s jubilee, the galleries published an album that includes over 150 pieces from the extensive heritage of the artist.

The exhibition hosted by the Moscow Museum of Modern Art will be the first full-scale retrospective of the artist, presenting well-known and lesser-known works.

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