The exhibition is promoted and produced by the Municipality of Milano-Cultura, Palazzo Reale and CMS.Cultura
October 2020 – February 2021
Palazzo Reale, Milan
Woman as inspiring muse, angel of the hearth and prosecutor of the lineage: this image was historically been created in the literature and in the figurative arts of various countries, including Russia. However the historical development of the country created some particular traits that defined the destiny and the role of woman in Russia.
The exhibition conceived and curated by Evgenia Petrova and Joseph Kiblitsky (State Russian Museum), presents to the attention of the Italian public the cultural and social evolution of women through artistic expressions: sacred icons, easel painting, sculpture, graphics and refined porcelain from the fourteenth to the twentieth century.
A large exhibition, which is divided into numerous sections and two large chapters, with about 100 masterpieces of the State Russian Museum, many never exhibited before in Italy. On the one hand the representation of women in Russian art: Saints and Madonnas, empresses, peasants and workers, intellectuals, mothers. On the other hand, a large chapter dedicated to women artists in Russia, protagonists of an extraordinary cultural, historical and social atmosphere. The struggle for rights began to appear as early as the 1880s and went on in the early 1900s. Women thus began to be accepted in art institutes and obtained the opportunity to take part in the exhibitions. At the beginning of the twentieth century in Russia there were many female artists, playing a leading role in the birth and in the flowering of the forms of the artistic avant-gardes.
The exhibition presents works by: Natalia Goncharova, Zinaida Serebrjakova, Ljubov Popova, Olga Rozanova and other avant-garde heroines.
The exhibition returns an idea of Russian art from the 14th-20th centuries and the fundamental role of women in this country, their beauty, their contribution to the History of Art, development and modernity, to their role in society for the emancipation and recognition of rights.
Picture in slideshow: Zinaida Serebriakova, Girl with a candle, self-portrait, 1911, oil on canvas
Top image: Kazimir Malevich, Girl in the countryside village, 1928-1929, oil on plywood