On 17 March 2010, sponsored by JSC VTB Bank, the State Tretyakov Gallery (10 Krymsky Val) opened an exhibition of one of the brightest artists of the XX century Russian arts, Alexander Deineka. The motto of the exhibition is “Work, Build and Do Not Complain” and it includes paintings, graphic works and sculptures.
The exhibition is timed to the 110th birthday of the artist, and alongside paintings and drawings, it shows reliefs and sculptures in bronze, stone and wood, and also mosaics. Deineka’s arts reflects the avant-garde values, its belief in the global transformation and the feeling of time belonging. The exhibition traces the way the artist developed – from his early works affected by the avant-garde and art deco, to the later ones which are more classic.
Deep tragedy and emotional appeal of Deineka’s paintings and drawings of the war period are unique for the Russian arts of the XX century. Many famous works of this period are presently exhibited such as “The Outskirts of Moscow. November 1941”, “The Defense of Sevastopol”, and many other war drawings. Also, it’s the first time large-format restored works from the Tretyakov Gallery collection have been exhibited, among them: “Nikita – The First Russian Pilot” (1940), “The Fight of Amazons” (1947), “A Nude Girl” (1951) and “The Zaporozhtsy”(1939–1940), which were only once shown to the public, in 1941, when the artist was still alive.
First Deputy Chairman of VTB Management Board, Vasily Titov, said: “We are pleased that VTB Bank is a sponsor of the core project of the Tretyakov Gallery, which a symbol of the Russian culture. No doubt the project will be appreciated both by the artist’s admirers and by all connoisseurs of art.”
Besides its own paintings, the Tretyakov Gallery also shows works from the State Russian Museum, Kursk Picture Gallery, The Deineka Art Gallery, the Central Army Museum, and some private collections.
JSC VTB Bank and The Tretyakov Gallery have maintained close partnership. Since 2002, the Bank has been a member of the Gallery’s Board of Trustees, and participated in many projects launched by the Gallery. The Bank also finances the restoration of a number of paintings. The joint activities of the Bank and the gallery have resulted in holding unique exhibitions, such as “The Ways of the Russian Impressionism”, “Meeting in a Century. Rodin. Golubkina, Claudel”, “Masterpieces from Musee d’Orsay”, “Europe – Russia _ Europe”, “Flowers – the Heaven Remains on the Earth” and some others.