GEORGY DANELIA. PAPER CINEMA
Date: April, 14th — June, 14th 2020
Venue: 17, Ermolaevsky lane
Curator: Kirill Danelia
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents the Paper Cinema, a memorial exhibition of Georgy Danelia, a classic of Soviet and Russian cinema, being the first-ever display of the famous film director’s drawings and illustrations. The project will feature several series of his graphic oeuvres from the period he worked on the Splendid Days (Seryozha), Don’t Grieve, Mimino, Kin-dza-dza and other equally well-known films displayed along with posters, photos and video documentation.
Film-making has always started with paperwork — with a script on blank pages set in a typewriter. With Danelia it was also the case. Yet, his films began with drawings emerging on paper when the idea of a future film was just in the making. All of them took the shape of graphic art before being embodied in script words. They were all drawings translated into the language of cinema. Without Danelia the draughtsman, we would have never known Danelia the film director.
He would sketch a consequent storyboard for virtually all of his films. He wished to settle all by himself: the scale, the light, the mimics of his characters, and positioning. Naturally, there is a long way from such storyboard to a film’s final cut. So Wef (aka Uef) image on paper has nothing to do with Yevgeny Leonov cast as Wef in Kin-dza-dza film version. Also Fityulka, perhaps, Danelia’s all-time favorite character, hasn’t got it into the film and if she appears in the Koo! Kin-dza-dza animated film it’s only for a moment. However, the exhibition of Danelia the ‘Graphic Artist’ will give you an opportunity to see all these cherished ideas, the whole mystery of films conceived yet never realized.
About the curator:
KIRILL DANELIA is an artist, collector, antique dealer, owner of the Fusion Culture Gallery (Moscow). He is an honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts. Born in 1968, Danelia studied at the MKhAT School Studio. His paintings and art objects are in the collections of the State Tretiakov Gallery, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the Ivanovo Regional Art Museum, the Tver Regional Art Gallery, the Radishchev Saratov State Art Museum.
Among the oriental antiquities Kirill Danelia acquired for his collection are those bought from the State Hermitage and the State Museum of Oriental Art.