From series "Samson's adventures". 1987. watercolor on paper. 72x150
Fact-finding committee. 2009. oil on canvas. 86x105
To the painting "About Jonah the Prophet". 2007. watercolor on paper. 42x54
Where the Old City of David was. 2001. oil on canvas. 91x69
Date: September 17 - October 12, 2014
Venue: 10 Gogolevsky Blvd, bldg 2
With the support
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents “Unconscious Reality”, an exhibition of works by the Israeli artist Aaron April. The exhibition comprises works based on mythological and biblical subjects; there are also landscapes and allegoric compositions. Pictures done with watercolors are specifically highlighted at the exhibition. As a rule, watercolor plays second fiddle to oil painting. However, Aaron April employs the technique as completely self-sufficient means of expression while exploring possibilities to picture the finest nuances of light. The artist’s oeuvre centers on the history of Israel. As far as April is concerned, the scenes from the Scriptures unfolding at the backdrop of southern landscapes are not merely evidence of the past – those are the stories rendered a new interpretation as they undergo repetitions time and again. The inward tension and drama in his work go hand in hand with the outward colorfulness.
Aaron April is well-known in Israel because his work is deeply rooted in national psyche and the tradition. However, one can also discern a certain influence of the Russian painting school in his oeuvre. Not unlike the case of other USSR artists of the 1960s, his work was influenced by the Russian artists Mikhail Vrubel and Valentin Serov. To define his artistic creed, April quotes from Serov, “Painting not to depict something but to let one experience the picture.”
About the artist:
Aaron April was born in 1932 in Lithuania. In 1941, his parents and he were sent into exile first into the Altai region, and then into the land north of the Arctic Circle. April graduated from an art school in the city of Yakutsk. From 1948 to 1951, he studied at the Moscow Art School in Memory of 1905. He was exiled to Siberia once again in 1951. In 1960, April graduated from the V.I. Surikov Moscow State Art Institute. Since 1958 the artist had actively partaken in a number of exhibitions held in Moscow and other parts of the Soviet Union. In 1972, the artist moved to Israel. He taught painting and drawing in the universities of Haifa and Jerusalem. He was elected Chairman of the Board of the Association of Painters and Sculptors. Later Aaron’s solo exhibitions were held in Israel, Germany, France, Switzerland, Canada, USA, and Russia. In 2001, April was awarded the Ish-Shalom Foundation Prize for the “Special Achievements in the Development of Art.” The artist was elected Honorary Member of the Russian Academy of Arts in 2005.