Moscow City Government
Moscow City Department Of Culture
Moscow Museum Of Modern Art
Government Of The Omsk Region
M. Vrubel Omsk Regional Museum Of Fine Arts
The Cycle «Masters of the 20th Century Art from the Collection of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art»
«You are Welcome, Company»
Date: August 02-28, 2016
Venue: M. Vrubel Omsk Regional Museum of Fine Arts. Omsk, 3 Lenin street, The Vrubel building
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents to the Omsk public works by one of the distinguished masters of the 20th century art Nicholas Pirosmanishvili known as Niko Pirosmani. Timed to the 300th anniversary of the city of Omsk, the exhibition is held within the Days of Moscow in Omsk and features almost 20 paintings created by Pirosmani in the 1910-s — the most fruitful period of his creativity. It will continue a series of projects «Masters of the 20th Century Art from the Collection of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art» to be displayed in various regions of Russia for the cultural interaction and maintenance of the same rhythm of art life in the country.
Nikolai Pirosmanishvili was born in c. 1862 in a poor peasant family in the village of Mirzaani (Kakhetia). He was taught by wandering artists who painted signboards of little shops. His first independent paintings — signboards for commercial establishments, decorative panels adorning Georgian taverns, pictures and portraits made on commission are dated back to the second half of the 1890-s. For his canvases he has used cardboard, cloth and oilcloth, produced his own colors of a special color scheme which at first glance may seem austere, however, it is this color simplicity that manifested the outstanding gift of the artist, his aptitude to a monumental form tending to the special integrity of the image.
The substantial part of Pirosmani’s surviving works, by estimations of art historians, is signboards, a popular genre in the art practice of the late 19th — early 20th century. The centerpiece of the exhibition in Omsk is a rare work by the master — signboard «You are Welcome, Company» for the Georgian tavern owned by some Mr. Sozashvili whose portrait can be seen in the picture. Magnificent Georgian feasts were one of Pirosmani’s most repeatable and favorite motifs. At the same time, the artist was fond of painting unrealistic images of animals which he endowed with human emotions giving them individual features.
Pirosmani became part of the art world only in the 1910-s when the professional circles in Tiflis took interest in his creative work. The talent of Pirosmani was revealed by the artist-futurist Kirill Zdanevich and his brother — poet Ilya Zdanevich. But despite the demand and popularity that came to him at the end of his life he remained in poverty. The location of his gave is still unknown.