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“Age of Durer. German prints and paintings of the latter half of 15th – first half of 16th centuries”.


The Museum and Exhibition Complex of the Moscow Region “New Jerusalem” in cooperation with the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts present an exhibition of works by Albrecht Durer, his predecessors and contemporaries “Age of Durer. German prints and paintings of the latter half of 15th – first half of 16th centuries”. The exposition will include printed graphics by German artists – masterpieces of engraving, and also paintings by German artists from the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and private Moscow collections.

The graphics section of the exhibition consists of 100 works from the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts collection. The works by Albrecht Durer are the centrepiece. Extraordinary artistic gift, versatility of interests and breadth of views – all this was reflected in graphic works of the master. He was the first German artist to work simultaneously in all graphic techniques that existed in 15th – 16th centuries. Xylography, copper-engraving, etching to the fullest extent reveal the depth of his artistic thought and his technical virtuosity. Engraving rightfully plays the leading role in Durer’s art. Artist’s seventy engravings, showcased at the exhibition, were executed in different techniques and reflect all facets of the great master’s art.

Emotional woodcuts “Apocalypse” of early Durer are located alongside everyday themes of the “The Life of the Virgin” series from his mature period; the intaglio print with strict composition “Adam and Eve” – alongside the later and deeply philosophical “Melencolia I”.

The exhibition introduces graphic works by the artists from Durer’s circle: his mentors and apprentices but also contemporaries. It includes a range of woodcuts created at the times when Durer was an apprentice at Michael Wolgemut’s workshop. Watching the process of creation of illustrations, Durer managed to learn the peculiarities of working with xylography.

One of Durer’s outstanding predecessors was Martin Schongauer. He was not his immediate mentor, as they were not personally acquainted, but from a young age, the artist knowing his copper-engravings well studied his printed sheets and later in his works used and expanded technical achievements of the master. Several unique sheets by Schongauer are presented at the exhibition.

Galina Kislykh, curator of the exhibition, leading researcher of the German prints department (Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts):

At the age of Durer, prints as the youngest and the most flexible art form got widespread in Germany and became part of almost every German artist’s creative works. Durer’s influence of his contemporaries is impossible to overrate. The showcased sheets prove that. Among the exhibited works of his contemporaries, most of them belong to prominent painters of the first half of 16th century. It is a Durer’s apprentice Hans Baldung Grien and an in some ways Durer’s rival Lucas Cranach the Elder. Each of them followed Durer developing only one aspect, only one facet of the great master’s gift.

The graphic section of the exhibition is supplemented by a group of paintings from the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and Moscow private collections. All of them were created by German artists in a span of about fifty years (late 15th – first half of 16th centuries) and are distinctive artefacts of the time that is known as the Age of Durer.

The exposition demonstrates different stages of Russian state and private collection of German painting of late 15th – first half of 16th centuries. Works were selected to fit in with several thematic groups.

Vadim Sadkov, curator of the exhibition, head of the Old Masters department (Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts):

The works by the artists who were to some extent influenced by Albrecht Durer are extraordinarily appealing. The system of images and the style of the painting has traces of Durer’s art direct influence, while one by an anonymous master are in fact a “paraphrased” copy of a famous Durer’s engraving. This work introduces a viewer to a range of philosophical ideas and views highly popular among educated in the humanistic field people of the era of dramatic clash between Orthodox Catholicism and Reformation. A separate stylistic group is compiled by the works of then popular Cologne-based painter – Barthel Bruyn the Elder and artists from his circle. Traditional for the German art expression of artistic images is harmoniously interconnected with a close interest to numerous expressive details of the real world and the technical virtuosity specific for Netherlands. 

Marina Loshak, director of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts:

We are glad to present to the broad audience one of the prominent sectors of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts – graphic prints by genius Albrecht Durer, his predecessors and apprentices but also paintings by German artists of the Age of Durer. We continue our major partnership scheme with museums from different Russian cities with this project.

Works collected within one exhibition of graphic and painting art allow us to get an understanding of major trends in the German art of those times, at the same time highlighting the uniqueness of Durer’s creative individuality and his technical virtuosity.

Oksana Kosareva, Minister of Culture of Moscow Region:

The exhibition of the works by one of the greatest painters and graphic artists Albrecht Durer, his predecessors and contemporaries is another major project organised by the Museum and Exhibition Complex of the Moscow Region “New Jerusalem” in cooperation with the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts.

“New Jerusalem” is the best venue in the Moscow region and it steadily gains experience in realisation of large-scaled projects. Since 2016, it has exhibited works by Ivan Schishkin, Ivan Aivazovsky, Isaac Levitan, Pablo Picasso, Boris Kustodiev. Dozens of thousands of people attended those exhibitions: residents of both Moscow and Moscow region and tourists from abroad, experts in the field of both Russian and world art. The museum administration prioritised the innovative approach and the museum “New Jerusalem” claimed its place on the Russian museum arena.

The exhibition “Age of Durer. German prints and paintings of the latter half of 15th – first half of 16th centuries” will be accompanied by an educational programme: lections, workshops and meetings with curators.

 

Curating team:

Vadim SADKOV

Galina KISLYKH

Project director:

Daria MILOVANOVA

 

The Museum and Exhibition Complex of the Moscow Region “New Jerusalem”

The Museum and Exhibition Complex of the Moscow Region “New Jerusalem” is one of the biggest regional museums connected with a unique monument “Russian Palestine” – the Resurrection New Jerusalem Monastery.

Despite huge losses during the Second World War, the museum’s collection is one of the biggest in Russia. It is mostly thanks to active restoration carried out by the museum.

In 2014, the museum that had been located within the monastic wall since its foundation moved into a new building and was renamed into the Museum and Exhibition Complex of the Moscow Region “New Jerusalem”. The new building was specifically constructed for that purpose and designed with the regard of the landscape, which opened new opportunities for the exhibition activities.

Since 2016, the New Jerusalem museum has repeatedly initiated and welcomed major intermuseum projects. Here one could enjoy the works by Ivan Aivazovsky, Ivan Schishkin, Isaac Levitan, Pablo Picasso, Boris Kustodiev brought from different museums from all over Russia.

December of 2017 was marked by the opening of a permanent exhibition “New Jerusalem – the historical and cultural monument of 17th-20th centuries”. The exposition covering 1500 square meters shares the history of holy places in the Moscow region: the intent behind them and their formation; explains the role of the Resurrection New Jerusalem monastery as the monument of the Russian architecture, Russian history and culture and tells the story of Patriarch Nikon’s life.

Alongside the leading European venues the Museum and Exhibition Complex of the Moscow Region “New Jerusalem” allows visitors to appreciate its expositions in the new digital space for they are created based on modern museum technologies and provide audience with a wide range of multimedia experiences: video-installation, interactive tables and desks with thematic context.

 

The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts

Russian State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts is a museum complex that keeps one of the biggest in Russia artistic collection of foreign art and artefacts created by masters of different eras: from Ancient Egypt and Greece to modern days. Today museum funds contain about 700 thousands of works. The pearl of the funds is the collection of the French art of 19th-20th centuries – one of the most well known in the world collections of impressionists and post-impressionists.

The museum founded in 1912 and situated in the historical centre of Moscow nearby the Kremlin. Every year the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts offers to the wide audience internationally acclaimed outstanding exhibitions. During the last year, the museum organised more than 43 projects in Moscow, abroad and in Russian regions. The museum is also open for modern art as well and strives to integrate it into the traditional context to create a dialog with classics.

Thanks to active scientific, educational, research activities and exhibition, musical festivals and unique approach to artistic and educational work with children and adults, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts is nowadays one of the crucial cultural centres in Russia, which is visited by more than a million of people. At the moment, it undergoes a major reconstruction of museum buildings; at the same time there is a Museum city being built and it will become the first museum complex of that kind in Russia. 

 

The exhibition “Age of Durer. German Prints and paintings of the latter half of 15th – first half of 16th centuries” is the second cooperative project between the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum and Exhibition Complex of the Moscow Region “New Jerusalem”. The first partnership was the exhibition “Pablo Picasso. The artist and the book. From the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and private collections of George Hens and Boris Friedman” dedicated to the printed works of Pablo Picasso and it became the largest showcase of the artist in the genre of livre d’artiste. The exhibition was organised in the New Jerusalem museum from 16th December to 16th March.