Russian Atelier on the Amstel
10 contemporary artists

23 November 2013 – 5 January 2014

On Saturday 23 November, the exhibition Russian Atelier on the Amstel: 10 contemporary artists will open at the Hermitage Amsterdam. The exhibition, which will take place during the final weeks of the year of friendship between Netherlands and Russia, showcases the recent work of ten artists with roots in Russia who have been living and working in the Netherlands for some time. Their art explores a variety of themes, such as migration, the shift between two worlds, memories of life in Russia, the often nomadic, world-hopping existence of the contemporary artist, and questions of identity. The artists Marina Chernikova, Gluklya, Asia Komarova, Irina Popova, Andrei Roiter, Slava & Marta, Masha Trebukova, Julia Winter and Tatyana Yassievich will present their paintings, photographs, installations, and videos. Visitors can also view video interviews with all the participating artists about their experiences in the Netherlands and the memory of their homeland as a theme in their work. Russian Atelier on the Amstel: 10 contemporary artists will run until Sunday 5 January 2014.

Russian Atelier on the Amstel: 10 contemporary artists was organised by guest curator Maarten Bertheux, formerly of the Stedelijk Museum, where he played a central role in the making of the exhibition In the USSR and Beyond (1990). In 2002 he mounted the exhibition of Dutch art in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. As an independent curator, he has presented Sluizen. Change of Poles (with twelve Dutch and ten Russian artists), a special project at the current Moscow Biennale. On 14 December, Bertheux will give a lecture entitled ‘How is Ilya Kabakov’s escape to be interpreted?’, sketching the current state of Russian art in Russia and elsewhere.

Russian Atelier on the Amstel will run concurrently with Gauguin, Bonnard, Denis: A Russian Taste for French Art. This major exhibition, showing until 28 February 2014, focuses on a small but fascinating group of young French artists, Les Nabis. They were profoundly influenced by the work of Paul Gauguin, and their leading members included Pierre Bonnard and Maurice Denis. While the Impressionists were mainly interested in capturing the fleeting effects of light in natural settings, the Nabis emphasised colour and composition on the two-dimensional picture plane. The wealthy Russian collector Ivan Morozov was an early admirer of these talented young artists and purchased a good deal of their work. In 1908 Morozov invited Denis to decorate the music salon in his mansion. The reconstruction of this opulent room, with seven wall paintings and six decorative panels that combine to tell the story of Amor and Psyche, forms one of the highlights of the exhibition. Sculptures by Auguste Rodin, Aristide Maillol, and Paul Albert Bartholomé display the stylistic diversity of French art in this flourishing period.

Works: Marina Chernikova, Julia Winter, Asia Komarova, Irina Popova, Andrej Roiter, Tatyana Yassievich

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Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed on 25 December 2014 and 27 April 2015

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The Hermitage Amsterdam is located on Amstel 51, Amsterdam

Photo Janiek Dam

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