"Gogol in Moscow" automatic translate
с 12 Апреля
по 2 Июня
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From April 12 to June 2, the exhibition “Gogol in Moscow” will be held at the Museum of Moscow. It is dedicated to the 210th anniversary of the writer and is dedicated to the Moscow period of his life and work - the Moscow circle of friends, addresses and events. The exhibition presents unique exhibits from the collection of the Museum of Moscow, including the first edition of Dead Souls, personal objects and documents from other collections and archives, as well as works by contemporary artists dedicated to Gogol.
During the 19th century, Moscow, deprived of the status of the official capital, continued to be the spiritual capital of the Russian people. Gogol repeatedly visited Moscow, the writer was attracted by its architecture and picturesque. “After Rome, only Moscow can be liked,” said Nikolai Vasilyevich.
The exhibition in the Museum of Moscow has a circular composition: from the “tape of time”, where the significant dates of the writer’s life with an emphasis on the Moscow period are marked, to works by contemporary artists, inspired by the mysterious personality of Nikolai Vasilyevich.
“Gogol is unique in that he was understood differently in different eras. For younger contemporaries, he is a realist, an exposer of the vices of society, for the Silver Age he is a mystic, dreaming about Russia, and his characters are spirits of evil, petty demons, dwelling in people. Today Gogol is a part of popular culture, this is primarily his film adaptation, and he himself is a hero of horror, almost as popular as Batman. For us, Gogol is interesting as a genius who was well ahead of his time, among other things, he described eternal Russian types and created the modern living language we speak now ”- Alina Saprykina, director of the Moscow Museum and curator of the exhibition.
In Moscow, Gogol was friends, was inspired and worked: he wrote the first volume of Dead Souls and Taras Bulba, gathered material for the story Old-World Landowners, plunging into the unhurried, patriarchal way of life of Moscow families. Gogol’s social circle in Moscow was not inferior to Petersburg: Alexander Pushkin, Mikhail Lermontov, Nikolai Ogarev, Alexander Ostrovsky, Mikhail Shchepkin, Ivan Aivazovsky, Peter Vyazemsky, Ivan Turgenev, Vsevolod Belinsky, Pavel Nashchokin, whose name was inherited by the alleyway connecting Gogolivsky Busholovsky, which now connects Gogolievsky Bulashuk Sivtsev Vrazhek, and many other prominent figures. Nashchokin even got into the second part of "Dead Souls" in the form of Khlobuev, who has the talent to spend money "on all sorts of refinement and comfort."
A multimedia installation will tell you about Gogol’s Moscow acquaintances: three friends of Nikolai Vasilyevich, a friendship with each of which was unique in its own way — Mikhail Schepkin, Sergey Aksakov and Mikhail Pogodin — share their impressions and memories of the writer.
The routes of Gogol and the history of Moscow are closely connected. Places where the writer has been, have been preserved to this day: the Slepnev house in Sivtsev Vrazk, where Sergey Aksakov lived, the building of the university printing house on Bolshaya Dmitrovka, where the Dead Souls were printed for the first time. Luxury estates were gradually replaced by empire mansions. At the same time, in the first half of the XIX century, the construction of the Moscow Museum complex, Provision warehouses, one of the main preserved monuments of the Moscow Empire, was started.
The historical part of the exhibition includes documents, books and objects from the funds of the Museum of Moscow, including the first edition of Dead Souls, watercolor-based reconstructions based on archival images, character portraits and views of Moscow from the 30s-50s and 19th centuries.
Another section of the exhibition - the image of Gogol by artists of our time - will reflect the influence of the image of N. V. Gogol on contemporary art. Etching by Marc Chagall, where the artist portrays himself along with Gogol, works by Anatoly Zverev on the writer, animated works by Arkady Nasonov, Gogol’s portrait by Dmitry Tsvetkov, made from a death mask, Elena Samorodova and Sergey Sonin with an artistic mystification of the image of the great writer “Gogol. Rome. From the Third to the First ”, as well as the conceptual art installation by Alexandra Petlyura.
The exhibition is held with the participation and support of the Russian State Library, the Anatoly Zverev Museum, the Shelf project.