"Ilyazd & Picasso. Pages of creativity and life" automatic translate
с 5 Апреля
по 23 Июня
Дом-музей Пабло Пикассо
площадь Мерсед 13, 15
State Museum of Fine Arts named after A.S. Pushkin, together with the House-Museum of Pablo Picasso in Malaga (Spain), present the exhibition “Ilyazd & Picasso. Pages of creativity and life, dedicated to the joint work and long-term friendship of Ilya Mikhailovich Zdanevich (Ilyazda) and Pablo Picasso. The exhibition is supported by the LANIT group of companies.
The exhibition presents all the books of Ilyazda in the livre d’artiste genre with printed graphics by Picasso, the first futuristic publications of Ilya Zdanevich of the Tiflis period, as well as numerous exhibits reflecting the friendly relations of two masters of the twentieth century. The basis of the exhibition consists of livre d’artiste publications from the collections of George Gens and Boris Friedman, as well as documents and artifacts from the Illyazd archive. Separate works were provided by the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, the V.I. Dahl State Museum of the History of Russian Literature and the St. Petersburg State Museum of Theatrical and Musical Art.
In his youth in Tiflis, Ilya Zdanevich and his friends, marveling at the works of Picasso, called him one of the heroes of the theory of "totalism" announced by them. At the end of 1921, Ilya Zdanevich arrives in Paris, which becomes his home until the end of his days. Next year, he becomes the secretary and later the chairman of the Union of Russian Artists in Paris. For several years, under the auspices of this Union, Iljazd has been organizing famous balls that have attracted the attention of all artistic Paris. The organizing committee of the first of the balls, Fête nuit à Montparnasse, held on June 30, 1922, included Ilyazd and Picasso, along with others. At this time, they are full-time acquaintance. The name Picasso is found in the programs of three more of the seven balls, in the organization of which Ilyazd took an active part. For the program of the Grand Transmental Ball, designed by Mikhail Larionov, Picasso made a drawing of a horse, which has been preserved, and is in the collection of the Pushkin Museum in Moscow.
In 1940, Il’azd publishes in the livre d’artiste genre a collection of his sonnets “Afat” with Picasso’s printed graphics. In the process of work, it is on this edition that their creative union is formed, giving art lovers unique editions of Illyazd’s livre d’artiste with Picasso’s printed graphics. Over the next thirty-three years, six more editions of the livre d’artiste are released, especially for which Picasso creates a series of printed graphics. In two more editions Ilyazda Picasso takes part together with other artists. Picasso, according to him, practically never did an illustration specifically for specific editions, and only for Illyazd he made an exception. At the same time, Ilyazd did not just order the artist a series of illustrations for his books, but literally dictated what he would like to receive from him. This continued throughout their collaboration.
In addition to the creative union, throughout all these years they were tied by friendly relations. In the late 1940s, Ilyazd settled next to Vallauris, where Picasso was engaged in ceramics to try his hand at producing ceramic products. They spend time together relaxing on the Golfe-Juan beach. Picasso was supposed to be present as a witness during the registration of the marriage of Ilyazda and Helen Duar-Meret in 1968. But that day he was not in the city, and this role was performed by Jacqueline Rock, Picasso’s wife. However, the artist makes an ironic etching with the image of the newlyweds specifically to notify them about their marriage.
The exhibition presents a lot of different kinds of evidence of friendly and creative relationships linking these two outstanding masters of the twentieth century. Spectators will see a number of exhibits for the first time. An extensive catalog has been prepared for the exhibition, including articles and all the images of Picasso’s works he created for Ilyazd’s publications.
Director of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. A.S. Pushkina Marina Loshak:
The exhibition "Ilyazd & Picasso" is a continuation of a retrospective display of the work of Ilya Zdanevich, which took place three years ago in our museum. Zdanevich, known abroad as Iljazd, entered the world art as the unique publisher of the livre d’artiste with printed graphics by leading artists and sculptors of the twentieth century. A special place among Ilyazda’s publications is occupied by his collaboration with Pablo Picasso. For many years, they were bound by personal friendship.
The exhibition project, prepared by us together with private collectors, with whom the museum has many years of cooperation, is intended to demonstrate in its entirety the work created in the creative collaboration of two masters of the twentieth century. Of particular importance to us is the opportunity to show this project in the House-Museum of Pablo Picasso in Malaga, in the house where the greatest artist of the last century was born. In 1991, our museum brought graphic works from its collection to Malaga. With particular joy, after nearly thirty years, we return to this landmark place for all art lovers.
The curator of the exhibition, collector Boris Friedman:
The exhibition "Ilyazd & Picasso" for the first time so jointly presents joint work and personal relationships of such seemingly different masters of the twentieth century. In the process of preparing the exhibition, studying in detail the materials of the life and work of Ilya Zdanevich, repeatedly visiting his extensive archive in Marseille, I more and more often began to come across many evidences of his creative union and many years of friendship with Pablo Picasso. However, I could not find convincing evidence of this in the extensive literature on the work and life of the artist. It was this circumstance that prompted me to search for and study materials related to Illyazd’s work on livre d’artiste books with Picasso printed graphics. And the further I moved along this path, the more and more clarified were the circumstances, which are the evidence of the special relations of friendship and creativity that had developed between Illyazd and Picasso.
Elena Gens, Vice-President of the LANIT Group of Companies for Social Projects:
This exhibition is the first after the departure of my father, George Gens, which will open without him. The more its emotional value for us. It is very important for us to understand that what he did goes on and contribute. And we are very pleased that the collection lives and that our creative interaction with the Pushkin Museum is also growing and developing.
The exhibition was conceived during the life of his father. It is a pity that he did not find this first international departure of his collection, but the fact that it turned out is one of the best ways to recall it again. Our work began to travel the world - this is a new big stage for us. I am very grateful to Boris Fridman and Marina Loshak for making this possible. It is a great honor and value for me to continue not only the work begun by my father, but also a warm, creative friendship with such inspiring people. The exhibition that we are currently doing is also an illustration of many years of creative friendship, it turned out almost symbolically.