"Knowledge of Good". Exhibition of works by Zurab Tsereteli from the "Gospel cycle" in the Park "Patriot" 03/11/2018 automatic translate
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The exposition features about 30 sculptures and enamels on religious subjects made by the national artist of the USSR and the Russian Federation, the president of the Russian Academy of Arts Zurab Konstantinovich Tsereteli.
Knowing yourself and the world by means of art is the basis of the creative concept of Zurab Tsereteli. Understanding their own purpose, the nature of creativity, the problem of the relationship between good and evil, the beautiful and the ugly, all this in the art of a master exists in the form of written artistic models that appear in various types of visual art - painting, sculpture, graphics, enamels.
Religious theme as the search for spirituality, moral ideal in the space of fine art occupies a special place in the works of Zurab Tsereteli. She is dedicated not only to monumental works on biblical history, but also to images of Saints — Nicholas the Wonderworker, the Holy Equal to the Apostles Nina, St. Paul the Apostle, St. Nicholas, St. George, the heroes of the Kulikovo Battle of Alexander Peresvet and Rev. Irinarch the Recluse.
Under the leadership of Z.K. Tsereteli of the Russian Academy of Arts was carried out large-scale work to recreate the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. It is worth noting that this unprecedented project was the beginning of a national program for the revival of church art in Russia.
A special page of the master’s work is in fact the revival of the cloisonne enamel technique, the expansion of its technological capabilities and important properties, which allows the artist to create monumental enamel panels, most of which are devoted to biblical history.
In sculpture, the master created a series of compositions dedicated to biblical history, the scene of the Old and New Testaments. Knowledge of Good and Evil in the space of eternity, which humanity lives in an endless spiral of the history of the universe. The uniqueness of these works is in the ability to overcome physicality, materiality, to become symbols of the knowledge of God’s truths and ways of insight. The series of sculptural compositions, such as "The Tree of Life", "Adam and Eve", "Baptism of the Lord", "Carrying the Cross", "Crucifixion", "Entry into Jerusalem", images of the holy Apostles, numerous reliefs in their plastic interpretation represent organic synthesis of Byzantine and ancient Russian artistic traditions, as well as the Russian academic school. However, creating even in the most classical formats, fastened by a slender canon cut, Tsereteli always remains a modern master, an artist of the 21st century, who has his free, deeply individual look.
“Knowledge of Good” is a kind of super-task, the program is the maximum that the artist tirelessly implements in his work.