Exhibition Alexander Kitaeva "City of Muses" 15/11/2018 automatic translate
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November 19, 2018 in the St. Petersburg State Theater Library (Zodchego Rossi str., 2) will open an exhibition of works by photographer Alexander Kitaev "City of the Muses."
The works of Alexander Kitaev became for several generations of citizens a symbol of the Petersburg School of Photography, a model of classical photography.
Photographer, curator of exhibition projects, photo historian Alexander Kitaev was born in Leningrad in 1953. In 1977, he graduated from the faculty of photographers at the city university of workers correspondents at the Leningrad House of Journalists. In 1972-1988, he was a member of various photo amateur associations, including Friendship and Zerkalo. In 1978-1999 he was a photographer at a shipbuilding enterprise. From 1996 to 2010 as a curator, he carried out eighteen exhibition projects. Member of the Union of Photo Artists of Russia (1992) and a member of the Union of Artists of Russia (1994). Fellow of the City Hall of Paris (2006). Author of numerous publications and lectures on the history and theory of photography.
The refined black-and-white photographs of Alexander Kitaev reflect the classic landscapes of St. Petersburg - the city of fogs, with rivers and canals “locked in granite”, which reflect bridges, grilles, lights, bell towers... "In St. Petersburg Kitaev, people resigned to the role of staffing, as well as dogs, cats, pigeons - people and simple fauna, generation after generation, imperceptibly flows through the city. Its true population is statues... ”(A. Tolstova). Photographs from the series “Unwilled Landscape Line” were kindly provided by the author from his collection.
City statues literally come to life in a series of portraits of nine beautiful women, the famous ballerinas of the Mariinsky Theater: Uliana Lopatkina, Diana Vishneva, Yulia Makhalina, Anastasia Volochkova, Zhanna Ayupova, Altynay Asylmuratova, Irma Nioradze, Maya Dumchenko, Svetlana Zakharova. “Ballet photography has long been turned into an independent gathering object, it constitutes separate collections of theater museums, it highlights its traditions and techniques. Kitaev had the courage to neglect the prevailing genres of ballet photography (“scenes from the play”, “the artist in the role”, official portrait, etc.) and focus on a kind of intimate portrait, giving the opportunity to forget about the careful stage makeup and adjusted posture, but nevertheless, demonstrating both the originality of plastics, and artistry, and the bright personality of each of its models. "(Y. Demidenko). These portraits are included in the collection of the St. Petersburg State Theater Library.
All the works presented in the exhibition were created at the end of the 20th century and made in the technique of classic black and white photography.
The exhibition is open from 11/19/2018 to 01/15/2019.
in the library at the address: st. Architect Rossi, 2 (entrance from Sq. Ostrovsky).
Telephone for information: (812) 312-03-11.