From inspirational muses and icons to protagonists and creators of masterpieces in the history of art that have influenced later generations. This exhibition, curated by Evgnija Petrova (Scientific Director of the State Russian Museum) and Joseph Kiblitsky, gives us an idea of Russian art and the fundamental role of women in the country. A rich corpus of works, means of expression and different techniques highlight the role of women in society in promoting their emancipation and acknowledgement of their rights.
Around 90 masterpieces, most of which never previously seen in Italy, in a story that unfolds through 8 different sections and 2 major chapters: on the one hand women and their role in society (saints and Holy Maries, empresses, farm hands and factory workers, intellectuals and mothers) depicted by important master painters: Il’ja Repin, Boris Kustodiev and Filipp Matjavin, Suprematist Kazimir Malevich, the artists of the years from 1910 to 1930, Aleksandr Dejneka and Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, the artist who painted the portrait of poet Anna Achmatova, to mention just a few.
On the other hand, women artists “The Amazons of the Russian avant-garde”: female exponents of an extraordinary cultural, historic and social atmosphere, active in the early 1930s when they created original, innovative masterpieces: Natalia Goncharova, Ljubov Popova, Aleksandra Ekster as well as artists depicting socialist realism such as the sculptor Vera Mukhina with her bronze model of the statue Worker and Kolhoz Woman, commissioned for the USSR’s pavilion at the 1937 Paris Expo.
HEAVEN – Virgin Mary and saints
THRONE – Tzarinas of all the Russias
EARTH – Farmers’ horizons
TOWARDS INDEPENDENCE – Women and society
FAMILY – Rituals and conventions
MOTHERS – The dimension of love
BODY – Femininity revealed
ARTISTS – Realism and Amazons of the avant-garde
Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun. 10.00 a.m – 7.30 p.m.
Thursday 27 May and 3 June: 10.00 a.m – 9.30 p.m.
Thursdays from 10 June: 10.00 a.m – 10.30 p.m.
Last entrance one hour before closing time.
Booking is recommended but not mandatory.
Mon – Fri 8.30 – 18.00
T +39. 02 9280 0375
School groups are currently suspended
HOW TO ARRIVE
Palazzo Reale – Piazza del Duomo, 12 Milano
By train: Trenitalia, Trenord
By metro: Duomo stop (M3 yellow line)
SAFETY RULES IN THE EXHIBITION