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The Odessa Modern Art Museum

ODESSA MODERN ART MUSEUM: Enterance

Art works created by the leading Odessa painters at the turn of ХХ и ХХI cc. are presented in the Museum. The Museum was established in 2008 by the art patron V.Morokhovskiy. Its exposition is based on a unique collection of M.Knobel that was significantly expanded during the existence of the Museum.

There are also an exhibition hall and a gallery in the Museum, where modern art exhibitions, conferences and various art projects are conducted.

ПЛАН МУЗЕЯ СОВРЕМЕННОГО ИСКУССТВА ОДЕССЫ

Hall 1: The Evolution of the Odessa Art Tradition.
            Appearing of the Odessa School of Painting.
            . The Evolution of the Odessa Art Tradition. Appearing of the Odessa School of Painting. Hall 5: The Second Wave of the Odessa Avant-garde, Apartment Exhibitions of Nonconformists of the 70s. The Second Wave of the Odessa Avant-garde, Apartment Exhibitions of Nonconformists of the 70s. Halls 9-10: The Art of ХХI century Halls 9-10: The Art of ХХI century
Hall 2: The Odessa School of Painting and its leader Yuriy Yegorov The Odessa School of Painting and its leader Yuriy Yegorov Halls 6-7: «Perestroika» in Odessa. Conceptualism. Transavant-garde Halls 6-7: «Perestroika» in Odessa. Conceptualism. Transavant-garde Halls 9-10: The Art of ХХI century The Art of ХХI century
Hall 3:From the history of the Odessa avant-garde: The Fence Exhibition From the history of the Odessa avant-garde: The Fence Exhibition Halls 6-7: «Perestroika» in Odessa. Conceptualism. Transavant-garde Halls 6-7: «Perestroika» in Odessa. Conceptualism. Transavant-garde Showrooms of Odessa Modern Art Museum Showrooms
Hall 4:Fantastic Folklore of Yuriy Kovalenko Fantastic Folklore of Yuriy Kovalenko Hall 8: Modernism without Nonconformism Modernism without Nonconformism Gallery of Odessa Modern Atr Museum Gallery
The Art School played a great role in formation of the Odessa school of painting. The walls remembering Mikhail Vrubel and Vasiliy Kandinskiy, David Burlyuk and Yefim Ladyzhenskiy couldn’t help inspiring. In the 50s a group of talented teachers, having kept and ready to teach the knowledge and traditions came together in Odessa. The Arts and Graphic Department was established in the Odessa Pedagogical Institute, which later became legendary.
The traditions of Odessa, its cultural myth, openness of the large port to the world, which combined intellect and cosmopolitanism with kindness, humor, tolerance, defined significantly peculiarities of the Odessa painting, widened the views of the authors, gave their works some southern charm, European luster and chamber elegance.
Alongside with successful development of the classic South-Russian School of Painting in the 30-50s of the ХХ century, avant-garde was always natural in the Odessa Fine Arts. Its Odessa features are confirmed by the history of exhibitions held here in the beginning of the XX century and the names belonging to the world culture, such as V.Kandinskiy, V. Baranov-Rossine, brothers Burlyuks, A.Exter, N.Altman and so on.
Of course, Stalinism managed to “outbreak bones” of some artists and made some others forget about the “mistakes of the youth”. But, fortunately, it was only a temporary victory.
In the 60s fermentation in the Soviet society changed the ideas of the world’s culture and the approach to creativity. Underground, later called by its term “nonconformism”, which has become traditional, began its formation in Odessa, as well as in Moscow and Leningrad. At the time of its development the Odessa non-official art was distinguished by its significant political indifference. The highest assessment criterion of a piece of art was sophistication of the art technique, originality of the composition, color and light expressiveness.
It is certain that much of what was created by the Odessa nonconformists, had already been developed by their great predecessors – modernists, both in the West and in Russia (as well as in Odessa itself) at the beginning of the century. However, the informational vacuum didn’t let the Odessites use these discoveries and made them go all the way themselves, creating their own model of modernism, and their individuality was predetermined by their talent and Odessa itself. It is natural that for those artists, cut off from the world’s art process, their creative work was avant-garde. That is how “the second wave of Odessa avant-garde appeared”.
The Odessa Modern Art Museum was established on the 10th of April, 2008 by the collector and art patron V.Morokhovskiy on the basis of a unique collection of painters of “the second wave of Odessa avant-garde” of the famous collector M.Knobel. This collection has been considerably extended and added by art works of other painters. The art works of leading Odessa painters and sculptors of the turn of the XX and XXI centuries are exhibited in the OMAM presently.
The halls dedicated to nonconformist art of Odessa are the pride of the Museum.
A separate hall is dedicated to the legendary “fence” exhibition of Valentin Kchrusch and Stanislav Sychev, which laid the foundation to the beginning of illegal exhibitions in the USSR in 1967.
Coming into the hall of “apartment” exhibitions of nonconformists you get into a cozy old Odessa apartment of the 70s, recalled with the help of old photos. Such were the illegal exhibitions of the painters not wishing to paint the classics of Marxism, who gave a dare to the System.
The halls dedicated to the events in the Odessa Fine Arts of the 80-90’s are not less interesting. At that time a group of conceptualists was formed within Odessa underground and “a new wave” represented by “new south-Russian” post-modernists appeared.
The halls dedicated to the evolution of the Odessa painting tradition, establishment of the Odessa school, its leader Yuriy Yegorov and his students, will undoubtedly give the viewer deep esthetical satisfaction.
The halls dedicated to the art of the XXI century confirm a famous truth, that life is going on – new artists appear in Odessa having new ideas and subjects and ready to glorify our city.
A special role is given to the exhibition hall, where it is possible to get acquainted with works by the best Odessa painters; another, who were unfairly passed over for attention, and also marginal artists, whose regular exhibitions are actively attended. Conferences, literature parties and different art-projects take place in the exhibition hall.
The Museum plays an important role as an esthetic, cultural and educational centre. The main goal of the Museum is to keep and multiply the great traditions of our city and to show them to our offspring’s.