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  • EXHIBITION “NEW BUILDINGS WILL RISE HERE LIKE WALLS…”

The artworks by Serafima Ryangina and Boris Yakovlev that make part of the collection kept by Chelyabinsk Museum of Fine Arts will be displayed in Satka Cultural Center in the period from November 20 to January 21. The exhibition is organized within the scope of the program called “Big art in small towns”.  

This exhibition has resulted from cooperation between Chelyabinsk Museum of Fine Arts, Stroganov Moscow Arts and Industry Academy and "Sobranie" Cultural Initiative Supporting & Preservation Fund.  

In the period from November 2017 to January 2018 Philip Vladimirovich Guzanov and Viktor Nikolaevich Chichilanov, fine art restorers of Stroganov Academy and Chelyabinsk Museum, carried out the global restoration of three paintings: Yakovlev B.N. “Mining plant. Satka” (1935, canvas and oil, 141 х 100), Ryangina S.V. “Shaft furnace” (1935(1934), canvas and oil, 150 х176), Ryangina S.V. “Brick-making workshop” (1935, canvas and oil, 149 х 174).

It is worth mentioning that all these works are of great value for the history of the country and museum.

Early in 1930’s, following the appeal made by Sergo Ordzhonikidze, hundreds of artists from Moscow and Leningrad went to the eastern regions of our country with the purpose of creating artistic images that would depict industrial transformations of the new state. At the request of Z.Y. Tabakov, director of Satka-based Magnesite Plant, Sergo Ordzhonikidze personally sent two artists – Serafima Ryangina and Boris Yakovlev – to one of the most important industrial sites of that time. Their works made part of the touring exhibition “Ural and Kuzbass in pictural art” that was shown in Ufa, Novosibirsk, Sverdlovsk and Chelyabinsk in 1935 and 1936. Later in 1938 it was called “South Ural in pictural art”. In 1940 the exhibits became the foundation for Chelyabinsk Picture Gallery that is now known as the Fine Arts Museum.

Active exhibition activities started after the war. Yakovlev’s and Ryangina’s works were many times involved in them.  

In December 2016 the aforementioned three paintings were displayed as part of the anniversary exhibition “At full tilt, at full speed!”. In fact, they were the main artistic and sense-bearing accents, and their overall condition and integrity was once again assessed and documented. Set-in dust, canvas deformation, paint blistering and peeling-off – all these defects required serious restoration, copying the original painting to a new canvas, using new, strong stretchers.    

This project is an excellent example of partnership and cooperation in the sphere of art and culture. 

To learn more about artwork restoration, click here http://fundsobranie.ru/afisha/5a1298dc4b2be3b84c8b4567