Oscar Wilde. Aubrey Beardsley. A Russian Perspective

The «Oscar Wilde. Aubrey Beardsley. A Russian Perspective» exhibition is being held as part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014 celebrations. The exhibition embodies a unique blend of the two cultures at work. Over 150 art pieces will be on display, including Aubrey Beardsley’s drawings and his series of prints for Oscar Wilde’s Salome. Among other exhibits are works by Russian Beardsley followers and admirers, Russian and British art magazines with pieces by Beardsley, Wilde and their followers; as well as books by Oscar Wilde, autographed works, photographs and archive materials.

Oscar Wilde’s exquisite works gave a larger audience an opportunity to learn about the ideas of Aestheticism. Aubrey Beardsley’s intricate illustrations inspired the creators behind the first Russian art magazines. In Russia, as well as in Europe, Oscar Wilde was seen as a leading figure of the British Aesthetic movement. The artist’s unique personality charmed the public; his writing — plays, essays and famous paradoxes — had no less mesmerizing an effect. Coined by Wilde and Beardsley, the image of a dandy turned into a signature for a number of artistic movements. They drew inspiration from the ‘art for art’s sake’ concept, the Silver Age of Russian Art being one of the greatest examples of its realisation.

In Russia, Wilde and Beardsley’s artistic aesthetics were a major influence on the formation of the style and concept of the Mir Iskusstva (World of Art) movement in St. Petersburg in the 1890 s. However, the two artists reached their peak in popularity in Russia in Moscow in the 1900 s. At the time, Scorpion and Grif publishing houses printed Oscar Wilde’s major works, along with the works of Russian decadent poets. Scorpion and the Vesy literary magazine played a greater role in the development of the Moscow Beardsley-inspired artistic community.Beardsley’s sophisticated arabesques influenced artists such as Konstantin Somov, Leon Bakst, Nikolay Feofilaktov, Miss (Anna Remizova-Vasileva), Sergei Lodygin, and Dmitriy Mitrokhin.

Curators: Zinaida Bonami, Anna Poznanskaya, Olga Averyanova, Alexey Savinov

Информационные партнеры

02.10.2014

Alexander Livergant. Oscar Wilde, his life, works and philosophy

Educational program
Centre of Aesthetic Education «Museyon», main hall, Kolymazhny lane, 6
19.00
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11.10.2014

Sofia Chapkina-Ruga. Russian Berdsleism.

Educational program
Department of Private Collections, Lecture hall, Volkhonka St., 8
19.00
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16.10.2014

Andrey Astvatsaturov. Aestheticism and Decadence

Educational program
Andrey Astvatsaturov, Aestheticism and Decadence 
19.00 
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23.10.2014

Alison Brown. Aubrey Beardsley’s influence on the Glasgow Style

Educational programme
Centre of Aesthetic Education «Museyon», main hall, Kolymazhny lane, 6
19.00
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30.10.2014

Emma Sutton. British Wagnerism and music’s role in representations of sexuality, gender, national identity, social class and anti-Semitism in the work of Aubrey Beardsley

Educational program
Centre of Aesthetic Education «Museyon», main hall, Kolymazhny lane, 6
19.00
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06.11.2014

Tatiana Tyutvinova. Victorian Book illustration

Educational program
Centre of Aesthetic Education «Museyon», main hall, Kolymazhny lane, 6
19.00

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07.11.2014

Лекция Яна Латама Кёнига. «Оскар Уайльд, его эпоха и влияние личности на искусство. Взгляд из Великобритании»

13.11.2014

Roman Nasonov. Richard Strauss and Salome productions

Educational program
Centre of Aesthetic Education «Museyon», main hall, Kolymazhny lane, 6
19.00

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15.11.2014

Лекция Ольги Вайнштейн «Искусство "заметной незаметности": из истории дендизма»

Educational program
Centre of Aesthetic Education «Museyon», main hall, Kolymazhny lane, 6
19.00

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27.11.2014

Mikhail Ratgauz. Oscar Wilde in Film

Educational program
Centre of Aesthetic Education «Museyon», main hall, Kolymazhny lane, 6
19.00

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Обри Бердслей и Россия: путеводитель по выставке

24.09.2014

Language of publications: Русский

Афиша

В Пушкинском музее открылась выставка «Оскар Уайльд. Обри Бердслей. Взгляд из России», где вместе с работами Бердслея показаны произведения русских художников Серебряного века, на которых он повлиял. «Воздух» поговорил с кураторами и составил краткий гид.

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