Video-tour with Dmitry Gutov at the exhibition From Durer to Matisse: Selected Drawings from the Collection of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.
The exhibition From Durer to Matisse: Selected Drawings from the Collection of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts was held at the museum from July 10 to November 12, 2020. It covered five centuries in the history of European drawing, from the end of the 15th century to the mid-20th century. The exposition gives an idea of the diversity of graphic techniques and different drawing manners and allows you to trace the change of styles and artistic trends in the history of drawing, which reflected the general trends in the development of European art over several centuries.
Under the pandemic conditions, the planned opening of the exhibition project in March happened only in a virtual format. Thus, it was impossible to see the finished exhibition until July 10. Given the new circumstances of encountering art and museum collections, the Aksenov Family Foundation conceived the Online Tours project aiming to investigate the options for remote viewing of cultural projects and their promotion among new audiences, with the participation of opinion leaders from various fields.
On March 27, artist and theorist Dmitry Gutov, accompanied by the chief editor of the BURO website, Ekaterina Darma, presented a tour of the exhibition From Durer to Matisse: Selected Drawings from the Collection of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.
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Dmitry Gutov opens to a viewer the artistic world of graphic art, talking about the peculiarities of how artists of different eras work with paper color, line thickness, pressure force, and drawing tools.The tour takes viewers on a journey from the German stiffness of Hans Sebald Becham to the jewel-like embossing and volumetric modeling of Albrecht Dürer (Putti Dancing and Playing Music With an Ancient Trophy, 1495), from Italian humanism in the line of Vittore Carpaccio (Madonna and Child, 1520) to the perfection of academic drawing by Peter Paul Rubens (The Head of Silenus, 1605-1606).
Part of the tour was broadcasted on blogger Maria Minogarova's Instagram account — this broadcast gathered more than 16,000 viewers. A recording of the tour "Gutov: From Dürer to Matisse" is available in Russian and English on the YouTube channels of Russian Art Focus and Aksenov Family Foundation.