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Museum of Modern Art – Moscow – 2010

Nov 04, 2010 Comments Off

Philippe Pasqua, Peintures et dessins, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, organisé par Marc Ivalevitch et David Rosenberg

2010Moscow Museum of Modern Art is the first state museum in Russia that concentrates its activities exclusively on the art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Since its inauguration, the Museum has expanded its strategies and achieved a high level of public acknowledgement. Today the Museum is an energetic institution that plays an important part on the Moscow art scene.

Moscow Museum of Modern Art was unveiled on December 15, 1999, with the generous support of the Moscow City Government, Moscow City Department of Culture and Yuri Luzhkov, the Mayor of Moscow. Its founding director was Zurab Tsereteli, President of the Russian Academy of Arts. His private collection of more than 2.000 works by important 20th century masters was the core of the Museum’s permanent display. Later on, the Museum’s keepings were enriched considerably, and now this is one of the largest and most impressive collections of modern and contemporary Russian art, which continues to grow through acquisitions and donations.

Today the Museum has three venues in the historic centre of Moscow. The main building, which houses the permanent collection and holds temporary exhibitions, is situated on Petrovka street, in the eighteenth-century mansion originally belonging to merchant Gubin, desiged by the renowned neoclassical architect Matvey Kazakov. Apart from that, the Museum owns two splendid exhibition venues: a vast five-storey building in Ermolaevsky lane, and a spacious gallery in Tverskoy boulevard, both fully refurbished for hosting large-scale projects.

Curators: Michel and Mark Ivasilevitch, David Rosenberg
The «Painting and Drawing» exhibition of the French artist Philippe Pasqua occurred in the Moscow Museum of Modern Art as part of the France-Russia Year. It displayed to the viewers token canvases, produced by the artist during the recent 10 years. The show contained more than 30 large-size artworks, touching upon the main topics of Pasqua’s oeuvre, i. e. confidence, cruelty, reflection of the seamy side of human nature.

The starting and final points for Philippe Pasqua are his sitters. The artist’s watchful eye notices individual features, the essence of each person. Pasqua’s artistic credo is uncompromising research of human nature and nature of the society. He is interested in the subject of standards as well as breach and violation of limits. If Pasqua’s paintings depict the flesh only, then outlines of the human body are softened and airy in his drawings.
Pasqua’s pictures are associated with artworks by Lucian Freud and Jenny Saville, but a single glance is enough to recognize his unique style.

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