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David Yakerson. Graphics. Sculpture. On the 125th of the Birthday

On February 10, the National Art Museum opens the monographic exhibition by David Yakerson (1896–1947) timed to coincide with the 125th anniversary of the birth of the famous sculptor and graphic artist. David Yakerson is an innovator, a traditionalist and a member of the well-known avant-garde association ‘UNOVIS’. He is about the only representative of sculptural suprematism. The artist is an outstanding representative of the Viciebsk art school, which creative work is fully displayed in the showrooms of the art museum.

The collection of the works by David Yakerson stored in the Viciebsk Regional Museum of Local Lore is a unique phenomenon in spite of the fact that a lot of our art treasures were lost in the first half of the 20th century. The retrospective exhibition presents more than 100 graphic works and sculptures, as well as archive photos. This makes it possible to view the artist’s creative methods.

There are ornamental compositions in the Art Nouveau style, experiments in the spirit of Cubism and Expressionism, plein-air urban sketches of Viciebsk, innovative Suprematist works of the 1920s and figurative sculpture of the 1930s with ‘non-canonical beauty’ of other races’ faces.

The stylistic variety of the works by the sculptor and graphic artist clearly shows the evolution of the master’s worldview as well as changes in ideology and art of the first half of the 20th century. The artist’s life and career look like a mirror of time.

The exhibition runs until April 4, 2021

 

Curator: Yekaterina Izofatova, the Head of the Department of Contemporary Belarusian Art and Candidate of Art Criticism