Northern lights. Folk and naive art from the collection of the Ilyin Family.

Painted cover of the chest, 18th century

For the first time in Ekaterinburg, an exhibition of naive art from the collection of Alexander and Olga Ilyins (Yaroslavl) will open. Alexander and his wife Olga have been collecting for more than a quarter of a century. The collection contains items not only from the Yaroslavl region, but also from the Arkhangelsk, Kostroma, Kirov, Vologda (throughout the Russian North).

The collector notes that when you visit exhibitions of Russian folk art, you are primarily amazed at the multicolor. Often visitors admit that they did not even suspect how bright everything could be in peasant life.

Painted cover of the chest, 18th century

In addition to the task of presenting the color richness of peasant life, the goal of the curators of the exposition was to show how naive narrative is born in folk art plots, figurative images, and genre scenes, and a naive worldview arises. Therefore, the exposition contains works representing transitional forms from traditional everyday peasant art to naive and easel. This is primarily a few paintings by the famous Efim Chestnyakov and a sculpture by Vladimir Zaznobin, a famous carver whose works are stored in Moscow museums - the Museum of Russian Lubok and naive art, the Tsaritsyno Museum-Estate, the All-Russian Museum of Decorative and Applied Arts, and the museums of Pereslavl-Zalessky and private collections.

The fragment of the traditional Russian distaff

The peasants were very fond of beauty and generously decorated their life. According to the collectors the main message that the exhibits bear is “Man does not live by bread alone!”

The Northern Lights exhibition will be presented at the Museum of Naive Art from November 30, 2019 to January 26, 2020.

30 November 2019 - 26 February 2020

Rosa Luxemburg str., 18 (Museum of Naive Art)

Adults: 150 RUB