Salute of Victory
The Salute of Victory contest exhibition of amateur artists of the Ural and Volga Federal Districts is to open at the Museum of Naive Art on September 20th. It is part of a large federal project, a stage of the All-Russian Festival of Folk Art, culminating in the All-Russian exhibition dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory in the Central Museum of the Great Domestic War on Poklonnaya Hill in Moscow. The founder of the festival is the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, and the organizer is the State Russian House of Folk Art named after V.D. Polenov.
During the year of 2019, regional stages take place in various cities of Russia, which are exhibitions of the best works of amateur artists, made on the theme of military feat, patriotism and love for the Motherland. The All-Russian “Victory Salute” exhibition show of amateur artists includes five interregional expositions: in Yakutsk, Krasnoyarsk, Simferopol, Yekaterinburg and Tver.
The Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts accepts works by artists from the Ural and Volga federal districts: the republics of Udmurtia, Mari El and Bashkortostan, Kirov, Kurgan, Orenburg, Samara, Saratov, Chelyabinsk and Sverdlovsk regions.
There are about 100 works by amateur artists and masters of decorative and applied arts that will be presented within the exhibition in Yekaterinburg. The Expert Council will determine the best works of participants and curatorial projects, awarding them the laureate titles on September 19th.
The tragedy and feat of the Great Domestic War take a special place in the collective memory of our people. Although the events of the “big story” and the collective memory emblems set the values of amateur creativity, the artists use the most expressive images from their autobiographical memory, family stories, along with the tragic and joyful experiences of their own. In these narratives we can find plots that are absent in the official pictorial evidences of the war, striking both with their suddenness and originality of the picturesque interpretation. Stories told in the works of participants or their descendants sometimes delight with their candour, spontaneity, and emotionality. Thus, the exhibition achieves another important goal among the other ones - to collect and present personal experiences of the war-attained knowledge, and to revive family legends about its daily feat.
20 September 2019 - 17 November 2019
Rosa Luxemburg str., 18 (Museum of Naive Art)