LOCATION: THIRD FLOOR
Natalia Goncharova’s bold and innovative work was influential among her contemporaries, crossing the boundaries that typically existed between 20th-century art forms. The exhibition focuses on the artist’s most innovative period from the early 1900s to the 1920s, when she inspired experimental artists in both Russia and Western Europe. The exhibition features more than one hundred works, including a large number of paintings, but also illustrations, costumes, sketches of set designs, and recordings of ballet performances. Almost all the works in the exhibition will be seen in Finland for the first time.
Goncharova’s extensive artistic work was inspired by folk art and religious icons. Her art was also contradictory: Goncharova could at one moment be taking part in a street performance in Moscow with a painted face, and at the next be working on creating religious art inspired by old icons. In addition to visual art, Goncharova designed costumes and sets for Sergei Diaghilev’s famous Ballets Russes. She also created designs for fashion houses in Moscow and Paris, was involved in avant-garde cinema, and provided illustrations for experimental poems.
The exhibition is organised by the Ateneum Art Museum in Helsinki, Tate Modern in London and Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, in collaboration with State Tretyakov Gallery. The exhibition is curated by Timo Huusko, chief curator at the Ateneum Art Museum; Matthew Gale, head of displays at Tate Modern; and Natalia Sidlina, curator of international art at Tate Modern.
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Exhibition intros at the Ateneum Hall in English on even-numbered weeks on Sundays at 12:00. Read more about the free exhibition intros
Waiting for Goncharova, lecture: Timo Huusko
Thu 13 Feb, 17:00–17:45, Ateneum Hall. Get advance information about the themes and the artist featured in the exhibition! In Finnish. Tickets €23/13 (includes admission to the museum). Read more from our Finnish site
What the curator says: Natalia Sidlina
Thu 27 Feb 17:00–17:45, Ateneum Hall. In English. Admission is included in the museum entrance fee, or with a Museum Card or a Friends of the Ateneum membership card. Read more
A workshop for adults: Textile art in Goncharova’s footsteps
Wed 4 Mar, 18 Mar and 25 Mar, 17:00–19:30. Discover Natalia Goncharova’s colourful expression and textile-art methods! Tickets €39/29 (includes admission to the museum, materials, and coffee or tea). Read more from our Finnish site
Expert lecture: Mirva Saukkola – Natalia Goncharova’s fashion art
Thu 12 Mar, 17:00–17:45, Ateneum Hall. In Finnish. Admission is included in the museum entrance fee, or with a Museum Card or a Friends of the Ateneum membership card. Read more
Expert lecture: Tomi Huttunen – Natalia Goncharova and the autogenetic Russian avant-garde
Thu 26 Mar, 17:00–17:45, Ateneum Hall. In Finnish. Admission is included in the museum entrance fee, or with a Museum Card or a Friends of the Ateneum membership card. Read more
What an artist says: Rosa Liksom – Inspired by Natalia Goncharova and icons
Thu 16 Apr, 17:00. Ateneum Hall. In Finnish. Admission is included in the museum entrance fee, or with a Museum Card or a Friends of the Ateneum membership card. Read more