14 october – 22 january

The exhibition is the fruit of many years of creative work with the artists of Fedoskino, Palekh, Kholuy and Mstera. This is a work with archival documents, a relentless search for forgotten names. Thanks to this mobile scientific and methodological activity, the exhibition today can collect information not only about the formation of centers of lacquer painting, but also about the history of the country of the 21st century, which comes to life in the work of talented contemporary artists.

Artists today, possessing the secrets of ancient craftsmanship, knowledge of natural fine art, having mastered a specific technique, interesting, sharp, sometimes controversial works, not being afraid to experiment. The exhibition presents the best works of contemporary masters of four centers of lacquer miniature, including Pavel Anokhin, Sergey Kozlov, Andrei Grachev, Alexander Smirnov, Alexei Korchagin, Mikhail Komarov, Denis Molodkin, Victoria Sinelnikova, Irina Ilyina, Vladimir Kalinin, Oleg An and many, many other. Preserving the improved technique for centuries of miniature writing, they are looking for new techniques and materials that help to find the variety and frequency of solutions, interesting creative finds. As, for example, in the works of Andrey Novikov, who makes a stone sound (“Snowstorm”). The range of topics to which they refer is inexhaustible: artists biblical and genre motifs, customs and folk legends, historical events, works of world literature, portraiture, animalistic plots of the unexpected development of still life (V. Kalinin, Yu. Petrov, N. Kozlova), philosophical essays.

Exhibition “New Look. Russian lacquer miniature" is a story about great art that summarized all European and Eastern experience, enriching its national identity, arousing great interest in the world and becoming not only the pride of Russia, but being part of France's golden fund of cultural heritage. At our exhibition, you can be sure of the preservation and high level of Russian lacquer miniature painting. This art is largely due to patrons who are devoted to museum art and their own artists.