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Exhibition November 8 − October 20, 2018

The beasts of Evgeny Rachev (1906–1997)

“To make drawings to fairy tales about animals, of course, one must know nature well. <...> After reading the tale, I still don’t hurry to immediately take up brushes and paints, because in fairy tales animals resemble different people. On good or evil, on smart or stupid, on mischievous, funny, funny. So it turns out, before you draw, you need to get to know better about the people who lived in those places where fairy tales were invented. If you look at my drawings and rejoice in an amusing fairy-tale fantasy, then it turned out to be like a fairy tale. If you, looking at my birds and animals, understand that a fairy tale with cunning, hints at people, it means that I did it like a fairy tale that I illustrate. ”
Evgeny Rachev

An exhibition of works by Yevgeny Rachev starts at the Open Club. After receiving an artistic education, Rachev collaborated with many publishing houses and in 1960 became the chief artist of the children's publishing house “Malysh”, where he worked for almost twenty years. The Soviet animal artist is known to a wide circle of viewers for illustrations of Russian fairy tales. The exhibition will present the originals of his works to print publications and wooden sculpture.
Ever since Reinek Lisa, beasts in fairy tales have personified human habits and qualities. Fairy tale - medieval therapy, it not only brings a smile, but also helps a person to look at himself and appreciate the world around him. The built hierarchy of the forest structure, everyday life, environment, simply human speech, bestowed on beasts, inhabitants of fairy tales - this is a mirror of feelings and situations inherent in human society.
The beasts of Rachev are the true inhabitants of fairy tales. They are dressed in costumes, walk on their hind legs, in their faces (the tongue doesn’t turn to call the characteristic physiognomies “faces”) show human emotions. Here the frightened hare sat down, a proud rooster walks, Masha and the bear adored by all the children are chatting. The magnificent wooden sculpture of Yevgeny Rachev is a logical continuation of his love story for a fairy tale and nature. The sculptures are made of snags and rhizomes, the master follows the lines of natural material and from it the outlines of animals and fantastic creatures appear, whimsical and beautiful.

Mode of operation: Every day from 16:00 to 22:00, the day off - Wednesday.