Gallery: "Manege" Central Exhibition Hall
Location: Russia, Saint-Petersburg
The intermuseum artistic exhibition "Life After Life" will show how Petersburg artists explore the themes of death and immortality through visual art (painting, graphics, sculpture).
"In this exhibition, one can see a diverse palette of artistic reflections on the themes of life, death, and immorality - from living through a tragic loss and fear of the mystical unknown, to the mysteries of mankind interpreted through the magical imagery of fairy tales," says curator Elizaveta Pavlycheva.
Quite a fascinating overview, right? But the most exiting thing was names. Karl Bryullov, Mikhail Vrubel, Vasily Surikov, Viktor Vasnetsov, Vasily Polenov, Ilya Repin, Ivan Bilibin, Alexandre Benois, Marc Chagall, and many others. Shame on me, but I haven't knew that some of these world famous painters have artworks related to a death, but it seems that any artist deals with it at some point... Well, I'm not surprised.
Anyways, there were lots of great paintings, famous ones, as well as artworks from private collections (for instance, Karl Bryullov's study for his "The Last Day of Pompeii").
Ah, and some great sculptures and miscellaneous installations were presented too. However I'm not very interested in this kind of stuff (yet), I can't argue it was quite amusing.
One of those galleries, I'm glad I've visited to. The only bad thing, I came too late and have only an hour till the gallery was closed, and it wasn't enough at all for a good comprehensive visit. So, tip for future me: overestimate time you're planning to spend visiting gallery.