The Museum of Art of St. Petersburg of the XX-XXI centuries presents the international exhibition project "Mirrors and Through the Looking Glass".
Famous Russian museums, galleries, collectors, artists from different countries take part in the project: Italy, France, Greece, Cyprus, Israel, Spain, Czech Republic, USA. Over 130 authors, among whom there are names that have become a symbol of Russian culture - Andrei Goncharov (1903-1979), Yuri Vasnetsov (1900-1973), Alexander Vedernikov (1898-1975), Mikhail Demidov (1885-1929) and many others, and also masters of foreign countries who have earned popularity all over the world with their bold experiments: Daniel Rosin (USA), Arnaud Lapierre (France), Sergio Illuminato, Gabriel Zago, Dario Imbo (all - Italy), Gonzalo Orcuin (Spain) - presented exciting and extraordinary compositions dedicated to the image of the mirror and related motives of reflection.
The exposition of the exhibition occupies the entire space of the museum; it includes works of classical and contemporary art. On the first floor, spectators will meet with the mirror "universe", where the bottomless worlds of man and his environment are reflected. “The mirror can tell a lot,” is the name of one of the works by Ivan Akimov (1957-2011).
In the exposition, in which, by the way, real mirrors have been introduced, which have changed the configuration of the internal space, the viewer can feel himself immersed in a different reality. Female images, the so-called Venus of the 1920s - 1980s, prevail. They try on hats (Irina Yaroshevich. "Trying on hats". 1979), style their hair (Vasily Frolenko. "Interior". 1977), put on makeup (Alexander Tsarev. "Evening Toilet". 1997) or simply dream, showing us sides of the endless process of self-knowledge.
The mysticism of reflection is presented on the second floor. Here you can see still lifes in which mirrors become not only an additional source of light, but also proof of the existence of parallel worlds. How else to explain the presence in the picture of reflection without the presence of the image of the one to whom it belongs. (Lev Kramarenko. "Still life with a mirror". 1937).
On the third floor and even in the inner courtyard of the museum, there are concentrated works that are distinguished by a combination of various materials: mirrors, metals, wood, textiles, paper, concrete; works that can move (Vladimir Andreev. "Existence". 2017), sound (Daphne Nikita, Yorgos Taxiarhopoulos. "Seven Mirrors". 2020), emit light (Penelope Chiara Kokki. "Crystallization". 2020). A 12-meter-high, glowing tree, shimmering in various shades of green, created by the famous French artist-designer Arnaud Lapierre, will become the center of the open-air exhibition.