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July 7, 2013

Costakis collection & Russian avant-garde, SMCA, Thessaloniki

The Costakis collection and the Russian avant-garde. 100 years since the collector’s birth
State Museum of Contemporary Art, SMCA, Thessaloniki, Greece
Through January 31, 2014


© National Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki

2013 is an anniversary year for the State Museum of Contemporary Art -SMCA- in Thessaloniki, Greece, since it has been 100 years since the collector George Costakis was born in Moscow. On this occasion the SMCA holds a big exhibition, with over 250 artworks from the famous Russian avant-garde collection, dedicated to the collector himself, a large part of whose collection belongs to the Museum. The other part was donated by the collector himself in 1977 to the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. 

GEORGE COSTAKIS in his apartment in Moscow.
Photo Igor Palmin, 1974
© National Museum of Contemporary Art - Collection Costaki

The collector GEORGE COSTAKIS
© National Museum of Contemporary Art - Collection Costaki

The Costakis collection is the largest collection of Russian avant-garde art (1900-1930) and has a great mobility in exhibitions all over Europe and the USA. It is a big presentation of the Costakis collection and the archive which follows and shows the collector’s gaze and method, through monographic artists’ presentations, enriched by guided tours, educational programs, talks, book presentations and lessons on the Russian avant-garde period. 

Among many others, on view are artworks by artists Kazimir Malevich (1879-1935), Solomon Nikritin (1898-1965), Ilya Chashnik (1902-1929), Lioubov Popova (1889-1924), Alexei Morgunof (1884-1935)

KAZIMIR MALEVICH
Portraiture, 1910
Gouache on paper
© National Museum of Contemporary Art - Collection Costaki

SOLOMON NIKRITIN
Man and Cloud, circa 1930
Oil on paper mounted on plywood
© National Museum of Contemporary Art - Collection Costaki


ILYA CHASHNIK
Σουπρεματιστικός Σταυρός [Souprematistikos (?) Cross], 1920-1921
Oil on canvas
© National Museum of Contemporary Art - Collection Costaki


LIOUBOV POPOVA
Κυβοφουτουριστικό Πορτρέτο [Cubist Futurism Portrait], 1914-1915
Oil on cardboard
© National Museum of Contemporary Art - Collection Costaki

LIOUBOV POPOVA
Architectural painting, 1918
Oil on canvas
© National Museum of Contemporary Art - Collection Costaki

ALEXEI MORGUNOF
Aviator, 1912-1913
Oil on canvas
© National Museum of Contemporary Art - Collection Costaki

This exhibition is part of the 4th Thessaloniki biennale of Contemporary Art 2013 (September 18, 2013- January 31, 2014)



Curators:  Maria Tsantsanoglou, SMCA Director,  Angeliki Charistou, SMCA Art Historian

STATE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Moni Lazariston building (Northeast wing)
21 kolokotroni Str., Stavroupoli, Thessaloniki, Greece
Museum's website: www.greekstatemuseum.com

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