Alexander Tyshler. Theatre in easel paintings

26 November 2019

A native of Leningrad, a prisoner of Buchenwald, a representative of the new York avant-garde of the 1950s — 1960s, co-founder of the No!art, Boris Lurie gropes the painful points of modernity: from crimes against humanity to the reflection of sexuality in the mass consciousness.

The exhibition, held In the year of theater in Russia, is devoted to the amazing, mysterious and strange world of images of Alexander Grigoryevich Tyshler (1898-1980). The exhibition includes works from the collection of the Russian Museum, which has an extensive collection of paintings and graphic works Tyshler, received in the Museum from the master and his wife art historian F. Y. Syrkina, as well as in the donated extensive collection of theatrical art G. M. Levitin, a close friend of many domestic artists of the theater.

Tyshler gained fame and recognition while participating in the Association of Moscow artists OST ("society of easel") in the second half of the 1920s-early 1930s. At the same time, Tyshler began to work actively as a theater artist. The innovation of the productions, in the design of which the master participated, consisted in addressing the folk forms of the theater, in preserving the national color and in a deeply social interpretation of the drama. A special sense of theatricality provided Tyshler fruitful and equal creative cooperation with Yu. Zavadsky, A. Tairov, S. Radlov, S. Mikhoels, V. Meyerhold, N. Cherkasov and other famous Directors and actors. It also greatly contributed to the emergence of a special genre of easel art in Tyshler's work, built on the principles of theater and which, as experts noted, became a real "theater of easel paintings".

In the works presented at the exhibition, the romantic theatrical vision of the master is always felt, which allows us to speak about the special Tyshler artistry, about the peculiar refraction of the mythologism of the revolution. It is fully revealed in the cycles associated with the understanding of the events and images of the Civil war, in which the artist was directly involved.

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