Soviet 20th century artist Alexander Deyneka in Palazzo delle Esposizioni (till May 1, 2011)

February 16th, 2011, will see the official opening in Rome of a retrospective of the works of the Soviet artist Alexander Deyneka.

Alexander Deyneka in Palazzo delle Esposizioni (till May 1, 2011

This exhibition marks the beginning of the Year of Russia in Italy and the simultaneously held Year of Italy in Russia.

The respective presidents of Russia and Italy presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Giorgio Napolitano will be present at the opening.

The 87 paintings shown at the exhibition will reflect all phases of Deyneka’s development as an artist.

Deyneka (1899-1969) was both a painter, graphic artist and sculptor, and during his life spent a lot of time in Italy. He was known as one of the most important Soviet artists of the first half of the 20th century.

His most famous work is The Defence of Petrograd (1928) and the mosaics in the Moscow metro station Mayakovskaya were also from his hand.

Because of their realistic representations of the human body, both Deyneka and his Italian friend Renato Guttuso were sometimes referred to as “the Michelangelo of the 20th century. “

The exhibition, which is officially titled Deyneka Alexander, Master of the Soviet Modernity will be open to the public from February 19 to May 1, 2011 and is held at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Via Nazionale, 194-00184 Roma).

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