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Soviet Woman - Beauty and Power: Love, Fashion, Leisure, Work, Family

Women laying the asphalt on the road and happily drinking their kefir at lunch;
working in the fields shoveling heavy straw, tending to kids and staying long queues to buy milk;
women dressed in fancy hats and white shoes, marching on the demonstrations;
women juggling work and family, long parent’s meetings at school and heavy work at factories;
women smiling, working, loving;
women reflecting the long years of being Soviet and being women.
They all are there, at our exhibition, waiting for you to be admired and loved.

28.02.2019 — 28.03.2019

Viktor Umnov - Painting. Graphic Arts. Objects (past exhibition)

Viktor Ivanovich Umnov was born 1931 in Moscow. In 1955 he graduated from the Moscow Power Engineering Institute. During 1954-1957 he was engaged at the art studio of the institute. From 1958 to 1962 Viktor Umnov worked under the guidance of the well-known book graphic artist M.P. Klyachko. Between 1964 and 1989 he worked as an artist in the Workshop of Advertising, Applied and Industrial Graphics. He created easel paintings and graphics for himself at the same time as well. Viktor Umnov has been a member of the Union of Artists of the USSR since 1972.

The works of the artist of the 1960s are mostly Moscow landscapes, still lifes and artwork filled with bright characters, reminiscent of the tradition of the Russian avant-garde and the paintings of Mikhail Larionov. "Figurative in nature, expressive in form," - this is how the artist defined this stage in his work.

Up until 1983, the artist created figurative paintings and graphics in an expressive manner. He had written a book of aphorisms, which served as an impetus for creating a series of abstract paintings. The artist has a complex conceptual background to his works of the time, looking at the meaning of the symbols of the opposing rational and irrational origins, such as male and female, transforming them into the form and colour, and finding "plastic equivalents of the verbal constructions that originally appeared to me," as the artist wrote about this period.

Since 1987, Viktor Umnov has actively been participating in exhibitions of easel art. The works of the master of the next period of 1990-2000s are mostly texts written on cardboard or on roofing sheets.

In the early 2000s, the artist began to lose sight and by 2008 he lost his sight completely. A pause arose in his professional work as an artist, which prompted him to turn to work with literary texts. But a few years ago, the artist suddenly returned to work in easel graphics.

In 2005, the National Centre for Contemporary Art published his book "Words and Pauses". In 2015, the album-monograph "Retrospective" was published showcasing the artist's works.

Viktor Umnov's artwork is represented in the collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the Moscow Literary Museum, the New Jerusalem Museum in Istra, the Arkhangelsk Art Museum, the Blagoveshchensk Museum of Local History, the Bryansk Art Gallery, the Vologda Regional Picture Gallery, the Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts, the Kaliningrad Regional Picture Gallery, the Kemerovo Regional Museum of Fine Arts, the State Lermontov Memorial Museum-Reserve "Tarkhany", the Novosibirsk State Art Museum, the Norilsk Art Gallery, the Tomsk Regional Art Museum, the Tyumen Regional Museum of Fine Arts, the National Art Museum of the Republic of Sakha in Yakutsk, the Yaroslavl Art Museum, the Zimmerli Museum in New Brunswick (USA), the Museum of Duke University of North Carolina (USA),

the Commission of the European Communities in Strasbourg and in twenty other museums of Russia's largest cities, as well as in collections of Norton and Nancy Dodge in New Jersey (USA), E. Peschler in Zurich (Switzerland), Robber Obera in Kent (USA), and other private collections in Russia, Europe and the United States.