Nikolai Nikogosian – Moscow Classic in the Double Mirror

Nikolai Nikogosian, at the age of almost 100 years, counts as one of the most important Russian sculptors and painters.

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For the first time in Germany, a major part of Nikogosian’s works are presented, ranging from sculptural monument studies to nude paintings – for the then USSR a rather unusual subject. Nikolai (Nikolaus) Nikogosian (Николай Никогосян) was born on 2 December 1918 in the small village of Mets Shagriar (now Nalbandian) in the Ararat valley of Armenia. He went to Saint Petersburg to study, from1944 to1947 he continued his training at the Surikow Art Institute in Moscow under Prof. Alexander Matveew. Thereafter, we worked as a sculptor, painter and graphic artist in Moscow. He paints passionately portraits of people who arouse his interest. His models include the chemist Nikolai Zelinski, the ballerina Maja Plissetskaja, the composer Aram Khachaturian, the physicist Pjotr Kapitza and the chess world champion Tigran Petrosian.

The exhibition Nikolai Nikogosian – Moscow Classic in the Double Mirror is dedicated to a living legend of Russian art: Nikolai Nikogosian, at the age of almost 100 years, counts as one of the most important Russian sculptors and painters. Nikolai Nikogosian was and still is very productive and has created more than 200 busts (in bronze, wood and marble), 600 oil paintings and 3000 charcoal drawings. His works adorn private collections in France, Belgium, Finland, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Ireland and Greece. Several works belong to the collection of the State Tretjakow Gallery in Moscow.

The exhibition is complemented by a presentation of four further artists of the Moscow Circle: Mariam Aslamazyan, Armine Kalentz, Archi Galentz and Harutyun Kalentz. These painters, who have close family ties with Nikogosian, are proof of the productivity of the large Moscow artist family around Nikolai Nikogosian, to whom a private museum in Moscow is dedicated.

Nikolai Nikogosian’s awards:
1977 State Prize of the USSR
1977 People’s Artist of Armenia
1982 People’s Artist of the USSR
1987 Order of the Polish People’s Republic
1989 Professor of the Stroganow University Moscow
2001 Full Member of the Russian Academy of Arts
2008 Gold Medal of the Russian Academy of Arts

In cooperation with the Deutsch-Russisches Forum e.V.

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Wednesday 30 November 2016
bis Friday 6 January 2017