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The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and Pioner Cinema are launching a new year-round collaborative programme: “Pushkinsky / Pioner: Screen Expositions”.

Each week, Pioner will screen classics of Russian and world cinema that are thematically linked with temporary exhibits as well as the permanent collection at the Pushkin Museum. The curator of the programme is Naum Ikhilyevich Kleiman.

At the opening on 12 October, Pioner will show the famous Japanese film “Death of a Tea Master” (1989), directed by Kei Kumai, influenced by the exhibit “Raku Ceramics: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl.” Entrance to the screening is free of charge with advance registration through TimePad.

A series of screenings, entitled “Light Painting in Film,” will be dedicated to the exhibit “Caravaggio and His Followers,” and will present the works of various schools of cinematography inspired by “chiaroscuro” — the play between shadows and light. Before the end of the year, Pioner will also host screenings connected with the exhibits “Wild Years of Montparnasse” and “ILIAZD: The 20th Century of Ilia Zdanevich.”

Audiences will be able to see the masterpieces of French, Soviet, German, and Japanese cinema. Among them will be the classic films of Fritz Lang, Marcel Carné, René Clair, Robert Wiene, Georg Wilhelm Pabst, Leni Riefenstahl, Ezhi Kavalerovich, Mikhail Kalatozov, as well as representatives of the “Leningrad school” Grigoriy Kozintsev, Leonid Trauberg, Ilya Averbakh, Sergey Ovcharov, and many others.

Naum Kleiman, curator of the “Pushkinsky / Pioner: Screen Expositions” programme:
“The story of fine arts of the 20th century, comprising a significant part of the Pushkin Museum’s collection, is closely intertwined with the history of film. From the first years of its existence, film has been seen not merely as “moving pictures,” but as “living painting.” The founders of our national cinema — directors Yakov Protazanov, Lev Kuleshov, and Sergey Eisenshtein, cinematographers Aleksandr Levitsky, Eduard Tisse, and Anatoly Golovnya, the artists Vladimir Egorov, Evgeniy Eney, and Aleksandr Rodchenko, and the composers Dmitry Shostakovich and Sergey Prokofyev contributed to the development of film as an organic synthesis of all art.”

Marina Loshak, director of the Pushkin State Museum:
“This collaborative project with Pioner Cinema sets the stage for the permanent presence of film in exhibitions in the future Museum Town of the Pushkin State Museum. In the future, film will be included in the museum’s permanent collection. Included the Pushkin State Museum’s near-term plans are film screenings at the Museion Educational Centre, taking place every first and third Monday of the month.”

Mary Nazari, CEO of Pioner Cinema:
“Pioner Cinema always tries to introduce audiences to the origins of cinema, and we are exceedingly pleased that our audiences now have the opportunity to trace the influences that classical painting had on film — without a question the most important predecessor of “on-screen art” of the 20th century. The collaborative project of the Pushkin Museum and Pioner also allows us to see that the museum and the cinema are spaces in no way opposed to each other, but rather adjacent and allied territories capable of complementing and enriching each other.”

Screening schedule:

12 October — “Death of a Tea Master” (Kei Kumai, 1989, Japan)
Together with the exhibit “Raku Ceramics: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl.”

19 October — “S.V.D.” (Grigoriy Kozintsev, Leonid Trauberg, 1927, USSR)
Together with the exhibit “Caravaggio and His Followers.” Opening of the retrospective, “Light Painting in Film: The Leningrad School.” Opening remarks by film historian Petr Bagrov

26 October — “Thunderstorm” (Vladimir Petrov, 1934, USSR)
Together with the exhibit, “Caravaggio and His Followers.” “Light Painting in Film: The Leningrad School.”

2 November — “Declaration of Love” (Ilya Averbakh, 1977, USSR)
Together with the exhibit, “Caravaggio and His Followers.” “Light Painting in Film: The Leningrad School.” Opening remarks by screenwriter Pavel Finn

9 November — “Levsha”/“Southpaw” (Sergey Ovcharov, 1986, USSR)
Together with the exhibit, “Caravaggio and His Followers.” “Light Painting in Film: The Leningrad School.” Opening remarks by film historian Evgenij Margolit

16 November — “Entr’acte” and “Under the Roofs of Paris” (René Clair, 1924, 1930, France)
Together with the exhibit, “‘The Wild Years’ of Montparnasse”. Opening remarks by film historian Naum Kleiman

23 November — “From Morn to Midnight” (Karl Heinz Martin, 1920, Germany)
Together with the exhibit, “Caravaggio and His Followers.” The German classical school. Opening remarks by film historian Naum Kleiman

30 November — “The Hands of Orlac” (Robert Wiene, 1924, Germany, Austria)
Together with the exhibit, “Caravaggio and His Followers.” “Light Painting in Film: The German classical school”. Film presented by doctor Mikhael Vedel

7 December — “Joyless Street” (Georg Wilhelm Pabst, 1925, Germany)
Together with the exhibit, “Caravaggio and His Followers.” “Light Painting in Film: The German classical school.”

14 December — “M” (Fritz Lang, 1931, Germany)
Together with the exhibit, “Caravaggio and His Followers.” “Light Painting in Film: The German classical school.”

Lectures and screenings programme at the “Museion” Education Centre of The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
Events start at 7.30 pm

November 15 — “Ballet mécanique” (Fernand Léger, Dudley Murphy, 1924, France), “Emak-Bakia”, “L’étoile de mer”, “Les mystères du château de Dé” (Man Ray, 1926, 1928, 1929, France)
Together with the exhibit “‘The Wild Years’ of Montparnasse”. Films by the Montparnasse artists. Opening remarks by film historian Naum Kleiman

November 29 — “Faust: Eine deutsche Volkssage” (Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, 1926, Germany)
Together with the exhibit, “Caravaggio and His Followers.” “Light Painting in Film: The German classical school”. Lecture by Michael Vedel Ph.D. (Germany)

December 6 — “Variety” (Ewald André Dupont, 1925, Germany)
Together with the exhibit, “Caravaggio and His Followers.” “Light Painting in Film: The German classical school”.Opening remarks by film historian Alexey Medvedev

December 20 — “Shurochka” (Iosif Kheifits, 1982, USSR)
Together with the exhibit, “Caravaggio and His Followers.” “Light Painting in Film: The Leningrad School.” Opening remarks by director of photography Dmitry Dolinin

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