Dom Naschokina Gallery presents Tonino Guerra’s Rainbow – Italian Summer in Moscow
Moscow Travel Blog› entry 12 of 12 › view all entries
Tonino Guerra, a world-famous Italian scriptwriter, author and co-author of movies by Fellini, Antonioni, Bertolucci and Tarkovsky, poet and artist, is a frequent guest in Russia. This year Dom Naschokina Gallery is hosting an exhibition to celebrate the master’s 90th birthday. “Tonino Guerra’s Rainbow” presents paintings, ceramic artworks, furniture and drawing, including illustrations to “Kamasutra from Pennabilli”.
Tonino Guerra is often referred to as a Renaissance-level artist, and the exhibition proves this title: positive attitude combined with multi-talents and broad mind, respect for human being and strong belief in people’s potential are discovered in every work of the master.
Dom Naschokina Gallery offers its visitors a well-selected number of Tonino’s works showing different aspect of his talent and artistic interests.
The next room displays Tonino’s artworks, both paintings and ceramics. Timeless figures, Bible ideas and deep human beliefs all together create this special manner Tonino Guerra is famous for. Those works radiate happiness and make everyone inflected with it.
A real gem of the exhibition is Pascucci linen curtains. Tonino Guerra believes in an artist being involved into all stages of art making process. To stamp images, Guerra is using Renaissance-time tools and stencils, and to iron those giant curtains - a stone moved by a wheel made according to Leonardo da Vinci drawings.
The third room displays the drawing series “Kamasutra from Pennabilli”. Pennabilli is a small town in Italian region Emilia-Romagna,Tonino Guerra moved to from Rome and created his own world there. A great host and friend, he is being visited by many people and his house has converted into a living museum of a kind. Guerra himself decorated the house and filled with those art works that reflect his view. Some furniture pieces are on display at the exhibition. Looking like decorations for Commedia dell’arte, those bright objects add color to this life and give a happy smile.
In his illustrations to Kamasutra Tonino Guerra is skillfully avoiding the risk of being pornographic. His works are full of life and humor. Accompanying every drawing by a corresponding poem, Guerra is followings the Renaissance trend of combining and uniting different arts. While some of his painting make think of Middle East and oriental motives, Guerra’s Kamasutra is a sister of “The Decameron” by Giovanni Boccaccio – playful, humorous and down-to-earth.
The exhibition would not be complete without Tonino Guerra’s film and scriptwriting works. Dom Naschokina offers visitors to enjoy the movie “Nostalghia” (1983) written by Tonino Guerra and directed by Andrey Tarkovsky and starring Oleg Yankovskiy, Erland Josephson and Domiziana Giordano. Guerra wrote scripts to more than 100 movies and was working with the greatest directors of his time – he is a living classic but remains humble and he is still enjoying exploring this world with curiosity of a child.
Dom Naschokina (Naschokin House) Gallery is located in the heart of Moscow. The house belonged to Pavel Naschokin, a famous sponsor and arts patron and a good friend of Alexander Pushkin. During his visits to Moscow Pushkin stayed at Naschokin’s several times.
The gallery was opened in May 1994. Exhibitions cover contemporary art, classical artworks from the best museums and art galleries of Russia as well as photos of the 20th century celebrities such as Rudolph Nureyev, Marlene Dietrich and Marilyn Monroe.
More information on Dom Naschokina Gallery is available at: www.domnaschokina.ru