Pavel Sillingovski

140 years since birth Pavel Șillingovski

The National Museum of Art of Moldova celebrates 140 years since the birth of the painter Pavel Shillingovsky. On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, starting with 16:00, the opening of painting and graphics will take place. This exhibition is unique in the world, MNAM has the most important collection of the artist - over 1000 works, donated (1947).

Pavel Shillingovsky is part of the generation of artists whose destiny is deeply marked by historical events. He was born in Chisinau, Basarabia, on February 16, 1881. He began studying at the Boys' School No. 2 in the capital, in 1900 he was admitted to the School of Fine Arts in Odessa, then in 1901 to the Imperial Academy of Arts in Petersburg.

For his dissertation, Shillingovsky returns to his origins. Even if his connection with the homeland was broken, his vision remains firmly anchored in the life of the Basarabian village. In the heart of the artist, Bessarabia is a "space of beginnings" that will remain throughout his life the most generous source of inspiration. Diploma thesis “Basarabia. Guessing ”he supported in 1911, receiving the qualification of painter.

A follower of the school of European art, he applied these traditions even when they were no longer tolerated. An artist with a serious plastic culture - receptive to the imperatives of the academic art era, he is no stranger to the pursuits of modern art - the style promoted by miriskusstnici is part of his concerns. He was admitted to the Faculty of Graphics in 1914.

Between 1912 and 1916, Pavel Shillingovsky visited Basarabia repeatedly. He led the graphics workshop at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts between 1921-1929 and 1935-1937.

In 1941 Shillingovsky plans to return to Moldova, but due to the turbulent times caused by World War II, the artist is forced to stay in Leningrad, to face the cold and famine of the blockade. He died in austere conditions on April 5, 1942, working on the last cycle of engravings - The besieged city, which remains unfinished.

The exhibition will be open to the public from May 18 to June 30, 2021.

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