Founder – V. Vavilin. Director – I. Yanovskaya.
Volzhskaya Art Gallery is a private art museum, founded by a businessman Vitaly Vavilin in 2011 in Togliatti. The museum's collection consists of art works (painting, graphic arts, sculpture), collected from the early 2000’s. At the moment the museum’s collection numbers about 2 thousand individual items created by Russian realist masters starting from the middle of the last century to the present day, including the works of such outstanding artists as P. Ossovsky, V. Ivanov, A. Tutunov, I. Shevandronova, S. Gerasimov, N. Andronov, D. Zhilinsky, A. Vasnetsov, E. Unknown, L. Naumova, D. Plavinsky, A. Rukavishnikov, B. Sveshnikov, V. Shulzhenko, M. Kantor, B. Zhutovskiy, and others.
The collection also contains the works of famous artists associated with the Middle Volga region, such as K. Petrov-Vodkin, F. Malyavin, K. Gorbatov, S. Yuzhanin, I. Komissarov, V. Purygin, etc.
Since 2012 the gallery’s collection is available to everyone who is interested in Russian realistic school. Currently, the collection is exhibited in parts. The gallery holds thematic exhibitions of works from the museum's collection on a regular basis. The exhibition hall of the museum is located in the Central district of Togliatti.
Volzhskaya Art Gallery also organizes lectures, various cultural events, and master classes for children and adults via running creative workshop Of All Trades.
The museum’s collection is also exhibited on external sites, including the foreign ones. Since 2016 Volzhskaya Art Gallery has been founding and organizing the All-Russian Contest of Professional Artists and Students of Special Educational Institutions called Genre in Development. The gallery also takes part in the contest-exhibition project Against the Current organized by the Russian Academy of Arts. Since 2012 the gallery has been exhibiting the project nominees’ works as a final step of the contest.
At Music and Arts Festival Tremolo Volzhskaya Art Gallery will present an exhibition of Boris Zhutovskiy’s drawings called “The last people of the empire” (from the collections of the gallery; curators are Irina Yanovskaya and Anna Ivanushkina). From 1973 to 2003 the artist created more than 300 portraits of his contemporaries, famous people of the outgoing era. The Volzhskaya Art Gallery collection contains 25 of his works. You can see all of them at Tremolo.
At the beginning of the series the visitors will see a portrait of Mieczysław Rakowski, created in 1973. Rakowski was a brilliant journalist and a chief editor of the weekly newspaper Polityka (Poland).
Next come portraits of other famous people: poets B. Slutsky, B. Okudzhava, I. Guberman, Y. Yevtushenko, D. Samoilov, director G. Daneliya, writers G. Gorin and A. Galich, actor Z. Gerdt, historian N. Eidelman, sculptor E. Neizvestny, as well as M. Gorbachev, N. Khrushchev, and A. Sakharov. They interspersed with portraits of the author’s fellow artists and close friends.
In the portraits you will see images of Soviet and Post-Soviet epochs, seriousness and drama of those times. Not coincidentally, the author depicted intellectuals who thought about their feelings. And in a way, the portraits say about the author rather than about his models, because the author’s life is closely connected with his creative environment.
“Principally, I paint portraits only from models. It is easy both for me and for a model,” says Boris Zhutovskiy, “I have not painted anyone who would not be close, familiar or interesting to me.”