The major retrospective of Nikolai Kulbin is organised by the State Russian Museum on the occasion of the artist’s 150th anniversary. Kulbin, in fact, was one of the central figures in Russian avant-garde, and yet his own artworks are not widely known.
The year 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Nikolai Kulbin (1868–1917), an artist, theoretician, and organizer of numerous art groups and significant exhibitions. The first retrospective exhibition of works by Kulbin discovers the artist as a landscape painter with an analytical mind and yet an unspoiled vision, a prominent graphic artist who left many portraits of his contemporaries (D. Burliuk, M. Kuzmin, S. Sudeikin, A. Kuprin, V. Khlebnikov, etc.), a talented theatrical artist and book illustrator. The exhibition shows almost 120 works, including a futurist book “Vzorval” by A. Kruchenykh illustrated by Nikolai Kulbin.
The exhibition is dedicated to Evgeny Kovtun (1928–1996), art historian, who was the first in Russia to study N. I. Kulbin’s creative oeuvre.