Jack of Diamonds. Story to be continued

Exhibition project
30.07.2011 - 28.02.2018
Project is completed
The Jack of Diamonds PS ProjectProject poster
Jack of Diamonds. Story to be continued. Project poster

About this project


The study of the interrelationships between Russian artistic modernism of the early XX century (the Jack of Diamonds art group) and the work of artists of the second half of the XX and early XXI centuries.

In this project, we want to raise many points about the ways and the directions the Russian modernism goes in the twentieth century. Where does the history of the art group “Jack of Diamonds” end? In 1917, when was the last exhibition of this group? In the 1930s, when is the Russian modernist tradition forcibly interrupted? In the sixties or much later? Do the characteristic features of early Russian modernism find a response and development in the second half of the 20th century? Is the influence of the art group “Jack of Diamonds” limited only to the Moscow school of painting? What, in general, are the boundaries of Russian modernism and what are the features of its development?

Our project compares the works of two Volgograd artists Gleb Vyatkin and Pyotr Zverkhovsky and the works of the Jack of Diamonds members, as well as the later artists of “the Jack of Diamonds school” – Ilya Mashkov, Pyotr Konchalovsky, Aristarkh Lentulov, Alexander Kuprin, Robert Falk and Alexander Osmerkin.

The project includes works from the collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Russian Museum, Volgograd Mashkov Museum of Fine Arts, as well as the personal collection of Peter Aven.


Project participants


Project partners

  • Volgograd State Mashkov Art Museum
  • Volgograd Region Administration