Oskar Klever (1887-1975) - painter, graphic artist, virtuoso book illustrator, the younger son and pupil of the famous master of landscape, professor of the Imperial Academy of Arts Julius Klever (1850-1924). Oskar Klever’s exhibition The Dream - White Horse is the first major encounter with the legacy of the undeservedly forgotten representative of Russian art of the twentieth century in the Russian art space. Incorporating works from various museum collections, it reveals not only all facets of Klever’s art, it also shows materials of his complicated biography, including information about the early pre-revolutionary and immediate post-revolutionary periods of the master’s work, his theatrical work, as well as his life in a camp for displaced persons of German origin during WWII, his return to Leningrad, and the experiences of the last years of his life embodied in his literary works.
Characters of Pushkin’s The Tale of Tsar Saltan (graphic images and sculptural figures made in papier-mâché), illustrations for Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales, the play Per Gynt by Henrik Ibsen, The Good Guy by Marina Tsvetaeva, and other literary works, as well as the Ghosts cycle, on which the author worked from the 1930s-1970s, will reveal to us the artist of mystical orientation.
Klever’s creative legacy deserves the closest attention. It awakens interest not only as an artistic phenomenon, but also as a phenomenon characterizing certain moments of Soviet history. The exhibition includes 160 works (graphic pieces, papier-mâché sculpture)