Ernst Neizvestny Bronze Sculpture, Baby Head
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Artist: Ernst Neizvestny
Title: Baby Head with Hands
Medium: Bronze, signed
Size: 11" x 8" x 6"
1926 Born April 9, 1926, in Sverdlovsk (Ekaterinburg) in the Ural Mountains.
1939-42 Wins national competition and attends special school for artistically gifted children, first in Leningrad, then in Samarkand during WWII.
1942-45 Volunteers for service in the Soviet Arm Forces. Commissioned as airborne commando officer and sees action on Second Ukrainian front. Severely wounded in Austria on April 22, 1945, declared dead, and "posthumously" awarded the Order of the Red Star for heroism.
1945 Teaches drawing at Suvorov Institute in Sverdlovsk.
1946 Starts to study art at the Academy for Fine Arts in Riga, Latvia.
1947-54 Studies art at Surikov Institute of Art in Moscow. At the same time studies philosophy at Moscow University.
1955 Becomes a member of Sculpture Section of the Union of Soviet Artists, Moscow Branch.
In the USSR...
1954-62 Participates in youth, republic, and all-union exhibitions in Moscow.
1956 Begins work on Tree of Life project.
1957 Wins two medals at the Fourth International Festival of Youth and Students in Moscow.
1958 Begins work on his "Gigantomachia" series. "Heart of Humanity" evolves into the "Tree of Life" architectural monument to human creativity in art, science, and technology.
1959 Wins national competition for Victory war monument commemorating Soviet victory over Nazi Germany.
1962 Takes part in Manege exhibition in Moscow to mark the 30th anniversary of MOSKH (Moscow Section of the Artist's Union). Discusses art with Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev.
1965 Wins first place in the International Dante Competition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Also takes part in a symposium: Sculpture in Free Space, and erects two sculptures - "Centaur" and "Stone Tears" - in Yugoslavia. Joint exhibition with Marc Chagall at Grosvenor Gallery, London.
1966 Executes 150-meter decorative relief, "Monument for All the Worlds Children" for Artek Pioneer Camp in the Crimea.
1968 Illustrates Dante's Short Works (Moscow: Nauka, 1968). Wins international competition with design for "Lotus Blossom" monument, the largest sculpture in the world, for the Aswan Dam in Egypt.
1969 English art critic John Berger publishes: Art and Revolution; Ernst Neizvestny and the Role of the Artist in the USSR.
1970 Exhibitions at Museum of Modern Art in Paris, and Museum of Fine Arts in Locarno, Italy.
1972 Executes the 15m stainless steel sculpture "Prometheus" for Electro-72 exhibition, and exhibits in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tel-Aviv, Israel.
1974 Creates tombstone for Nikita Khrushchev at Novodevechiy Monastery in Moscow, the 970-meter decorative relief for Institute of Electronics and Technology in Moscow, and a sculptural monument "Wings" for Institute of Light Alloys in Moscow. Takes part in "Progressive Currents" exhibition at Bochum Museum in West Germany. Great Crucifixion acquired by Vatican Museum permanent collection.
1975 Designs monumental architectural facade for headquarters of Central Committee in Ashkhabad, Turkmenia. Exhibitions in Vienna, Berlin, and the Lincoln Center, New York.
1976 Emigrates to the West and settles in Zurich, Switzerland. Completes bronze head of Dmitri Shostakovich for Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
1977 Moves to New York City.
1982 Essay "On Synthesis in Art" published in Continent Monthly, Paris, France.
1983 Presents "Heart of Christ" sculpture to Pope John Paul II. Begins to lecture on art and philosophy at universities in the United States.
1984 Erik Egelands Ernst Neizvestny, Life and Work published in Norway, Canada and the United States. First collection of essays in Russian, Govorit Neizvestnyi (Neizvestny Speaks) published.
1987 Neizvestnys "Tree of Life" Museum opens in Uttersberg, Sweden. Essays "Body: Man as Visual Sign" and "Art and Society" published.
1988 Designs "New Statue of Liberty" honoring the New Republic of China and the Third World. Meets with Pope John Paul II and presents him with model of Statue of Liberty.
1989 Completes illustrations to Samuel Beckett's works. Lectures on culture at Moscow State University. Commissioned to design Holocaust monument in Riga, Latvia, and memorial to victims of Stalinism in Vorkuta, USSR. Elected to full membership in European Academy of Arts, Sciences, and Humanities, Paris, France.
1990 Publishes first collection of essays in English; Space, Time, and Synthesis in Art: Essays on Art Literature, and Philosophy, in England, United States, and Canada. Commissioned to design memorials to the Victims of Stalinism in Magadan and Sverdlovsk, USSR
1992 Book of "Man's Fate" etchings, Artist Fate, is published. Exhibition at the Jewish Museum in Washington DC. Exhibition at the Le Monde De L'Art, Paris, France. Reception given in Neizvestny's honor by Ambassador of Russian Federation at Embassy in Washington DC. Completes work on the Ecclesiastes Series; exhibits them for the first time at the Embassy. Commissioned to create five meter monument, "The Golden Child" for Odessa's 200th anniversary Jubilee.
1993 Russian version of Space, Time and Synthesis published, entitled Centaur. Exhibit held honoring the Tree of Life Peace Monument at the Russian Federation Mission to the United Nations, New York.
1994 Commissioned to create three Monuments; to the Victims of the 1964 Earthquake in Turkmanistan, to poetess Anna Akhmotova in St. Petersburg, and a monument for the Republic of Kalmikia. Exhibition of works at the new Embassy of the Russian Federation in Washington DC.
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- c. 1979
- Width: 8 inches
- Height: 11 inches
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