Fedor Kuz’mic Suskov, Permanente Museum, Milan

ART and STATE by Vittorio Sgarbi

FEDOR KUZ’MICH SUSKOV
ART and STATE
edited by Vittorio Sgarbi

From 29 April to 15 May 20011

Palazzo della Permanente
Via Filippo Turati, 34
Milan

The paintings by the Russian artist Fedor Kuz´mich Suskov (1923 – 2006) arrive in Milan at the Permanent Museum.
The traveling exhibition Art and State, curated by Professor Vittorio Sgarbi and organized by Salvo Nugnes of Promoter Arte, has thus reached its third stage.

The exhibition, inaugurated in February in Florence by the Honorable Deputy Minister Francesco Giro, is sponsored by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, the Lombardy Region, the Municipality and the Province of Milan and takes place simultaneously with the Celebrations of Art and Culture Russian in Italy of 2011.

Nature and the divine are the main themes of Suskov’s painting.
Among the sixty oil paintings chosen by Vittorio Sgarbi we find some works with a sacred subject and numerous landscapes, whose chromatic tones always make up a sort of religious hymn dedicated to the earth and the whole creation.
In its tables, with almost three-dimensional impact, the watercourses, woods and mountains of the Caucasus are imbued and crossed by a universal, cosmic energy.

The essence of Suskov’s works cannot be circumscribed within a precise artistic current. His pictorial style appears free, guided only by an intense love of nature and a profound Christian faith, lived intimately and hidden for the duration of the communist regime. This is mainly the richness of the paintings on display and the entire artistic production of the Russian master.
He was able to officiate the power with the architectural and sculptural works that were commissioned by the State, but, at the same time, he had the ability and the strength to cultivate his own religious feeling for Art, through the exercise of painting.

Fedor Kuz´Mich Suskov reinterprets the Byzantine tradition in a personal and original way and pays homage to Russian art in over fifty years of activity, filtering it through his own painful personal experience. “His brushstrokes – writes Vittorio Sgarbi – celebrate a ritual in which the word of the sacred books becomes a vision. And the vision turns into transvision “. His canvases are rich in veiled and subliminal meanings, which are manifested only by a reckless glance, able to go beyond the superficiality of appearances, to capture the glow of a supernatural message. Brightness is, in fact, the founding element of Suskov’s works. “A light that – says Sgarbi – blends the sign with color, implementing a superior, divine metaphysical union”.