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September 12, 2021, 09:04

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F. Yarbusov. Hedgehog and Dog. 1999 year

As an animator, he participated in the creation of cartoons “Hedgehog in the Fog”, “Boniface’s Vacation”, “Cheburashka”, “Mitten”, “Lefty”, “Beware, Pike!” and others.

Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center will present the exhibition “Snow on the Grass” by director-animator Yuri Norstein and artist Francesca Yarbusova. It is timed to the 80th anniversary of Norstein, who, as an animator, participated in the creation of the cartoons “Hedgehog in the Fog”, “Boniface’s Vacation”, “Cheburashka”, “Mitten”, “Lefty”, “Beware, Pike!” and others. Francesca Yarbusova, his wife, was an artist in all of the master’s works.

The project is based on the method of Norshtein and Yarbusova’s work on multi-layered characters; it will simultaneously become a guide and a labyrinth through the biography and work of two artists. The main exhibits will be materials from Norstein’s studio and large-scale mise-en-scène installations created specifically for this project.

The first part of the exhibition will show several voluminous spatial compositions that will combine fragments of the director’s famous works with documentary evidence of his past. One of these compositions is dedicated to the artist’s home yard in the Maryina Roshcha area. He grew up there and transferred the smallest details of the military and post-war life in many of his works, including the “Tale of Fairy Tales”. In the places on the biographical map of Norstein, the heroes of his works will be located.

The second part of the exhibition is built around a workflow, most of which was unknown to fans of Norshtein and Yarbusova. Visitors will be able to see materials for the main films of the artists – from sketches and storyboards to the phases of a character’s birth, as well as learn how the long-term work on the film “The Overcoat” is going on.

A specially developed program for people with different types of disabilities. For visually impaired and blind visitors, a special excursion route will be presented. In collaboration with the Gesture in the Museum Association of Deaf Guides, the Jewish Museum organizes excursions in sign language. For visitors with intellectual disabilities, master classes based on the exhibition will be held.

The exhibition will open on October 27 and run until January 10, 2022.

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