Михаил Шишин Mikhail Shishin

Dear Readers!

As the New Year approaches we congratulate all of you and with wishes of happiness, joy and success we publish the next issue of “The Art of Eurasia” Journal. We hope that it will be interesting for many people, because we have tried to make it diverse in topics and extensive in a geographical sense.

This issue opens under the heading “Eurasian Heritage”. Here are combined articles about the phenomena in art, separated by time and great distances of Eurasia — from Northern Mongolia, Khakassia, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug — Ugra. These works of masters have a lot in common — a rich imagination, a high sense of artistic form, a desire for artistic expressiveness, and a deep mythopoetic layer that unites the artistic heritage of the peoples of Eurasia. Studying the work of mostly unknown masters, art historians reconstruct a set of canonical images that have preserved their symbolism and bright artistic form over the centuries.

In the section “Art of the XX–XXI centuries” you can get acquainted with the outstanding masters of modernity from Volgograd to Primorye. We are glad that the research started in previous issues, such as the work of the Primorye artist V.G. Sheshunov, a student of I.I. Shishkin, is developing on the pages of our journal. From other articles, we can see how the dramatic fate of the Kalmyk people excited the bright painter G. Rokchinsky, whose worldview was based on Buddhist philosophy, and this gave the artist's subjects and images an amazing brightness and strength. Also, our authors managed to open previously little-known pages in the life of artists of one of the centers of art of our country — Yekaterinburg and share their experience of conducting high-profile art projects in Primorye.

One of the leading sections of the magazine — “Forum” is devoted to the topic initiated by the staff of the Research Institute of Theory and History of Fine Arts of the Russian Academy of Arts. It is about patrons, art collectors, amazing collections. From the latter, museum collections began to form, many are an adornment and a source of pride for some museum. This topic is extremely interesting and full of plots that will take your breath away: there is a drama, a detective story, unexpected discoveries and finds, everything is sometimes fantastically connected. Plunging into all the intricacies of events, discovering new names after the authors, the fate of individual works and even collections, you will learn a lot of interesting things. This issue opens the publication of articles, and in the next issues we will continue to acquaint you with research on this topic.

In the traditional for our journal heading “Dictionary of Buddhist Iconography by Lokesh Chandra” we present a detailed iconography of one of the central images of the Buddhist pantheon — the image of Padma, described by an outstanding Indian scholar.

In the “Ex Libris” section, we present a number of art albums and scientific works published at the end of 2020. We especially note here those dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. The monograph “Palette scorched by war” is a collective work of art historians of the Urals, Siberia and the Far East about veteran artists who bravely fought in battles, and in the post-war years, overcoming the greatest difficulties, became famous masters of art. The album of the Russian-Mongolian exhibition “Our Common Victory” is also dedicated to the memory of the heroes. The paintings of the artists of the two countries reflected their admiration for the courage and perseverance of the people who survived the terrible war, and the unbreakable unity of Russia and Mongolia, which clearly manifested itself during the war years.

“Academy News” is always a story about the exhibitions at the Russian Academy of Arts, the most interesting and significant. Presented together, they create an impressive phenomenon in contemporary Russian art. Here you can also see the works of artists, sometimes little-known to a wide audience. In its exhibition activities, the Academy demonstrates really advanced and promising art, each exhibition in its halls is a special kind of exam for masters, and therefore the most successful works are presented. Thus, the Academy fulfills one of its main missions — to affirm humanistic values and high professionalism in art.

When the work on the December issue is completed, we sum up the results of the year and check the course. Our main reference point remains the comprehension of true art, which transforms a person, "straightens" his soul, sometimes crumpled like a glove in the hero of the essay by G. I. Uspensky, returns dignity and gives strength at all times.

Mikhail Shishin

Chief Editor