“A night in the museum”, being held worldwide on May 14th  this year, celebrates an opening of the exhibition “Shurale and me” initiated by Salavat Gilyazetdinov and Vasil Khannanov in the walls of the “Khazineh” National Art Gallery in Kazan.

The exhibition highlightens contemporary portrayal of Shurale (tat. Шүрәле), a male forest monster from the Tatar folklore and a main protagonist of Tuqay’s most famous poem of the same name “Shurale”, written in 1907. 


A little bit noisy and bacchanalic, usually depicted as humpbacked, having wooly body, long thing fingers, hanging nipples and a horn on a forehead, the current exposition documents its life in sudden narrative details, hardly known in the beginning of the 20th century. The subject matter is highly varied: traditional images coexist with the famous half-face posture of the Faun by Vatslav Nejinsky or a Shurale-labeled tin-can.

The exhibition features some 300 art pieces by professional artists and students of art schools and workshops from Moscow, Naberejnye Chelny, Saint-Petersburg, Ufa, Neftekamsk, Blagoveshchinsk, Kazan, Elabuga and Omsk.

“Shurale and me” is the last in a series of the exhibitions, held in halls of the “Khazineh” National Art Gallery in Kazan as devoted to the 125th birth anniversary of a great Tatar poet Gabdullah Tuqay (1886 - 1914).

The exhibition is being organized by the State Museum of Fine Art of the Republic of Tatarstan and the Nail Latfullin Museum of the Modern Art of the Republic of Bashkortostan in association with the Mardjani Foundation.

The press-conference will start at 2:00 pm.

At 7:00 pm visitors are invited to a master class by Vasil Khannanov, a painter and graphic artist, known for his assemblages and installations.

Official opening: 3:00 pm

Dates: May 14, 2011 – June 14, 2011

Timing: Tuesday – Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Address: Kazan Kremlin, the 3rd Entrance

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