Exhibition at the State Sports Museum October-November 2023


At the end of October, at the State Sports Museum (embankment of the Moika River, 23) in one of the most beautiful mansions in St. Petersburg, an exhibition entitled “Sport as Art” opened. Paintings, sculptures, photographs dedicated to competitions and athletes are presented in the luxurious hall of the historical Abamelek-Lazarev mansion. Among the exhibits of contemporary St. Petersburg artists is a series of 11 paintings by Anastasia Nikolaeva-Berg dedicated to football players.

The “Football Legends” series was created by artist Anastasia Nikolaeva-Berg specifically for exhibiting at exhibition venues in St. Petersburg during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The choice of heroes is due rather to the author’s personal sympathy and recommendations from football experts and fans. For an author who paints historical canvases, creating a portrait-image, a portrait-symbol has become the main task of a painting series. World football stars, famous at that time, were selected. In each work from Anastasia’s football series, the viewer sees the hero at the climax of life. Each portrait is a symbol and each hero is an idol and an example to follow. The work “Golden Arshavin” (oil on canvas) was donated by the author to the State Sports Museum. The exhibition will last until November 26.


 Photo from the exhibition at the State Sports Museum

 Video from the exhibition at the Sports Museum