Tue-Sun: 12.00–20.00

Past exhibition
28 October – 31 January 2023
About exhibition:


Nikolskaya Gallery and POP UP MUSEUM present a new exhibition project "LÓVE". Together with a group of artists, the project explores the dialectical diversity of love, the impression of feeling and the artistic reflection of personal experience associated with it. The exposition includes paintings and graphic works that reveal the theme of living love as a metaphysical phenomenon.

Love as an experience that a person is able to experience is distributed among many areas of interaction. The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle named six main types of love: sensual, sacrificial, rational, love-obsession, love-game and love-friendship. Plato presented love in three forms: romantic, platonic and altruistic. For centuries, philosophers and psychologists have proposed various classifications of love, but they all started from the phenomenon of attraction to another person.

Today we define love much more broadly, identifying it with the metaphysical experience of a special sensation that comes from within. It can also be associated with moderate love for oneself (as opposed to narcissism), for one's work, or for any inspiring phenomenon in the external environment. Closest to this definition is Spinoza's statement: "Love is pleasure, accompanied by the idea of ​​an external cause."

Love in all its manifestations provides the artist with an incredible palette with which to create an infinite number of images. This is a feeling that fills with joy and delight, desire or a quiet inner light. It can be associated with both serenity and suffering. Exhausting, unjustified romantic love. Calm, mature love for a loved one. Light parental love. A long, strong friendship that survived quarrels and disagreements. Tender love for a pet. Inspirational love for art, idea. It is impossible to enumerate all the variety of shades of love, but the project seeks to express them as much as possible.

The viewer is presented with a reflection on the forms of inner living and external manifestations of love. The project also encourages dialogue, leaving open the questions: “What experience in life could you call love?”, “What emotions and feelings accompanied the experience of love, shaping your experience?”, “What kind of love do you pay the most attention to at the moment? "...

The discussion about the diversity of the phenomenon of love, according to the purpose of the project, leads to the understanding that this feeling occupies much more in our life than we used to think.

LÒVE is everywhere.

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