The exhibition “Century of Fyodor Khitruk”
The exposition, organised with the support of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation, was arranged to mark a 100-year’s anniversary of the legendary film director, professor, master of the animation studio Soyuzmultfilm, author of animated films Winnie-the-Pooh, Toptyzhka, The story of a crime, Boniface’s Vacation and others.
Fyodor Khitruk is a prominent representative of an aesthetic transformation in the Soviet animation. He was one of the first film directors who brought in the art minimalism, liberating a film shot from the common realistic images. His style predetermined the development of the author animation in the Soviet Union.
He was fully committed to his work: working on with the proficiency to inspirit cartoon characters, film directing and undertaking pedagogical and social activities — all at the same time. Khitruk not only supported and defended the development of art, but also he was creating the background for the development of author animated cartoons, comprehensible for everyone.
About a hundred rarities such as graphic pictures, sketches, photo scripts from the State central museum of cinema collection, light installations, memoirs of his students and cartoons beloved by everyone were presented at the exhibition.
The meetings with the students and companions of Fyodor Khitruk — Yury Norshtein, Alexander Petrov, Mikhail Aldashin, Ivan Maximov as well as master classes of the animation studio “Da” were organised as a part of the exhibition.
Yuliana Slashcheva, the Chairman of the Management board of Soyuzmultfilm, said at the grand opening of the exhibition: “We would like to emphasise the commitment of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation to the national animation industry. In September 2017 Alisher Usmanov, the founder of the Foundation, bought out and gratuitously delegated the rights for the Gold collection of animated cartoons of Soyuzmultfilm studio to Russia. Thanks to Alisher Usmanov, the world-wide known works of the Soviet animators, among those are Hedgehog in the Fog, The Snow Queen, The Scarlet Flower, Mowgli, The Humpbacked Horse, The Tale of Tsar Saltan, The Story of a Crime, cartoons about Cheburashka and Gena the Crocodile, had been brought back to Russia. In total, 547 cartoons had been brought back to Russia”.