Museum exhibit /“A Game of Chess”. Drawing.
A drawing (“A Game of Chess”) done by Nina Alekseevna Lekarenko (1911-1995) in Tomsk Camp for family members of traitors to the Fatherland in 1938 or 1939. According to the artist, the sketch from life depicts contemporaries in the Camp, who were the wives of astronomers under punishment. In 1993 N.A. Lekarenko (her husband’s name was Noskovich) transferred part of her camp drawings, including this one, to the Museum of the Research and Information Centre “Memorial” in St Petersburg. (Photo 2007), 
 
 
 
 
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Registration number in museum acquisition book KP-287
 
Date of acquisition1993
 
Thematic indexThe Camps
 
Thematic indexLife in Captivity/
 
Date and place of creation1938-1939 Tomsk Camp for family members of traitors to the Fatherland, Tomsk.
 
Size30 cm x 22 cm
 
MaterialsPaper
 
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Description of exhibitTwo seated women, playing chess, are drawn in “landscape” form on a rectangular sheet of thin paper. They are arranged in profile in relation to the artist, and sitting leaning over a chess-board, which is on their knees.
 
State of preservationUndamaged.
 
Detailed annotationThe pencil sketch (“A Game of Chess”) by Nina Alekseevna Lekarenko (1911-1995) was done in the period 1938-1939, when she was imprisoned in the Tomsk Camp for family members of traitors to the Fatherland. The picture shows her camp contemporaries – the wives of astronomers under punishment (she has forgotten their names and surnames). On her arrest (01.10.1937), N.A. Lekarenko took paper, pencils and colouring-materials with her into the camp. In the camps – in the Tomsk Camp for family members of traitors to the Fatherland (1937-1939) and later in Iaia (1939-1946) - N.A. Lekarenko regularly drew from life: in pencil and water-colour, with a preliminary sketch in pencil, sometimes in pen and sangina. To economise on paper, she usually made sketched drafts on both sides of a sheet. The artist presented some of her camp drawings to her prisoner-friends and some (about 45) she kept for herself. In 1993 she gave 37 sheets to the Museum of the Research and Information Centre “Memorial” in St Petersburg. The rest of her drawings are kept in the family of her daughter, Nina Romanovna Liberman. The camp sketches by N.A.Lekarenko have been shown at exhibitions organised by the Research and Information Centre “Memorial” in St Petersburg.: “Iskusstvo Gulaga” [“Art in the Gulag”] (St Petersburg, Gorchakovskii Palace, 1993; the Municipal History Museum, 1995); “Iskusstvo Gulaga: po obe storony tiuremnoi dveri” [“Art in the Gulag: on both sides of the prison door”] (St Petersburg, Museum of the Political History of Russia, 1995), and also at exhibitions organised jointly with the A.A. Akhmatova Museum in the Fontanniy Dom
(St Petersburg): “Po sledam “Rekviema” [ “In the Footsteps of the “Requiem”] (in honour of the 60th Anniversary of the writing of the poem “Requiem”)”, 2000; “Nina Noskovich: Portret khudozhnika” [“Nina Noskovich: a Portrait of the Artist”] (2000).
 
PersonsLekarenko (married name Noskovich) Nina Alekseevna, author, creator of the collection
 
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Museum exhibit /“A Game of Chess”. Drawing.