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Alexander Aizenshtat

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Alexander Aizenshtat (Eisenstadt)
Alexander Aizenshtat

(1951-12-02)2 December 1951
NationalityFrench, Russian, Austrian
Known forArt, Painting

Alexander Aizenshtat (Alexander Eisenstadt; born in 1951, Moscow) is a French-Austrian artist[1] known as the founder of a new movement in world fine arts - metaphysical expressionism. He lives and works in Jerusalem, in Beit Meir.[2] He is also known for following Orthodox Jewish practice, keeping the requirements strictly.[3] Today he is working in the Kingdom of Bahrain to prepare a substantive collection of new paintings celebrating Bahrain’s rich cultural heritage under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with continued support of His Excellency Sheikh Rashid Al Khalifa.

Early life[edit]

Alexander Aizenshtat was born in 1951 in Moscow and grew up at Chistye prudy area in an intelligent family.[4] His father was a lawyer and an advocate of the City Faculty of Advocates, graduate of the Law Faculty of Moscow State University. Artist’s mother was a linguist and a philologist, a teacher of German language, a graduate of the Romanic-German department of Moscow State University.

Aizenshtat studied painting at the artistic school named after Serov at Prechistenka Street in the late 60s, continuing his studies in the studio of artist S. P. Skulskiy in the early 70s.[5]

After his studies, in 1974, Aizenshtat moved to Israel, where he lived in the city of Safed (where the tradition of studying and interpreting of Kabbala was shaped) and in the kibbutz of Manheim.[6] The picturesque outskirts inspired his creativity and he continued to paint. After he served in the army, Alexander Aizenshtat dedicated himself to religion, he started studying Torah and Talmud in a Yeshiva in Jerusalem. In 1980, Aizenshtat married a French woman, Sonia Smadja, and moved to Paris.[7] In 1989, he founded the Center for Torah Studies in Moscow. Alexander Aizenshtat followed Orthodox Jewish practice for much of his life, keeping the requirements strictly.[3]

Career and exhibitions[edit]

As a young artist, Aizenshtat was exhibited in private houses around the world, including Paris and New York. His works were sold privately.

Since, 2010, he started getting recognition and exhibiting in Moscow including Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Triumph Gallery,[8] Bulgakov Museum[9][10] and others.[11][12]

In 2016, Alexander Aizenshtat’s artworks were exhibited at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts[13] curated by Irina Antonova and Andrey Tolstoy (Director of the Research Institute of Theory and History of Fine Arts of the Russian Academy of Arts (RAKh).[14][15]

Also, in November 2016, Aizenshtat's works were exhibited in the Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val[16][17][18] curated by Zelfira Tregulova (a fine art expert and the Director of the Tretyakov Gallery).[19][20][21]

In January 2017, his series of paintings called «Spectrum of Life» were exhibited at Christies’s in Moscow.[22][23] In the summer of 2017, the Gallery of the Frida Project Foundation, partnered with Sberbank also displays these series. The curator of the exhibition was Mikhail Slobodinskiy.[24]

In 2018, «Spectrum of Life» was exhibited in The Jewish Museum in Eisenstadt in Austria.[15][25][26][27]

Critical responses[edit]

Among curators and art collectors and others in the art world, Aizenshtat’ work received a positive response.[28][29][6]

Irina Antonova - President of the Pushkin Museum is a staunch supporter, labelling Aizenshtat a genius,[29] she said that "in the history of world art, every stage had prominent artists, who cannot be compared. Alexander Aizenshtat does not follow somebody's school, but creates a world of his own."[28]

The Doctor of Fine Arts and academician at RAKh Alexander Yakimovich claims that the works of Alexander Aizenshtat's resemble those of Rembrandt in the force of impact and the profundity of artistic images. In his article for «Collection. Art and Culture» Journal, he states that Aizenshtat is an "enigmatic artist, who never fails to amaze."[30]

Andrey Tolstoy, Director of the Research Institute of Theory and History of Fine Arts of the Russian Academy of Arts (RAKh) noted that "Alexander is a man with a gift of genius, having all the abilities of painting, coloring, and composition."[31]

Professor Andrey Lvovich Yurganov recognised Alexander Aizenshtat as the founder of a new movement in world fine arts - metaphysical expressionism.[1]


Alexander Aizenshtat maintains good communication with many famous galleries including the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, MMMA, Tretyakov Gallery and famous people art world, such as the president of The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Art, Msr. Irina Antonova,[31] director of the Tretyakov Gallery, Zelfira Ismailovna Tregulova and others. January 10, 2016, as part of a CER dinner,[32] Mikhail Fridman together with the London Jewish community presented a series of lithographs "Jewish Family" of Alexander Aizenshtat to the former president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy.[33]


Alexander Aizenshtat's works are in Moscow Museum of Modern Art[34][1] and in private collections throughout the world, including Aaron Frenkel, David Nahmad, Nicolas Sarkozy, Dmitry Medvedev and the Prince of Monaco, Albert II.[33]


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  2. ^ "Академический модернизм. Александр Айзенштат". www.risunoc.com. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  3. ^ a b "Александр Айзенштат: "Мир такой, какой он есть" - Бизнес России". Бизнес России (in Russian). 2017-09-14. Archived from the original on 2018-08-28. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  4. ^ EHRMANN, Thierry. "Alexander AIZENSHTAT (1951) : Auction sales, auction prices, indices and biography of Alexander AIZENSHTAT - Artprice.com". www.artprice.com. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  5. ^ "В московском офисе БКС Ультима открылась выставка Александр Айзенштат: Вдохновленное искусство". ultimabank.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  6. ^ a b "Art of Alexander Aizenshtat". JEvents - афиша еврейских событий (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  7. ^ "Aizenshtat | ArtKabinett". artkabinett.com. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  8. ^ "Frida Fine Arts Gallery - Александр Айзенштат". www.frida-finearts.eu. Archived from the original on 2018-08-28. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  9. ^ "С 3 августа по 2 сентября в Музее М. А. Булгакова пройдет выставка работ художника Александра Айзенштата "Желтые цветы". — Музей Михаила Булгакова". bulgakovmuseum.ru. Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  10. ^ "С 3 августа в Музее М. А. Булгакова пройдет выставка работ художника Александра Айзенштата "Желтые цветы". — Музей Михаила Булгакова". bulgakovmuseum.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  11. ^ Галерея на Чистых Прудах (2012-04-08), Александр Айзенштат. Живопись, retrieved 2016-07-01
  12. ^ "Галерея на Чистых прудах — Александр Айзенштат. Живопись". cleargallery.ru. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  13. ^ "Александр Айзенштат. Выставка-показ - Архив - Государственный музей изобразительных искусств им. А.С.Пушкина". www.arts-museum.ru. Retrieved 2016-07-01.
  14. ^ "Александр Айзенштат. Выставка-показ - Архив - Государственный музей изобразительных искусств им. А.С.Пушкина". www.arts-museum.ru. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  15. ^ a b "Neusiedler See - Ausstellung mit Bildern von Alexander Aizenshtat". info.illmitz.co.at (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  16. ^ "Художник Александр Айзенштат: "Часы и бриллианты — это промтовар"". Рамблер/развлечения (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  17. ^ "Александр Айзенштат - выставка в Третьяковской галерее". YouTube.
  18. ^ "Художник Александр Айзенштат о подобии искусства | ForbesLife | Forbes.ru". www.forbes.ru. 13 July 2017. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  19. ^ "Художник Александр Айзенштат о подобии искусства. Фото | ForbesLife | Forbes.ru". www.forbes.ru. 13 July 2017. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  20. ^ Alexander Aizenshtat (2017-02-19), Alexander Aizenshtat's exhibition in Tretyakov gallery. 2 november 2016, retrieved 2018-08-28
  21. ^ Alexander Aizenshtat (2016-11-23), Александр Айзенштат - выставка в Третьяковской галерее, retrieved 2018-08-28
  22. ^ Alexander Aizenshtat (2017-02-19), Spectrum of the life - Alexander Aizenshtat's exhibition in Christie's Moscow., retrieved 2018-08-28
  23. ^ Villarreal, Ignacio. "Reclusive Artist Alexander Aizenshtat Exhibits at Moscow Museum of Modern Art". artdaily.com. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  24. ^ Масленникова, Мария (2017-07-26). "Анатолий Чубайс пригласил Ирину Антонову в "Роснано" - Finbuzz.ru". Finbuzz.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  25. ^ "Meir Eisenstadt and Alexander Aizenshtat - we invite you ..." Retrieved 2018-08-28.[permanent dead link]
  26. ^ "Eisenstadt Amtsblatt - Juli 2018". Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  27. ^ "Eisenstadt: Gedenken an Rabbi Meir" (in German). 2018-06-11. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  28. ^ a b Alexander Aizenshtat (2016-04-08), Ирина Антонова (президент ГМИИ им А.С. Пушкина) о художнике Александре Айзенштат, retrieved 2018-08-28
  29. ^ a b Alexander Aizenshtat (2017-02-25), Irina Antonova talks about Alexander Aizenshat's arts, retrieved 2018-08-28
  30. ^ «Collection. Art and Culture» Journal. "Журнал "Собрание"". «Collection. Art and Culture» Journal.
  31. ^ a b Alexander Aizenshtat (2016-04-08), Выступление Ирины Антоновой на выставке-показе художника Александра Айзенштат, retrieved 2018-08-28
  32. ^ "The Chief Rabbi welcomes Nicolas Sarkozy to London - Office of the Chief Rabbi". 2016-01-11. Retrieved 2016-07-10.
  33. ^ a b "Sarkozy Dinner Party - Rafael Collection Aizenshtat Prize - The Rafael Collection". Archived from the original on 2016-07-17. Retrieved 2016-07-17.
  34. ^ "АЛЕКСАНДР АЙЗЕНШТАТ: "Художник — это ремесленник!" | Журнал "Москва-Ерушалаим"". www.moscow-jerusalem.ru (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2018-08-28. Retrieved 2018-08-28.

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