However, the art of the Cooper, the poor will not be called. Not only because of Yuri Cooper – one of the most successful authors, who can boast of exhibitions in famous galleries of the Old and the New world (for Florence work gave the Swiss gallery Patrick Cramer (Geneva) and the Moscow collector Inna Khegay, Olga Shepelsky and Andrey Efremov), but also in museums, including the Pushkin Museum. Of A. S. Pushkin. Old hammers, brushes, scrapers and tubes of paint on his canvases painted in almost monochrome palette, dominated by silver of all the shades, leave the impression of monumental grandeur. These things in themselves, whose integrity makes them not so much expressive of “ruins”, keeping the memory of the past, as in the characters “old”. Unlike the Arte Povera artists, Cooper avoids any references not only to social issues, but in General to the present. Moreover, the present for him extends far enough until the early twentieth century at least, judging by his interview in different years, it is still distanciruemsa and from the avant-garde, and conceptual art.

in addition to painting, which he loves passionately, and graphics (for the “Book of job” and “Ecclesiastes”, the artist made illustrations and cover), Cooper works a lot in theatre. And very successfully. He was nominated for a Golden mask as artistic Director of the Opera “Boris Godunov,” which in 2007 has put in the Bolshoi theatre Alexander Sokurov. With Director Sokurov Yuri Cooper worked on the film “the Sun”: made sketches of the air battles and the bombing of Tokyo, for the computer team of the film.

External austerity of his theatrical projects is deceptive. For example, the setting of Nikita Mikhalkov’s “unfinished piece for mechanical piano” in the Roman Teatro Argentina in 1988, where Yuri Cooper was an artist, pulled in blockbuster films.

From design shows to interior design not one step. But Cooper passed this way rapidly. Among his most famous projects – the interiors of the Sretensky monastery on the Lubyanka created in 2012. Exhibition at the Academy of fine arts in Florence allows you to see the metamorphosis of the artistic language of one of the artist, equally confidently feels in new York, tel Aviv, London, Paris, Moscow.