Against the sunset, a man in blue is clutching his head in his hands. His bead eyes are pointed off into the distance. The mouth froze in a scream, but it was impossible to understand what caused it. In the distance are two more figures in blue, but their poses do not express anything concrete - they are only silent observers of this tantrum.
About the task of the project The task of the Russian Palimpsest project, which I have been working on for five years, is to create a catalog of archetypes that make up our urban environment. It is urban. I didn’t shoot specifically in villages, but only in cities and suburbs, on the basis of the sociological fact that more than 70% of Russia's population are urban residents.
About the Laboratory of Urban Fauna The Laboratory of Urban Fauna, or LGF, is more likely not an art group, but an interdisciplinary platform for artists, scientists, architects and everyone who is interested in the relationship between people and animals in the city. Ideally, LGF should work as a self-organizing institution that helps implement various projects, including independent research, data collection and the production of art in public space.
Lars Nittwe is a Swedish museum director, curator and art critic who has directed such iconic institutions of the world of contemporary art as Tate Modern in London, Moderna Museet in Stockholm and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art near Copenhagen. Until recently, he worked as the Executive Director of the Hong Kong M + Museum, which is due to open in 2019 and become an important point on the Asian art map.
The Russian Innovation Prize in the field of contemporary art is awarded each year in several categories by the State Center for Contemporary Art. It is often accompanied by scandals, and the structure has been criticized for a long time. This year, it seems, the biggest scandal in the history of Innovation has occurred. Before the meeting of the expert council, which, upon consideration of the applications, announces the nominees for the award, the director of the NCCA Mikhail Mindlin announced that in any case, the resonant work of Peter Pavlensky “Threat” was removed from the competition - in November 2015, the artist set fire to the door of the FSB building in Lubyanka.
Until September 9, the Garage Museum of Modern Art runs an exhibition of like-minded people. The project was prepared by the curators of the inclusive program of the museum, teaming up with four people with different types of disabilities. The latter participated in the selection of works from the personal collections of Russian collectors and made proposals for exhibition and architectural solutions that should help viewers with disabilities get acquainted with the exhibition.
A hotel was opened in MMOMA on Gogolevsky Boulevard: in two buildings, single and double rooms appeared, as well as a boiler room and a prayer room. In the numbers, mushrooms talk about communism, a film is broadcast on the dramatic relationship between the atoms based on "Sex and the City", and various molds bloom in the flasks.
The yard of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts is not recognizable - at the entrance there was a mountain of prams through which birches grow. The reason: on September 13, the Pushkin Museum opened the first exhibition in Russia by Tsai Gotsyan, combining the gigantic installation "October", inspired by the 100th anniversary of the 1917 revolution, and the key powder painting for the artist.
On September 22, 23 and September 24, the IV International Festival of Mezzo Tinto, a rare engraving technique, has been working at the Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts, in which 99 artists from 33 countries and seven hundred of their works take part. The artists will present some of the engravings to the museum - for example, Moroccan Hashmi Azza, representing Belgium, will do so.
Until May 1, an exhibition of the Krasnodar art group "ZIP" is open at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. This is a retrospective of seven years of collective creativity of four artists - the brothers Vasily and Stepan Subbotin, Evgeny Rimkevich and Eldar Ganeev. Stepan Subbotin conducted a personal tour for the author of Life around Natalia Nosova.
The Manege Central Exhibition Hall in St. Petersburg together with the Paris Charraudeau Gallery opened a street exhibition called Jean Prouve. Constructor. At the western facade of the museum, in the park on Yakubovich Street, the original designer house of the French architect and designer Jean Prouve was installed. Life around talks about the creative path of the French architectural classic and explains why its plain-looking building, reminiscent of a country cottage, is a miracle of engineering.
On June 6, 2016, artist Catherine Nenasheva launched the “Punishment” campaign, during which she walks around Moscow for 21 days with a hospital bed tied to her back. That is how long the forced imprisonment in orphanages lasts in a psychiatric hospital. They are sent to mental hospitals as punishment.
July 15 in the center of contemporary art "Winery" will be the Festival of Russian Modern Art, or simply "Form". The program of the event includes electronic and guitar scenes, various types of performative physical activity and an exhibition of short pieces of seven words “7X7”, which will be located in the Large Wine Storage.
On September 29, on Friday, the exhibition "Clairvoyants of the future. Russian avant-garde of the 1910-1920s from museum collections" will open at the Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts. On all two floors of the museum, all directions of the Russian avant-garde from neo-primitivism to suprematism, as well as posters, posters, futuristic books and design objects, were collected.
On October 24, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts opens the first major exhibition in Russia by Chaim Soutine, a contemporary of Picasso and Modigliani, a restless and expressive artist, author of disturbing and disproportionate paintings that influenced the work of Kooning, Rothko, Pollock and Bacon (whose works also included in the exposition of retrospectives).
Two days later, on November 18, the first Museum of Naive Art will open in Yekaterinburg. He occupied the two-story estate of the forester Kudrin on Rosa Luxemburg Street, 18. The first visitors will be able to look at the naive from 18:00, when all the sites of the Museum Evenings will open. Life around visited the estate just before the opening and tells what awaits the townspeople inside.
The exhibition "Zarya" opened an exhibition "The West is attached to the East or the tail is attached to the sofa" by the art tandem of Moscow artists Oleg Eliseev and Evgeny Kukoverov. The duet is called "EliKuka" - according to the first syllables of their surnames. From September 24 to November 12 they arrange a fun mess, offering to touch and rearrange the exhibits of their exhibition as part of the Vladivostok Biennale of Visual Arts.
In mid-November, the young Ekaterinburg gallery "Alvitr" celebrated its first year of work by gathering its main artists at the portfolio portfolio exhibition. Most of them work with the genre of painting - gallery owners explain the phenomenon of renewed interest in painting around the world. She, an actual painting, combines figurative and abstraction, explores new media and is puzzled by the issue of present and future images.
On November 16, in the New Tretyakov Gallery and the Jewish Museum and the Center for Tolerance, a two-part retrospective of the leading avant-garde artist El Lissitzky opened. And on November 24, a large-scale project "Kazimir Malevich. Not only the Black Square" starts in the "Worker and Collective Farm Girl". Both exhibitions will show both blockbusters and works not known to the general public from Russian and foreign collections.
On January 23, the Garage Museum opened an exhibition about Sotheby's first and currently only auction held in Moscow. The exhibition uses a variety of materials recreating the events of 1988: from photo and video documentation to the VR-installation of the auction hall in the format of 360 degrees. Also at the exhibition you can see some of the works sold.
In Vladivostok, a street artist from Nizhny Novgorod Nikita Nomerz came to become a member of the Zarya Art Center. Nomerz is known for its Live Wall series, which was noted by foreign media, while Nikita himself participated in international projects in China, Thailand, Spain and the UAE. He also organized the street art festival "Place" in Nizhny Novgorod, where he showed his film "Open" about street artists in Russia.