Tales of two cities
Curated by: Astrid Peterle, Natalia Petrova, Simon Mraz
Zenita Komad. Photo with Erased Faces. Memorial Society archive collection
Haim Sokol. Every bullet you shoot at us becomes a letter, 2014. Installation, lead letters, handmade paper, print, wood, video, poem. Courtesy artist
Date: September 16 — October 5, 2014
Venue: 10 Gogolevsky blvd

Artists: Olga Jitlina, Zenita Komad, Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair, Haim Sokol, Hans Weigand, Alisa Yoffe
Idea: Danielle Spera, Irina Scherbakova, Simon Mraz

Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents an exhibition „Tales of two cities“ organised in cooperation with an international historical-educational society“Memorial”, Jewish Museum Vienna and Austrian Cultural Forum Moscow as a part of the Austrian season of culture 2013/14. Human Rights Society “Memorial” in Moscow and Jewish Museum Vienna have a significant collection of artefacts that represent important historical documents. Lots of them are related to repressions and society marginalization and have often a personal character as they are connected to destinies of particular people. However, a visitor will not observe any original items or artefacts; the latter served only as a basis for creating new pieces of art. As a result six artists from Russia and Austria will present their works in Moscow and Vienna. The concept of the exhibition is built on a “confrotation” of two cities (Vienna is represented by Zenita Komad, Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair, Hans Weigand,Moscow - Olga Jitlina, Haim Sokol, Alisa Yoffe). This “confrotation” inspired the artists to create their own works of art that on one side reflect the past and stories of these museum artefacts, on the other side develop their own new stories. As a result of this past and present collision the art is born.The central point of the project is “memorabilia” – historical items that belong to different people and eras. They represent remarkable exhibits – donations, gifts, inheritance which origin is as astonishing as they themselves. Their specific is also emphasized by the fact that most of them wouldn’t represent any significant historical value on a first glance and could be easily left without any attention.The meaning of these objects lie primarily in the stories related to them. A surface examination of a particular object is not enough for understanding whetherit belongs to Vienna or Moscow history, only a closer look at it will open up a curtain to the tales of two cities…

 
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