Moscow City Government
Moscow City Department of Culture
Russian Academy of Arts
Moscow Museum of Modern Art
TATIANA NAZARENKO. FUTURE IN THE PAST
Дедушкины письма. Из серии «Фамильный альбом»
Положение во гроб
Цирк на площади
Date: February 21 — July 19, 2020
Venue: MMOMA, 10 Gogolevsky Boulevard
Curators: Liudmila Andreeva, Anna Arutyunyan, Andrey Egorov
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents a solo exhibition by Tatiana Nazarenko titled «Future in the Past». The exhibition’s core consists of Nazarenko’s paintings of the 2000s-2010s, in which she continues to study «difficult» topics that are crucial for her entire artistic career: inescapable loneliness, a feeling of being helpless in front of history, the burden of traumatic memories, and the lack of understanding between people caught up in a swirl of social masquerade.
The works presented at the exhibition (some are shown to the public for the first time) include the images of war filled with drama and anxiety, multi-figured scenes of everyday meal, phantasmagoric «red» paintings, interpreting the archetypal image of women’s power, non-canonical biblical compositions, and an extensive series «Family Album», on which the artist has been working closely for the past time. It brings together paintings, graphic works and objects through which the artist restores the lost family memory.
The exhibition is complemented by the renown plywood figures from the «Underpass» project from the mid-1990s and installations both previously shown («Moscow Table») and created specially for the show. The artist’s important works from the late 1970s-2000s from the collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery («The Decembrists. Revolt of the Chernigov Regiment», «The Studio» and «Pugachev») are presented as part of a special section.
The exhibition unfolds not retrospectively but rather as a narrative with multiple story lines. The starting point of the exhibition’s narrative, literally the entry to and the exit from the exhibition, is the image of the artist’s studio, the place where she works and in a broader sense — the space of memory, a mental interior. The first hall features a well-known painting from the State Tretyakov Gallery collection, depicting the interior of a workshop in Bryusov Lane, and the last section of the exhibition presents objects and artifacts that allude to Tatiana Nazarenko’s childhood.
About the artist
Tatyana Nazarenko (born 1944) is Academician of the Russian Academy of Arts, a legendary artist in the late Soviet and contemporary Russian art. Nazarenko graduated from the Moscow State Academic Art Institute named after V.I. Surikov and has served as a professor there. She has embarked on her career as a painter together with the artists of the seventies and continues to work actively to the present day.
The exhibition at MMOMA on Gogolevsky Boulevard is Nazarenko’s first exhibition since 2004 who shares her time between Moscow and Zurich.