Vasily Vlasov, Mikhail Pogarsky. On the Path of Gumilev
Boards of wandering.Collage, 60x80 cm. 2018
Places of stay. Oil on canvas, earth, 40х50 cm. 2017
Ritual masks. From the Elena Suslova-Averyanova collection.
Transfomation. Texts. Acrylic, сanvas, mixed technique,150х95 cm. 2018
Hut-screen or home cinema. Collage, 60x60x60 cm .2018
Date: December 13, 2018 — February 17, 2019
Venue: MMOMA, Gogolevsky boulevard, 10/2

The Moscow Museum of Modern Art and the AVC Charity Foundation present On the Path of Gumilev, an interdisciplinary project by Vasily Vlasov and Mikhail Pogarsky, bringing together visual art, literature, geopoetics, history and ethnography.

The exhibition dwells on the eponymous art expedition to Ethiopia that the artists Vasily Vlasov and Mikhail Pogarsky embarked on in April 2017. The authors claim to have invented a new art form, the said art expedition, wherein adventurers go in search of not so much artifacts but, first of all, artistic impressions. The project deals with new methods to operate space, memory, art genres and the heritage of Nikolay Gumilev, a poet, translator and explorer of Africa. Repeating the itinerary of Gumilev’s many-time wandering across the African continent, the artists rediscover the magical land, develop and transform the poet’s ideas, inviting the viewers to take part in their journey.

On the Path of Gumilev is the first exhibition in Vasily Vlasov and Mikhail Pogarsky’s programme The Artist and Poet’s Book that focuses on the concept of interaction and seeks to establish an atemporal dialogue with great Russian poets through the new artistic media. It is also the second project in the Artist’s Book series. The display is comprised of 16 thematic sections exploring the cultural, geographical and social aspects of the far-away land, its change in time, as well as presenting and examining Gumilev’s own oeuvres. Thus, in the Metamorphoses section the artists plunge into a new world, playing different roles: Architect, Muezzin, Hyena, Sycamore, Giraffe and Wind, whereas the Boards of Wandering series brings together artefacts collected in Ethiopia, including the dust of Addis-Ababa, and frottages of windows of Arthur Rimbaud’s Museum, thus producing new meanings and geoaesthetics, being the result of combining artistic and poetical visions.

The visitors will see a large-scale installation comprised of ethnographical objects, historical photos, poetry, paintings, stylized wooden, metal and plastic objects, expedition diary and other extraordinary findings. Two volumes are published to accompany the exhibition — the catalogue comprising the exhibits’ reproductions and the artists’ texts featuring the concepts of each work on display and another book giving a thorough account of both the art expedition and the history of exploration of Ethiopia.

The Moscow museum of modern art team is grateful to the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (the Kunstkamera), the Russian Academy of Sciences and personally to Efim Anatolyevich Rezvan for providing archival materials for this exhibition.

About the artists:

Vasili Vlasov (*1953) is an artist, curator of all-Russia and international exhibitions of the Artist’s Book international union, editor and publisher of the catalogues of the Artist’s Book exhibitions, participant of more than 250 exhibitions, including the group exhibition BIrds and figIRes, being a collaborative effort of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the State Museum of Vladimir Mayakovsky and the AVC Charity Foundation (2016). He has his works in the collections of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, the State Russian Museum, the State Museum of Vladimir Mayakovsky, Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven, Netherlands), the Ludwig Museum (Cologne, Germany) and others.

Mikhail Pogarsky (*1963) is an artist, Ph.D. in Science, writer, curator of international projects and exhibitions, author of more than 60 books, as well as of multiple research articles in science and cultural anthropology. He is the chief editor and publisher of the magazine Triangular Wheel, as well as a participant of many group and solo exhibition. He has his works in the collections of the State Museum of Vladimir Mayakovsky, the State Literary Museum, the State Russian Art Library, the Alexandrian Library (Egypt), the Tate Gallery (London, United Kingdom), Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven, Netherlands) and others.

About the AVC Charity Foundation

As established in 2008 by Andrey Cheglakov, Russian scientist, businessman and art collector, the AVC Charity Foundation for the Support of Cultural Programs provides not only financial support to a variety of programs but initiates its own music, art and publishing projects. The AVC Charity Foundation is a Patron of the MMOMA Educational Centre and a partner of numerous MMOMA exhibitions, such as Vladimir Yankilevsky. Mystery of Being, Mikhail Karasik. Constructivism and Other Things, Vladimir Nemukhin. Facets of Formalism (2015) and others.


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