TIMELESS LANDSCAPE, CHANGING LANDSCAPE
From the collection of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art
Франциско Инфанте (р. 1943) Артефакт из серии «Аппликации». 1993.
Фотобумага, сибахром. 50,5 х 50,5 см
Вячеслав Колейчук (1941-2018) Из серии «Утро на Ветлуге». 1987.
Бумага, печать, коллаж. 42 х 55 см
Дамир Муратов (р. 1967) «Олени на Луне». 2005-14.
Печать на ткани, вышивка. 90 х 130 см
Татьяна Назаренко (р. 1944) «Бухта острова Шикотан». 1975.
Холст, масло. 65 х 70 см
Владимир Потапов (р. 1980) «Сохранить изменения». 2009.
Холст на пенокартоне, масло, печать, коллаж. 90 х 70 см
Date: July 11, 2019 — September 1, 2019
Venue: Magadan Regional Museum of Local Lore
Curators: Katerina Zaytseva, Vladimir Prokhorov
Architecture: Masterskaya Be
Moscow Museum of Modern Art, together with the festival-school TERRITORY and gold mining company Polyus, presents an exhibition dedicated to the landscape in Russian art of the 20th and 21st century. Combining epochs and art movements the project in Magadan Regional Museum of Local Lore gives an opportunity to see this seemingly «neutral» genre as a precise instrument of artistic interpretations given to the natural and social spaces. «Timeless Landscape, Changing Landscape» demonstrates viewers a certain part of the MMOMA’s collection viewed through the lenses of one genre, landscape, and refracted in masterpieces of contemporary artists. The exhibition is a part of the festival Territory. Magadan.
Eternal Landscape, Changing Landscape project prepared by the MMOMA curators includes three logical parts: Tradition, Transformations, and Fata Morgana. All three parts focus on the natural and urban environment as a key object for artistic reflection but the object takes different meanings. An artist performs either as a fascinated viewer, an author of the new codes for the outward things and as a visionary and a foreseer. Artworks by different artists from the MMOMA collection become a specific guide on the landscape as a genre, and the selected works and unique geological showpieces of the vast Magadan Regional Museum of Local Lore collection support them.
The classical landscape at the exhibition is represented by Appolinary Vasnetsov’s student and participant of the Blue Rose Exhibition (1907) Nikolay Krymov, an outstanding landscape painter of the first part of the 20th century. Jury Zhdanov’s painting Rain. Bolshaya Dorgomilovskaya Street embodies the post-war art and introduces viewers to the life of the Russian capital in the times of the Khrushchev Thaw. The unofficial movement opposed to the Soviet officiality is represented in a series of artifacts by Francisco Infante: in cooperation with his wife Nonna Gorunova the artists created installations in natural sceneries. The outside hand-made objects are so delicately integrated into the natural sceneries that the viewers, at first sight, find it difficult to understand how this whimsical landscape has been created. The exhibition includes two series of artifacts: Gemoetrical Horizons (1992) and Near in Far, Far in Near (1997). In both series, the artist depicts the Crimean and Spanish nature.
The Actual Art Scene in Russia is represented at the exhibition by Kandinsky Prize nominee Vladimir Potapov. His artwork Save changes? attracts by a paradoxical collision of classical painting with Windows operational system interface. The artist lets a system message appear in front of his painting, in this case, scenery. This artistic move reminds ones about the illusory nature of paintings and makes the others look for a computer mouse amused by the second-order illusion.
Masterpieces from the funds of Magadan Regional Museum of Local Lore also take part in the exhibition. The artwork by Kirill Shebeko is dedicated to unreal fantastic landscapes of imaginary worlds: the painting represents the famous Northern Pole polar station. This symbolic composition stands for the metaphysic nature of the Far North. The artist transforms the polar base into a fabulous kingdom of the cold covered by ice and snow.
Eternal Landscape, Changing Landscape project is the first attempt by the MMOMA to investigate major art genres and movements on the basis of its collection.
Polyus. Golden Season Competition aims to support the social environment in the regions of company’s presence by means of repertory theatre and national theater school. The competition takes place since 2016 among theater crews in four regions: Krasnoyarsk Krai, The Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Irkutsk and Magadan Region.
International festival of contemporary art TERRITORY is the only internationally acknowledged school-festival in Russia. The main goal of the festival-school TERRITORY is to unify professionals of theater, dance, fine and music art and creation of the show, which would acquaint visitors with the most relevant performing arts of different genres. Every year the festival invites to Moscow 50 young actors, directors, musicians, choreographers, artists and art-managers based on the competition. They take part in an educational program organized for them specifically. Through the 13-year history of the festival, its students have visited lectures and workshops by such directors as Jan Fabre, Declan Donnellan, Thomas Ostermeier, Josef Nadj, Dmitry Krymov, Lev Dodin, Alexey Gehrman Jr and many others. The art-directorate of the festival includes the most prominent personalities in the sphere of modern art and initiators of the newest cultural initiatives: Evgeniy Mironov, Roman Dolzhansky, Vasily Tsereteli, Kirill Serebrennikov, and Chulpan Khamatova.
Moscow Museum of Modern Art is the first state museum in Russia that concentrates its activities exclusively on the art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Founded in 1999, today MMOMA is one of the most active participants of the Russian art life and encompasses seven splendid exhibition venues. Six venues are located in the historic centre of Moscow within the Garden Ring and Vadim Sidur Museum is located in Perovo. The exposition of the latter is completely translated into braille. The museum collection represents the main stages in the development of avant-garde, with a specific focus on Russia. The museum conducts more than 70 projects of various scale yearly, from debut exhibits of the amateur authors and conceptual expositions to international festivals and prominent artists’ retrospectives. MMOMA’s priorities also cover education in the sphere of art, supporting young artists, its own publishing program and development of inclusive projects.
PJSC Polyus is the largest gold producer in Russia and a top 10 gold producer globally in terms of the production volumes. According to the report on ore reserves and mineral resources for 2017 Polyus takes the second place among the largest gold mining companies in the world in terms of its share of reserves and resources. The group’s main production facilities are located in Krasnoyarsk Krai, The Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Irkutsk and Magadan Region.