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Arts Calendar / March 1 / Exhibitions
Alexander Dashevsky. Die Schere im Kopf
In collaboration with the Triumph Gallery, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art proudly announces Die Schere im Kopf, an exhibition by Alexander Dashevsky that will bring together works by the artist created throughout his career including recent ones, such as paintings, graphics, and objects. The formal basis of the project is a reflection on memory and various forms of memorialization, their complexity, and ambiguity. The exhibition is built on the principle of double reading and resembles a sequence of stages of accepting loss. In the context of the exhibition, bereavement is not just a metaphor, but also a formal technical device: it appears both in the works themselves and in the exhibition space. Missing fragments of works, images of lost details, missing or erased parts of texts — all this leads the viewer to believe that something is understated and suggests an alternative reading of the dramaturgy of the project. The ambivalent construction of the exhibition becomes somewhat of a puzzle, and by solving it, the viewer can discover a number of different answers.
Moscow Museum of Modern Art on Gogolevsky bulv 
Frida. Viva la vida!
Frida Kahlo's life and work have been inspiring the world for decades. Among artists, she was a champion for overcoming personal tragedies and disappointments. Frida's story is "two big accidents: one when the bus hit the streetcar, the other when Diego Rivera hit it," 33 surgeries and 145 paintings. Most of her work is self-portraits. "Sometimes I ask myself, weren't my paintings more works of literature than paintings? They were a kind of diary, a correspondence that I kept all my life. I was deprived of three children and much else to fill my nightmarish life. My art is the most complete biography I could write," Frida confessed in her diary." The artist used her talent to portray her own experiences, facing challenges that would probably have broken someone less resilient. Her paintings, full of symbols and allegories, rooted deep in Mexican tradition, mythology, and Buddhism, mainly draw the viewer's attention to the artist's physical condition and to her relationship with her husband Diego, rich in infidelity and breakups. Frida's work - in form reminiscent of naive art with hints of surrealism - has become the embodiment of Mexican folk art, fashion and women's freedom, with the result that the artist has been made an icon of feminism.
Artplay na Yauze 
Kaleidoscope of Collections. Rarities of the Museum Collection
The Museum of Contemporary History of Russia collection (former the Museum of the Revolution of the USSR) was formed under the influence of the events taking place in the state. Initially, the museum was created as the museum of the revolutionary and democratic movement, and it saw its main tasks as showing the glorious revolutionary past, the chanting of the fighters against the autocracy, the story about the history of the CPSU (b). However, from the very first days, the museum began to receive not only documentary materials, but also the material relics. The museum actively complicated propaganda porcelain, art lacquers, metal and glass objects symbolizing the struggle of the working class for the fair world. When completing art collections, the plot has always been very important for the museum — the historical event reflected in the particular work, the disclosure of the surrounding life actual themes by artistic means. Thus, the collection of decorative and applied arts was gradually formed. The Museum of the Revolution storages were actively replenished with the gifts from the Soviet and foreign delegations to leaders of the state, prominent political and economic figures of the country, as well as with the products made in the single copy for the opening of various congresses and party conferences. Despite the fact that these items were created by the best masters of their time, not all of them could be exhibited in the permanent exhibition. In different years, the museum staff found many ways to show art relics to visitors: these were exhibitions of gifts, and visible storage of museum collections, and, finally, the exhibition that you see now — “Kaleidoscope of Collections. Rarities of the Museum Collection”.
Museum of Contemporary History of Russia 
Korea and the Armoury Chamber: The History of the Coronation Gift to the Last Emperor
The Moscow Kremlin Museums are introducing the exhibition on the history of the gifts presented by the Extraordinary Korean Embassy to Emperor Nicholas II on the occasion of his coronation in 1896. The visit of the Korean delegation to the solemn ceremony earned a special place in the history of Korea, as it was the first mission by officials of this then 'closed' country to Europe. However, it was took place in difficult political circumstances caused by Japan's intervention in Korea, in which Russia was providing substantial assistance to the monarch of Korea Gojong. On display are five remarkable works by Korean masters: a two-section black-lacquered chest of 'Nong' type, two incense burners and two scrolls painted by Jang Seung-eop (1843-1897), known by his pseudonym Owon, who was one of the most distinguished Korean artists of the late 19th century. These pieces are a vivid example of Russian-Korean cooperation and mutual assistance. The works presented on display have an important historical and cultural significance, an undoubted artistic merit, and are a rarity in Russian museum collections.
Moscow Kremlin Museums 
Leonardo da Vinci. Enigma of the Genius
In 2019, the whole world widely celebrated the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, the greatest Italian artist and inventor, one of the most significant representatives of the Renaissance art. On this occasion, the artist’s legacy is undergoing a real renaissance. Museums organize exhibitions of his oeuvres, and scientists publish new studies, trying to fully comprehend the entire breadth of his creations. Multimedia exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci. Enigma of the Genius” will become a part of a worldwide program dedicated to the memory of the master. Thanks to Cinema 360 technology, at the immersive exhibition in Artplay Media, viewers will have the opportunity to view all of Leonardo's most important masterpieces (The Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, The Savior, The Baptism, The Lady with the Ermine, etc.) in great detail and understand that even five centuries after his death, the brilliant creator and seer, scientist, artist and inventor is still in no hurry to reveal his enigma.
Artplay na Yauze 
Yuri Kuper. Monochrome
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art together with the Sfumato studio is happy to present a solo exhibition of Yuri Kuper, an internationally acknowledged artist. The exhibition is arranged as a journey into the author’s world and demonstrates the full range of Kuper’s creative personas: painter, graphic artist, sculptor, designer, and theater artist. The title of the exhibition Monochrome expresses the philosophy of the artist, who appreciates the subtlety of images and muffles the sound of the colors. They should not distract from the meaning of the painted objects. The artist’s works are similar to old photographs. His images convey the illusion of reality, just as photographs. At the same time, they have a special aura of time and the palpable breath of the past. Yuri Kuper is known as the author of exquisite still life with the simplest things: the tools of painting and carpentry, a chair, an apple, a flower, and a blade of grass. All these objects, carefully examined and painstakingly portrayed on the canvas, are heroes of the author’s distinctive aesthetic universe. The author claims that his world has «the ideal proportion of poverty and shabby luxury». At the entrance, the viewer will see a photographic reconstruction of the digital projection Front Door. It introduces an old house that has lost its noble owners and has been given over to communal life. The image of the «communal apartment» is one of the author’s paradoxically happy memories and the source of a unique perspective on things, a special visuality of Kuper’s paintings with their silvery-smoky coloring.
Moscow Museum of Modern Art on Gogolevsky bulv 
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