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Arts Calendar / September 23 / Exhibitions
Allora & Calzadilla. Graft
The Puerto-Rico-based duo Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla present their first major solo project in Russia as part of the Garage Square Commission series. Visitors to the park and the Museum will have the unique opportunity to witness the phantom blooming of Roble Amarillo trees (Tabebuia chrysantha), a common native species in the Caribbean. Recreating the delicate yellow flowers of these tropical trees, thousands of artificial blossoms will remain scattered across Garage Square throughout the summer and winter as an enduring reminder of the increasingly rapid disappearance of the planet’s biodiversity. By using an approach that is both poetic and scientific, Allora & Calzadilla create a boundary-transcending installation that provokes a subtle yet powerful visualization of the ecological crisis which we must all collectively confront. In Graft, tropical tree flowers, scattered under the trees on Garage square become phantoms of fallen trees from an elsewhere that haunt the place where they now are present. The uncanny way in which the blossoms appear as both plausible and out of place becomes a potent harbinger for the changing environments that we have created.
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art  
Collection of Fondation Louis Vuitton: Selected Works
This event is a new chapter in the development of relations between The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and the Fondation Louis Vuitton. Cooperation began with Keys to a Passion and Icons of Modern Art: The Shchukin Collection, exhibitions held with great success by the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris (2015-2017). In the continuation of those exchanges, in summer 2019, Gallery of 19th and 20th Century European and American Art at The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts will present a selection of works from the Collection of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, from Alberto Giacometti, Yves Klein, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol to Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Christian Boltanski, Marina Abramović, Maurizio Cattelan, Andreas Gursky and others. The exhibition of the Collection of the Fondation Louis Vuitton will coincide with a large-scale exhibition dedicated to the Shchukin brothers in the main building of the museum. These two prominent collections will help visitors trace the similarities and differences in collectors’ approaches and the evolution of collecting contemporary art from the early 20th to the early 21st centuries.
Gallery of European and American Art of XX-XIX Century 
Guardians of Time. Conservation at the Moscow Kremlin Museums
This exhibition is dedicated to the work of the museum Conservation Studios over the last five years. The collection of the Moscow Kremlin Museums comprises unique historical and cultural art pieces. It would be impossible to preserve and put them on display without regular painstaking work of the conservators which is now an essential part of the museum life. On display will be unique pieces — state regalia, objects which belonged to the monarchs, ceremonial arms, ancient icons and magnificent jewels made by Russian and West-European masters. Those items were restored by highly professional conservators specializing in metal, fabric, paper, tempera and oil art. Their work made it possible not just to remove patina from a museum piece, but also give it a second life, return almost completely lost appearance, discover its author’s name, put an item into a historical context — associate it with an eminent personality or a significant historical event.
Moscow Kremlin Museums 
Harry Benson: The Beatles and More
The Lumière Brothers Photography Centre presents Russia's first exhibition of photojournalist Harry Benson. He captures US presidents, from Dwight Eisenhower to Barack Obama and Donald Trump. But the Beatles pictures made Benson really world-famous. Photos of the legendary Liverpool Four will be the exhibition's highlight. Benson worked with the band from 1964 till 1966, their most productive and successful period. Harry Benson followed them, shooting concerts in France, their first trip to the United States and a performance during extremely popular Ed Sullivan's show, the Netherlands and Denmark tour, work on the first film about the band 'The Beatles. Eight Days a Week'. The exhibition will display legendary pictures, including photos of the band members with 22-year-old Muhammad Ali and 'Pillow Fight' included in the TOP 100 Most Influential Images of All Time by Time magazine. After the first trip with the Beatles to the United States in 1964, Benson decided to stay there forever. Later he translated the whole era of American history into his photographs. He captured both the most important events (the murder of Robert Kennedy, civil rights marches) and outstanding personalities — politicians, musicians and athletes. The exhibition at the Photography Centre will display pictures taken by Harry Benson between the 1960s and the 1990s: the famous 'The Clintons Kiss', the dance of the Reagan couple, Arnold Schwarzenegger jumping out of the water. Benson's photos reflect Benson's nature, they are dynamic, emotional, full of smiles and humour.
Lumiere Brothers Photogallery 
Juan Genovés. Crowds
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art, in collaboration with the Marlborough Gallery, presents the first solo exhibition in Moscow of a Spanish artist Juan Genovés. The pictorial chronicler of the Modern period in Spanish history, he made a lasting impact on the Spanish art scene starting from the second half of the 20th century and up till now. The exhibition at the MMOMA will open as part of the annual international fair Cosmoscow. The project will feature about 90 works exploring the theme of crowd during different periods of Juan Genovés’s artistic journey: first, within the context of political struggle against the dictatorial regime of Francisco Franco (1960-70s), then through the transitional period that led to the establishment of Spanish democracy. The artist mostly works in painting, drawing and, since early 2000s, sculpture, equally experimenting with mixed media including some elements of collage and assemblage. Juan Genovés is a contemporary of the most cataclysmic and tragic events in the Spanish history of the 20th century.
Moscow Museum of Modern Art on Gogolevsky bulv 
Lee Jinju. Tilted
A new series «Tilted» by South Korean artist Lee Jinju was created specifically for her exhibition in Moscow. Lee Jinju is known for her subjective realism works or psycholandscapes that erase tenses and cease to divide the category of time into past, present, and future. In line with traditional Korean painting techniques, Lee Jinju uses unbleached cotton, powdered pigments, and animal skin glue to create compositions of varying complexity and scale. The features of her artistic style include focus on light, details, and scale: from close view to bird's eye view. Each work rests on a sophisticated scenario: the artist makes drawings of her memories, pictures of everyday life, imaginary things, takes photos of personal and found objects — be it a twig, pebbles, glass balls, or a pair of compasses — and then sets up a composition. Lee Jinju starts with her personal narrative and gradually fills it with associations that interact with each other. The exhibition is expected to display the artist's «workshop» with her sketches, photographs, and interviews. Many metaphors and symbols in her works help viewers find their own interpretations, while spacious proportions make us carefully consider every detail and build our own narrative. According to Lee Jinju, «in East Asian aesthetics, drawing every individual hair to capture the spirit within is known as “transmitting the spirit” or jeon-shin-sa-jo (傳神寫照)». For instance, she compares The Paths with East Asian handscrolls when the viewer's point of view moves in a sideways manner of temporality in a horizontally-long large-size work.
Triumph Gallery 
Matisse
The Gallery of European and American Art of the XIX – XX Centuries with the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. hold the largest exhibition of work by Henri Matisse, the head of the Fauves group and one of the key figures of the world art of the twentieth century. The basis of the collection, presented at the exhibition, consists of numerous paintings from the 1890s-1910s by the artist who “painted happiness.” In the early twentieth century, most of the paintings were collected and donated to the city by the customer and patron of the painter, an ardent admirer of the new French art, textile magnate Sergei Ivanovich Schukin, who collected a collection of world-class masterpieces. Henri Matisse - painter, graphic artist, sculptor, illustrator, decorator. At the end of the twentieth century, among the diversity of genres and concepts (classics, avant-garde, impressionism, academism, salon painting), he formulated his own creative concept of “emotions through simple means” and sought to create works of art that are understandable and accessible to anyone. The author declared: “I just want a tired person, looking at my painting, to taste rest and rest. Art should not bother and embarrass.” Visitors to the exhibition will be able to fully enjoy the luxury of rest among the bright, joyful and energetic canvases of the French painter.
Pushkin Fine Arts Museum 
Naturally Naked
The study and depiction of the human body has always been an important topic in art history, from the primitive forms of Venus of Willendorf to the erotic ornamental paintings of Gustav Klimt. Depiction of nudity with elements of eroticism, often ahead of the traditions and norms of its time, has invariably encountered problems with the repression of sexuality. Contemporary art, with its freedom to choose the method of representation, has focused on conceptual issues of the depiction of the human body. Modern conceptual painting and sculpture represent the human body as it is, not idealizing its image, but rather deliberately deforming, exaggerating and focusing on the imperfections inherent to real life. Against the backdrop of the rapid development of modern technologies, social networks, the media and options for self-expression, the human body is ceasing to be subject matter and is becoming the main tool for artists’ self-expression. Using various artistic techniques, from ironic allusion to grotesque, in painting, hyperrealism and photorealism, the artist becomes a sort of initiator of a discussion to express problematic societal issues and the phenomenon of the “naturally naked” person in the eyes of modern society.
Gary Tatinsian Art Gallery 
Pieter Bruegel. The Topsy-Turvy World
In the frame of the European program "the Flemish Masters", the Digital Art Center ARTPLAY MEDIA presents its multimedia exhibition "Pieter Bruegel. The Topsy-Turvy world” The exhibition is a part of the pan-European anniversary program dedicated to all Flemish Masters, such as Pieter Bruegel Senior, Pieter Paul Rubens and Jan van Eyck. But as there is no original works of Bruegel the Elder in any Russian national museums you will have the opportunity to see his oeuvres only in a multimedia format. In order to let the viewer entirely immerse in the works of Bruegel, the organizers of the exhibition turned to storytelling — in the multimedia hall you will hear stories about the works of Bruegel, narrated from the first person. Through Bruegel paintings you will perceive the carnival aesthetics of that time — the artist depicts the distorted, crazy world, the topsy-turvy world — the world of stupidity. Any deviation from the norm was considered as “Stupidity” in the inverted world of the medieval folk: drunkenness, gluttony, poverty, ugliness, depravity, facelessness, impiety, etc. However, medieval people never thought to fool anyone but themselves. And they always used to laugh at themselves. The culture of the European carnival is totally based on self-parody. The most known examples of Bruegel’s carnival art : "the Flemish Proverbs", "the Battle of Shrovetide and Fasting", "Blinds", "the land of sluggard", engravings "The Feast of fats" The Feast of skinnies".
Artplay na Yauze 
Robostation
Robostation is the only in Moscow exhibition of robots and engineering technologies, dedicated to inspire kids to become engineers and celebrate the achievements in robotics. Situated at VDNkH - the biggest and one of the most popular public spaces of the capital city of Russia - exhibition invites kids and grown ups to learn everything about the future. Interact and communicate with robots from all over the world! Robostation offers multiple edutainment activities, scientific shows and workshops. It features even a Robocafé and a Robomarket. Here, robots dance and sing, recite poems and demonstrate their own inside. What’s more, the boxer robot fights and the dog robot wags its tail! Come and learn more about robotics!
VDNkH 
Russian Jordaens. Paintings by Jacob Jordaens from Russian Collections
The Pushkin State Museum presents the exhibition “Russian Jordaens. Paintings and Drawings by Jacob Jordaens from Russian Collections,” which will feature landmark pieces of Flemish artist Jacob (Jacques) Jordaens and convey the interest shown for his works in Russia. The exhibition will be the first to present almost all of the master’s paintings and drawings that are held in Russian museums: the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, the State Hermitage Museum, the Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts, the Nizhny Novgorod State Art Museum, and the Perm State Art Gallery. One of the works will be displayed courtesy of the Holy Trinity Cathedral of the Alexander Nevsky Lavra in St. Petersburg. The exhibition shall comprise 18 paintings and 31 drawings reflecting the milestones of Jordaens’s artistic journey, the diversity of his themes and genres, and the evolution of his style. Russian museums hold a small but interesting collection of works by Jordaens, boasting his best pieces of art in almost all genres. Most of them arrived in Russia as early as the second half of the 18th century and originated from the best European collections of that time.
Pushkin Fine Arts Museum 
The Coming World: Ecology as the New Politics 2030–2100
The time has come to change our understanding of the environment. The more we think of “nature” as independent from us, the more we distance ourselves from the changing world. Humans are a part of the ecosystem, meaning our everyday activities shape our future. The Coming World: Ecology as the New Politics 2030–2100 is a major exhibition project that brings together historical and new works by over 50 Russian and international artists and will occupy the entire Museum building. It takes a look at a future already in the making, when the environmental agenda will become one of the main political questions.
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art  
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