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Arts Calendar / August 31 / 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  
Christopher Burkett's Brilliant Color: New Works
American photographer Christopher Burkett has labored for over thirty years to create what many regard as the most impeccable and luminous color prints in the history of photography. After spending nearly a decade in a contemplative community, Burkett realized that his ultimate vocation was to present the light that he could see in the world around him to others through the medium of photography. Choosing the unaltered pristine landscape as his primary subject matter was a considered and intentional decision, as was Burkett's eventual resolve to commit his photographic effort to color, rather than black and white. "The world was created in color" is Burkett's succinct explanation, and it is his abiding intent to present the world itself, unveiled in its ultimate reality/radiance, rather than imposing his own personal interpretation. Gifted with a contemplative spirit as well as painter's eye, Burkett has an uncommon ability to capture the natural world in a manner that simultaneously reflects "the world behind the world" as Minor White and Paul Caponigro might have put it. And although Burkett has been compared by curators to American color landscape photographers Eliot Porter and Ernst Haas whose genre of American landscape photography he extended, neither of them exclusively printed their own transparencies/negatives or attempted the darkroom standard clearly in evidence upon viewing a Burkett original print.
Classic Photography Gallery 
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 
Jaume Plensa
Jaume Plensa is a contemporary Spanish artist best known for his depictions of the human face through sculpture and innovative technology. His commission Crown Fountain (2004), a public installation in Chicago’s Millennium Park, proved to be a turning point in his career. In the work, large reflective towers utilize LEDs to project close-up images of faces. “Sculpture is not only talking about volumes. It is talking about something deep inside ourselves that without sculpture we cannot describe,” he explained. “We are always with one foot in normal life and one foot in the most amazing abstraction. And that is the contradiction that is life.” Born on August 23, 1955 in Barcelona, Spain where he currently lives and works, Plensa studied at the Llotja School of Art and Design and at the Sant Jordi School of Fine Art in Spain in the 1970s. Plensa has transitioned from an abstraction to figuration of the course of his career. The artist’s works are included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Palazzo Forti in Verona, the Reina Sofia National Museum in Madrid, and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, among others.
Moscow Museum of Modern Art  
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 
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 
Samskara
The Artplay Design Center, Moscow, has launched an incredible exhibition of the “digital age artist” Android Jones. His creative message is wrapped in augmented and virtual reality formats, installations, and fulldome films. Thanks to digital technology, the art of Android Jones goes far beyond the usual framework, and turns the viewer from a bystander into one of the main characters. The master brought his best artworks of the recent 20 years to Moscow, having organized a real digital art festival in the capital city of Russia. One of his works, the Samskara installation, was created jointly with the Russian studio 360ART in Full Dome technology and earned a number of prestigious prizes. The digital art exhibition is complemented with projects by Russian authors.
Artplay na Yauze 
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  
The Magic of Metzner
The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography presents a retrospective by Sheila Metzner—an outstanding American photographer whose works are being presented in Russia for the first time. During her 50-year career, Sheila has built up an impressive portfolio: from celebrity portraits, including Uma Thurman, David Lynch, Milla Jovovich, Tilda Swinton and Kim Basinger, and photographs for fashion magazines such as Vogue, Tatler and Vanity Fair, to still life and landscapes. Despite such a variety of genres, Metzner’s works all have an easily recognizable trademark style. Sheila finds inspiration in life itself: in people and subjects around her, her family, fleeting impressions and feelings. Sheila creates deeply personal, sensual, graceful and fascinating images. In the poses of the models, saturated deep colors and soft focus, there is a hint of an influence from 19th-early 20th century photography, pictorialism, the works of Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, Man Ray, and the paintings of Caravaggio and Rembrandt.
Lumiere Brothers Photogallery 
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