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Arts Calendar / July 15 / 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 
Estimated Waiting Time
Moscow Museum of Modern Art and Vadim Sidur Museum present collective exhibition Estimated Waiting Time. This is an international multimedia project that encompasses several artists’ reflections on various waiting experiences. The exhibition shows artworks from Russia, Lithuania, Poland, and Israel united by a topic of the waiting process. Six artistic projects deconstruct various situations of waiting coming in various artistic mediums. Artists’ personal experience guides the audience to new unexpected spheres and territories where the phenomenon of waiting manifests its social, psychological and physical aspects. The project touches upon migrant workers’ social insecurity and powerlessness while their invisible work reduces our waiting time (I.Food, 2019, Bermet Borubaeva and Polina Nikitina). Medical practices and a time-consuming medical treatment and recovery processes endow patients with false hopes (Hope It Finds You Well, video, 2018, Milda Januševičiūtė). A person’s focus on waiting for the recovery instead of comfortable residence makes one feel like a patient even in residential treatment centers (Yulia Kosulnikova). Tiring waiting at a transport station may become an experience of addressing your inner world when a person inspires an artist as a bodily-spatial structure and a source of found choreography (Poses of Waiting, 2018, Ekaterina Shelganova). Waiting process can also be used as a method to historically document social and political changes in a country (From My Window, 1978–1999, Józef Robakowski).
Vadim Sidur Museum 
Frank Horvat: House With Fifteen Keys
The event is basically a retrospective that chronicles 70 years of photographic work of the great master who was born in 1928 in Italy in Abbazia , today a Croatian town known with the name of Opatija. Photos of reportage, fashion, portrait, landscape and street photography are expertly collected and reconsidered by the author in an exhibition of 290 photographs divided into 15 keys of interpretation. This collection also offers some extrapolations from personal photo projects made ​​from the 80s to today. The exceptional photographic work to date made ​​by Frank Horvat and the importance of titles given to the "15 keys" such as "light", "Human Condition", "Voyeur" confirm Frank Horvat as one of the most important contemporary photographers who can afford to say that photography is the art of not pressing the button.
Multimedia Art Museum 
Giacomo Quarenghi - Imperial Architect
The Museum of V.A. Tropinin and Contemporary Moscow Artists presents an exhibition of rare graphic sheets of the Italian master Giacomo Quarenghi from the private collection of Sergei Choban - a famous Russian-German architect, laureate of the European Prize for Architecture, founder of the Museum of Architectural Drawing in Berlin. The exhibition presents graphics and paintings, architectural projects, landscapes and portraits, demonstrating the tremendous skill of the draftsman. In the center of attention - the Russian period of creativity of the Italian architect, which lasted almost forty years. Giacomo Quarenghi first arrived in St. Petersburg in 1780 at the personal invitation of Catherine II under a short contract. In Russia, Quarenghi found his creative homeland, becoming one of the main conductors of Palladianism in Russia - a style that eventually began to be perceived as national.
Museum of V.A. Tropinin and Contemporary Moscow Artists 
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  
Jean-Baptiste Huynh: Beauty
There is a brilliant directness and intimacy in the portraits of Jean-Baptiste Huynh. They masterfully celebrate the power that a persona has to captivate the viewer. The portraits become beautiful manifestations of the soul and the spirit of the sitters forming atmospheres of concentration. The images are created in the tradition of classic portraiture with Huynh being a disciple of Irving Penn and composing his subjects in a similar manner. Huynh builds a portable studio that is very basic and minimal. The sitter is made emphatic; they are skillfully lit with a combination of artificial and natural light, and photographed with a medium format camera. Huynh makes all of the oversized silver gelatin prints in a traditional darkroom himself. Of the various bodies of work that Huynh is known for, he has made portraits in Ethiopia, Mali, Japan, and India. The sitters range in age and ethnicity and act as bridges between cultural diversity and individual identities. They reveal a purity of beauty in the elegance of diverse features and the emotion of gazes.
Multimedia Art Museum 
Monaco. Artist’s Stories Gérard Pettiti and Claude Rosticher
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art and the Embassy of Monaco in Russia present the exhibition Monaco. Artist’s Stories dwelling on the modern and contemporary art of the principality. The project at the MMOMA is a story of friendship between two artists, Gérard Pettiti and Claude Rosticher, whose selection of art will introduce wide public to the Monegasque unique artistic tradition. The works of two artists differ both in their pictorial style and the themes they choose to address. With all that, they are unanimous in connecting their art with different aspects of the natural world. The display features not only works by Péttiti and Rosticher. Il also addresses the art of their predecessors, being the mentors and authority figures for the Monaco art scene: Albert Diato, Léo Ferré, Armand Gatti, Luis Molné, those masters of the 20th century who took part in the making of the European Modernism and Postmodernism. Photo and video documentation of these artists’ heritage, being part of the display, provide an overall pattern for the development of Monegasque culture and art scene during the 20th and 21st centuries. The project carries on the long-standing tradition of cultural exchange between Russian and Monegasque artistic institutions that dates back to the 19th century and keeps its importance to the present day.
Moscow Museum of Modern Art  
Nino Duccio. Incognito Painting
The project of the international gallery of contemporary art VS unio tells about the revival of a long tradition of relations between teacher and student, the transfer of artistic experience and the secrets of the profession. Nino Duccio is a pseudonym of European businessman and collector with an artistic past, who, thanks to the diligent training of the modern master of painting, formed as an artist, but wished to remain incognito for the mass audience and the professional community. The art of Nino Duccio is outside the social context, there are no stylistic bindings — there is only a colorful impulse that generates taste sensations and moods that are understandable to everyone. Every Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 12:00–20:00.
Arma 17 
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!
Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso
An exhibition of works by two outstanding surrealist artists - Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso - features more than 250 works: sculpture, ceramics, graphics. Among the exhibits are famous paintings on cubist and Dalinian scenes, ceramic sculptures by Pablo Picasso, which reflect his creative quest, as well as the little-known, but no less surprising graphics of Salvador Dali. For example, the exhibition presents illustrations of Salvador Dali to the medieval novel “Gargantua and Pantagruel”. Getting acquainted with the works of two outstanding surrealists of the 20th century, visitors will be able to understand: what did the two geniuses think about women, great creators, contemporaries, and their native country? The exhibition will provide an opportunity to compare the world view of artists and look at their surroundings through their eyes. For the first time in world practice, the works of two of the greatest Spanish artists are found on the same exhibition site in Moscow.
Red October Gallery 
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 Gallery 
Workshop 20’19. Dismorphophobia, or the War Within Your Mind
Moscow Museum of Modern Art and the School of Contemporary Art Free Workshops present a collective project by emerging artists Workshop 20’19. Dismorphophobia, or the war within your mind. This year curator and head of Free Workshops Daria Kamyshnikova suggested artists reflect on the mechanisms that cause dismorphophobia (body dysmorphic disorder): an obsessive feeling of having a physical drawback. The artistic research resulted in a large-scale exhibition in MMOMA on Petrovka, 25 that reveals the destructive relationships between a person and his/her body. An attempt to analyze dismorphophobia within the frames of Workshop 20’19 demonstrates that «that the war goes on in the minds, while the body surface is just a territory under attack.» Dismorphophobia, or the war within your mind is a research project that gives artists an opportunity to elaborate on the problem that concerns all of us. The characters presented in the artworks, either artists themselves, imaginary personalities that sublimate various manifestations of body dysmorphic disorder or real people, openly declare the claims they have against their bodies and let the audience into an intimate and non-public world of their personal complexes and experiences that feed their body aversion. Each artwork is both a statement and a confession that exceeds personal boundaries and brings us to outer social contexts.
Moscow Museum of Modern Art  
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