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Arts Calendar / November 18 / 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  
Geometric abstraction is a form of abstract art based on the creation of an artistic image by combining various geometric shapes, coloured planes, straight and broken lines. In the national art of the mid-1950s, the resort to abstract art was widespread in the “unofficial” environment. Artists of the then young generation were getting acquainted with the language of geometric abstraction from the followers of Russian avant-garde artists or were discovering different art by visiting the storerooms of the Tretyakov Gallery and reading magazines brought from the West. The Moscow school of geometric abstraction is diverse in its manifestations; each of the masters contributed his own peculiarities to its development: Vladimir Andreenkov, Ruben Apresyan, Tatyana Badanina, Alexey Kamensky, Alyona Kirtsova, Vladimir Nemukhin, Eduard Steinberg, Aleksandr Yulikov, Valery Yurlov. The exhibition will feature the works of eight authors who worked in various forms of visual art – in painting, drawing, sculpture, objects and media.
Tretyakov Gallery at Krymsky Val 
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 Gallery 
Impressionism and Spanish Art
For the first time of this scale in Russia will there be an exhibit of Spanish art from the 19th-20th centuries. The exhibit will show works by 18 Spanish artists who worked side by side with French impressionists, and took part in the first exhibits showing the new trends of European art in the 1880s. The exhibit will present works by Joaquín Sorolla, Ramon Casas, Darío de Regoyos, Marian Pidelaserra, Ignasi Mallol, Santiago Rusiñol, Ricard Canals, Ignacio Zuloaga, Joaquim Mir, and Pere Ysern. The exhibit is comprised of 57 picturesque paintings, sculptures, and graphics from thirteen museums in Spain, as well as private collections, and supplemented by two paintings from the Pushkin Museum in Moscow. Impressionism is undoubtedly the most popular and beloved style period of the second half of the 19th century. Born on French soil, Impressionism influenced art all around the world. But, perhaps the greatest influence it had was on Spanish artists. They preferred a bright, colorful palette, so that they could share with everyone the beauty of southern nature - the beautiful shade of sweeping trees, the white speckled reflection of the sun, and flowing waters. Spanish Impressionism is influenced by classical styles. One feels the link to traditional art reminiscent of 17th century Velasquez or 18th century Goya. 13 Spanish museums participated in this project, including the National Museum of Art of Catalonia, Museum of Montserrat, Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando and Carmen-Thyssen Bornemisza Collection, among others.
Museum of Russian Impressionism 
Ivan Pokhitonov
The exhibition is dedicated to the 170th birth anniversary of Ivan Pavlovich Pokhitonov (1850–1923), one of the most original Russian landscape painters of the second half of the 19th – the first decades of the 20th century. His work organically combines the heartfelt and poetic view of the world, typical of Russian mood landscape, and strict exactingness to the painting quality of his works adopted from the artists of the Barbizon school. Pokhitonov developed an original artistic style that allowed him, with a very small size of paintings, to express all the characteristics of his native nature of Little Russia, the picturesque richness of French, Italian and Belgian landscapes. The exhibition provides an opportunity to fathom the particularities of Pokhitonov’s skills, to feel the beauty, freshness and poetic charm of his miniature painting. The exposition consists of around 100 works.
Tretyakov Art Gallery 
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 
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!
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  
Time of Fun and Games
State Historical Museum presents an exhibition telling about holidays, entertainments and mass celebrations in Russia in the 17th – in the beginning of 20th centuries. The exposition, which is based on folk and city costumes, posters and placards, the collection of carnival sleighs and objects of applied and decorative arts, allows to form a view of ​​various Russian amusements and games on the ground of objects which have never been exhibited before. About 400 exhibits tell about entertainments - booths, knuckle fighting and downhill sledging, as well as about new ones that appeared with a change of the course of the empire - fireworks, promenades, circuses, cinema. Located in the exposition the “Archeology of amusement” will allow to see artifacts of the Stone, Bronze age, the time of ancient settlements on the Black sea and the Middle Ages, which give evidence of amusements in antiquity.
State Historical Museum 
Yoko Ono: The Sky Is Always Clear
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents for the first time in Russia a large-scale project of Yoko Ono’s art featuring her legendary textual «Instructions», reenactments of the artist’s classical performances and her video art. Yoko Ono is a major figure in the 1960s Conceptual Art, a member of the Fluxus movement. She contributed to the development of action art, happenings and video art. One of key traits of her art practice of recent decades is a special approach to the viewer, whom she often turns into a partner in her artistic process. The project introduces the visitors to the key elements defining Yoko Ono’s artistic progress and reconsiders the artist/visitor relationship within the Museum environment. Yoko Ono’s art marries the methods of the 1960s artistic movements, with their denial of figurative imagery for the sake of pure concepts and the search for the answer to the question: «what is art?», and the traditions of oriental philosophical schools on the basis of the elements of Zen Buddhism. The viewer of the exhibition responds to the question about the meaning of art, its political and social involvement, the limits of art and their own. The display of the project «Sky Is Always Clear» will revolve around the «Instructions» by the titular artist, first exhibited in 1960s: the motif of corporeality, human vulnerability, free action based on free agency are central for these works. Ono’s «Instructions» are works of ephemeral quality sometimes limited to textual instructions, sometimes embodied as objects inviting the viewer to perform simple actions, acknowledging the contemplative beauty of everyday life. Ono’s «Instructions» have been likened to musical scores and haikus: a collective reading of often impracticable «recipes» by the artist can seemingly transform the fabric of reality through the efforts of all humankind.
Moscow Museum of Modern Art  
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