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Arts Calendar / August 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  
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 
Diane Tuft: Frozen in Time
In her work, American artist Diane Tuft explores and develops the vital topic of climate change. By travelling to the most remote places throughout the world including both the North and South Poles, she has been able to document the visual effects of climate change on our planet. The exhibition includes two series by the artist, dedicated to the coldest parts of the Earth: the Arctic and Antarctica. In 2012, a grant from the National Science Foundation brought Diane Tuft to Antarctica for six weeks. The resulting series of photographs documents the dramatic natural landscape of this remote and ancient continent. Details of ice and rock are distilled into stunning forms for the viewer to consider anew. The other series looks into the Arctic, which is melting faster than any other place in the world. Driven by her desire to create a comprehensive picture of the fragility of this region, Diane Tuft traveled by plane, boat and helicopter to the mountain glaciers of Svalbard, Norway, the Arctic Ocean’s sea ice, and the icebergs and ice sheet of Greenland during the summers of 2015 and 2016. The photographs are both visual and scientific studies, conveying the subtle and violent atmospheric changes registered on the Antarctic landscape over millions of years. Tuft’s photographs capture the high levels of ultraviolet light in Antarctica and expose the visual effects of years of climate change.
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 
Ilya Repin
A large-scale exhibition of works by the most renowned Russian painter of the 19th century Ilya Repin (1844-1930) will present a modern interpretation of his art. The exhibition, located on three floors in the largest exhibition halls of the Tretyakov Gallery, will include more than 180 paintings and more than 130 graphic works. In addition to well-known paintings (Barge Haulers on the Volga, Unexpected Return, Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire), little-known works were selected for the exhibition, and they will be a real discovery for the public. The highlight of the exhibition will be the display of the large-format canvas Ceremonial Sitting of the State Council on 7 May, 1901 from the collection of the State Russian Museum. Until 18.08.19.
Tretyakov Gallery at Krymsky Val 
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  
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 
Michelangelo. The Sistine Chapel
The Digital art center (DAC) ArtplayMedia invites you to the exhibition "Michelangelo. The Sistine chapel” — the emotionally brightest show that makes the art of geniuses closer to the audience, and for those who are familiar with the oeuvres of the Renaissance masters will open new, unexpected interpretations of the fascinating works of great masters through large-scale frescoes of the Sistine chapel, infographics and interactive systems. At the exhibition you'll see how the famous frescoes of the Sistine chapel revive as you will never see them (ceiling painting and specially "the last judgment"), sculptures by Michelangelo in 3D, as well as works by his contemporaries like Leonardo Da Vinci, Botticelli, Giotto and Raphael on giant screens accompanied by the awesome music of Bach, Handel and Orff. Every day the Sistine chapel is visited by up to ten thousand people. This huge number of visitors and the height at which the frescoes are located, do not allow fully appreciate the work of the great master. Visitors of the exhibition " Michelangelo. The Sistine chapel " will have a unique opportunity to see the frescoes of the chapel in smallest details, and enjoy the overall panorama of the chapel, which will let you feel the scale of the titanic work of Michelangelo Buonarroti.
Artplay na Yauze 
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!
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 
The Novecento Game. ‘Non-Soviet’ Soviet Art of 1920s – 1930s
Heritage Gallery, with support from the Italian Institute of Culture in Moscow, is holding an exhibition where paintings by key members of the Italian artistic movement of Novecento, such as Piero Marussig, Achille Funi, Felice Casorati, Mario Tozzi and Cesare Monti, will be presented for the first time in comparison to paintings, drawings, sculpture, porcelain and design works by Soviet artists of the same interwar period – Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, Vladimir Favorsky, Tatyana Kuperwasser, Vladimir Kovalsky, Nadezhda Lermontova, Alexei Zernov, Maria Lomakina, Vladimir Lebedev, Dmitry Krapivnny and others. The exhibition will also include works by Russian émigré artists that served as a link between the Soviet Russia and Europe, namely Boris Grigoriev and Léopold Survage. A special section of the show is focusing on Soviet and Italian art editions of that period that reflect the aesthetics of Novecento. In total, the exhibition will showcase over 70 artworks.
Heritage 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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