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Arts Calendar / October 3 / Exhibitions
Carsten Holler: Giant Triple Mushrooms (Germany)
Carsten HollerCarsten Holler's five Giant Triple Mushrooms are 3-dimensional collages of enlarged replicas of mushrooms occurring wild in Eurasia, they vary in size from 1 meter to 2.6 meters. Half of their composition is created from a fly-agaric mushroom, (Amanita muscaria), which is poisonous and psychoactive, the other half is composed of two randomly chosen mushrooms. The six month installation will mark the beginning of a twice-yearly series of contemporary works to be exhibited within our Entrance Space. Carsten Holler has realized several works with the fly-agaric mushroom, including the Mushroom Suitcase series and the Upside Down Mushroom Room (2000), which was shown in 2005 at MOCA in Los Angeles. Carsten's works have been shown internationally over the last two decades, including solo exhibitions at Fondazione Prada, Milan (2000), the ICA Boston (2003), Musee d'Art Contemporain, Marseille (2004), MASS MoCA, (2006), and Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2008). In 2006, he conceived the giant slide instalation Test Site at the Turbine Hall in London’s Tate Modern, and represented Sweden at the 51st Biennale di Venezia.
Centre for Contemporary Culture "Garage"  
Hermann Nitsch (Austria)
Hailed by many as the Pope of Viennese 'Aktionism', Hermann Nitsch, together with Gunter Brus, Otto Muhl, and Rudolf Schwartzkogler, reformed the face of sixties art, shunning the illusionary confines of traditional painting and sculpture, reinventing an art that exists in real, corporeal, and violent terms. Hermann Nitsch was celebrated and reviled in equal measure as he took the semblance of a pagan ceremony and incorporated robed processions, symbolic crucifixion, drunken excess, nudity, animal sacrifice, the drinking of blood, and the ritualistic incorporation of viscera and entrails. Even today, his audiences aren't mere visitors, but active participants in his artistic liturgies. Exhibition at Stella Art Foundation is a retrospective featuring works of different years and techniques: photographs of his actions, pictures and video.
Stella Art Foundation 
Masterpieces of the 20th Century
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art opens its doors to the exhibition, Masterpieces of the 20th Century, from the Collection of the Valencia Institute of Modern Art, IVAM - the first museum of modern art in Spain. The exhibition is composed of an extensive and select set of works from the Valencian Institute of IVAM and has the objective of bringing to the public the best pieces in their collection. The show is composed of a selection of the avant-garde of the first decades of the 20th century and of all art tendencies of the postwar period. It is set up so that a visitor who may not necessarily be a specialist, may recreate, through many of its most outstanding protagonists, the adventure of art in the twentieth century. The exhibition opens with Julio Gonzalez’s oeuvre together with the works by Torres Garcia, a Uruguayan artist of the early 20th century and continues with kinetic sculptures by Alexander Calder, installations by Kurt Schwitters and Man Ray, abstract works by Frantisek Kupka and works by classic Surrealist and Dadaist masters Joan Miro, Marcel Duchamp, Andr? Masson and Jean Arp. There are works by European masters such as Antoni Tapies, Antonio Saura, Karel Appel, Ad Reinhardt, Pierre Soulages, and works by celebrated American artists, such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Richard Serra. Works by American Pop-art artists, such as Richard Hamilton, James Rosenquist and European representatives of this approach, such as Eduardo Arroyo, Equipo Cronica group and others will also be exhibited.
Moscow Museum of Modern Art  
Petr Konchalovsky. To the Evolution of Russian Avant-Garde
Scale exhibition of works of Petr Konchalovsky (1876–1956) – the joint project of the Tretyakov gallery, Russian museum and “Petr Konchalovsky's Foundation”. From a numerous heritage of one of the most prolific domestic artists 90 best canvases were selected - the recognised masterpieces executed in 1910 – 1950th years. However the accent in the exhibition concept is made on 1910s when P.Konchalovsky was the organizer and the leader of a society "A Jack of Diamonds" when the master tendencies of the French art were strongest. Favourite genres and motives of products of the artist, including a portrait, a self-portrait, a still-life will be presented. The largest program cloths of 1910s are included in the exposition – "The Family portrait" (1911, State Russian museum), "Self-portrait with Family (Siena Portrait)" (1912, Tretyakov gallery), "In a workshop. A family portrait' (1917, Petr Konchalovsky's Foundation), the Spanish series (1910), the well-known still-lives.
Tretyakov Art Gallery 
Phenomenon of Lithuanian School. Western Photography in USSR
"Phenomenon of Lithuanian School. Western Photography in USSR" is an exhibition featuring 250 influential works by three classics of Lithuanian photography - Antanas Sutkus, Aleksandras Macijauskas, Vitalijus Butyrinas – who participated in the legendary exhibition at the Central House of Journalist in 1969 followed by the article in the "Soviet Photo" magazine where the term "Lithuanian School" was used for the first time. Creative works of these three acknowledged photographers are united by one theme – Lithuania and its people. Since 2000 the works by Antanas Sutkus, Aleksandras Macijauskas, Vitalijus Butyrinas have been exhibited at the National Library (USA, New York), State History Museum (Sweden, Stockholm), Forum fur Zeitgenosische Fotografie (Germany, Koln), Das Baltische Fotolinse (Germany, Bern), Museum of New Mexico, Museum of Fine Arts (USA).
Lumiere Brothers Photogallery 
Res Publica
"Res publica" project, based on the collection of the National Center for Visual Arts of France, incorporates the artworks of the artists who consider art a space for thinking and whose works appeal to reflection on the surrounding social-political reality and our relations with the world. The title of the exhibition refers to the Latin term "res publica" meaning "common cause" or "nation's cause". In ancient times it was believed to be of greatest value for any person and became a pillar of contemporary interpretation of the state, and particularly, republic. The exhibition unites compositions of different genres (video, photographs, painting, drawing, architectural models, installations) by the artists from all over the world who express their opinions on this broad topic. For example, Mounir Fatmi portrays the image fo the world after 9/11event in New York analyzing its origin (installation "Save Manhattan 01", 2003-2004, and photographs from the "Connections" series 2004-2007). Rebecca Bournigault appeals to the theme of a protest against the global world system and to the image of the contemporary rebel (the "Rebels" series of watercolours, 2005). Olivier Menanteau suggests having a look at the "kitchen" of political mass-media (the "Media Alert" series of photographs 2006-2007). Cyprien Gaillard makes a connection between contemporary new building, city development policy and social life of the "dormitory districts" ("Desnyansky District", video 2007).
Moscow Museum of Modern Art  
Roger Ballen: Documentary Fiction (USA)
This autumn Moscow will see for the first time photographs of one of the most extravagant living classics ever Roger Ballen. He calls his works "documentary fiction" – a kinds of a harmonious combination of documentation, symbolism and abstract esthetics. Roger Ballen's works evolved from reportage shooting to subjective documentation. Graduating from the Berkeley University in 1972 Ballen set off hitch-hiking around the globe. It resulted in his first book (Boyhood, 1979). This book and his sophomores "Dorps: Small Towns of South Africa, 1986" and "Platteland: Images from Rural South Africa, 1994" still fitted themselves in "street photography" though already featured the note of unreality: In "Outland" (2001) as well as in the followed-up "Shadow Chamber" (2005) and especially in "Boarding House" (2009) Ballen is diverging more and more from the familiar plots to be inspired by the slough of subconscious. Roger Ballen's works are on permanent display at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa, New York), at the Centre Georges-Pompidou (Paris), at the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), at the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) and others famous public and private collections. 
The Master of Moscow
The State Historical Museum hosts an exhibition "The Master of Moscow" timed to the 200th anniversary of the Moscow governor-general Vladimir Andreevich Dolgoruky (1810-1891). For those 25 years when he governed Moscow wisely, it turned from a small patriarchal town into the major trade and industrial centre. Several important reforms were conducted, water supply was improved, gas lighting was launched as well as the first horse-drawn railway, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour was built, and the State Historical Museum was opened. Among the exhibition items are presents to the governor-general from the grateful Muscovites, painting, graphics, and the unique photographic panorama of Moscow shot from the highest point of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, as well as pictures by V.Perov, A.Savrasov, I.Levitan and a multi-media presentation "Views, types, scenes of urban life of the late 19th century" based on albums and rare photographs.
Historical Museum 
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