The Pushkin Museum received as a gift the work of the Italian artist Fabricio Plessis 22/07/2018 automatic translate
The Pushkin Museum. A.S. Pushkin received as a gift the work of the Italian artist Fabricio Plessis, whose exhibition "The Soul of the Stone" takes place in the Pushkin Museum until August 5.
The Pushkin Museum within the framework of the direction "Pushkin XXI" continues to form a collection of media art, whose analogues do not exist in Russia. The new collection includes works created on the basis of exhibits of the museum’s collection, site-specific projects and works reflecting classical art, using the latest technologies. It will include works by classics and contemporary artists working in the field of media, video and performative art. The collection already included the trilogy of the Russian art group "Provmyz" (Sergei Provorov and Galina Myznikova) "Despair" (2008), "Inspiration" (2010) and "Eternity" (2011).
One of the pioneers of media art, the artist Fabrizio Plessis donated two works to the museum: a video installation "Vertical seas" and a sketch for the video installation "The Riddle of Farewells." The first work presents a video with a picture of flowing water, which seems to be trying to flow out of the screen, but is limited by the screen plane, like an aquarium wall. The graphic works show a boat cut from a large tree trunk. Ten monitors are installed in the boat, demonstrating the movement of water.
Similar video sculptures were shown at the Kestner-Gesellschaft Museum in Hanover in 1999 and at the Correr Museum in Venice in 2001. In 2009, Plessis participated with a large video installation "Riddle of Farewells" in the LIII Venice Biennale. The artist presented a whole flotilla consisting of boats with monitors installed in them, depicting electronic waves. The exhibition was held in Ca d’Oro and was part of the exhibition "The Soul of Water", organized jointly with American artist Bill Viola. The motif of water has become the main thing for Plessis’ creativity since 1968. He addresses this subject in installations, films, videos and performances. The creation of each project is preceded by a preparatory stage. The artist travels a lot, "collects" impressions and makes hundreds of sketches of objects, from which a new work is being composed in the future. An example of work on the project is a sketch, donated to the museum.
The artist Fabrizio Plessi tries to bridge the gap between art and science, between nature and technology, combining the natural and digital elements. Plessis has the ability to humanize technological tools, transforming them into bearers of emotions and concepts, and at the same time revitalizing history, giving the viewer an opportunity to openly read the connections between the past and the present.
Especially for the exhibition "Soul of the Stone" in the Pushkin Museum. AS Pushkin artist created 16 video sculptures, which are demonstrated in a dialogue with works from the collection of casts representing masterpieces of Greek art, as well as the art of ancient Rome and Italy. This is not the first experience of Fabrice Plessis with the Pushkin Museum. A. S. Pushkin. In May 2017, within the framework of the parallel program of the 57th Venice Biennale, the first international project, created under the aegis of the direction "Pushkin XXI" - "Man as a Bird. Images of Travels, "where Fabrice Plessis showed the work of Ca ’d’Oro (Golden House) - an installation with a wooden boat.
Olga Shishko, Head of the Department of Film and Media Arts of the Pushkin Museum. A.S. Pushkin, curator of the direction "Pushkin XXI":
The gifted works of Plessis will undoubtedly enrich the young collection "Pushkin XXI" and will give it uniqueness, as they help to revise the vision of the museum in its classical view, offer a dialogue between the artist and architecture, between history and modernity, inviting us to travel-thinking about the eternal. Plessis often uses the image of a boat in his works, as well as in the work "Vertical Seas", donated to the museum. Thus, the work of Plessis with images of the art of the past is a way of navigating in the present and striving to bear the emotional and intellectual values of our life today in the future. Thus, the collection of the Pushkin Museum. AS Pushkin will be enriched with new meanings, and history will take a step forward.
Marina Loshak, director of the Pushkin Museum. A.S. Pushkin:
Mission direction "Pushkin XXI" - a presentation of the great achievements of the world artistic culture in the combination of classical art and modern. It is a kind of reference encyclopaedia of contemporary art, a creative laboratory that allows to find new ideas in synthesis and interdisciplinary context, as well as unifying world museums for dialogue and cooperation in the field of contemporary art. We are pleased to receive in our collection of work Fabrizio Plessis. His ability to reveal familiar images, to give them a new life in the museum space is truly unique.
The collection "Pushkin XXI" will be presented at the international fair of contemporary art Cosmoscow, which will be held in the Gostiny Dvor on September 6 - 9, 2018.