Exhibition ’BONA VIVO’ automatic translate
с 30 Сентября
по 1 Ноября
Всероссийский музей декоративно-прикладного и народного искусства
ул. Делегатская, 3
September 28, 2015 at the All-Russian Museum of Decorative and Applied and Folk Art in the 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art starts the project «BONA VIVO».
A good life... we pronounce this phrase and look forward to an instant understanding, seeing in it a universal notion despite the diversity of subjective associations. Suppose that for people regularly attending exhibitions of the latest Russian and international art, such as this, the concept of a good life includes: harmonious relations in the family and with friends, financial independence, freedom of self-realization, the ability to travel, the availability of information, a rich cultural environment,, healthy ecology, etc. Acceptance of the listed values by default is considered a prerequisite for starting a dialogue, but more often such a dialogue immediately turns into a dispute, because the age, gender, social differences of interlocutors call into question the existence of the only acceptable good life. The name of the exhibition in Esperanto (this language is a vivid example of the unsuccessful impulse of mankind to unite and universalism) points to the natural desire of people to settle their lives on a common basis and the unattainability of such arrangement.
Any conditions of a good life can be realized only in specific interiors, decorated with certain objects. That is why the curators declare the special importance of sculptures and paintings with explicit object characteristics for the chosen theme. The works of all authors demonstrate universal features of everyday objects - they borrow the form of everyday things (lamps, bouquets of flowers), hint at the inhabitants of the interiors (clothes), use images decorating and marking the habitable interiors (carpet and wallpaper patterns, navigation design) - and at the same time are not limited by their functionality, giving the freedom of the audience’s imagination. In other words, in the halls of the museum a number of unstable interiors have been built, blurring the distinctions between private and public and combining the external and functional characteristics of the house, places of leisure and commercial establishments. The curators did not try to replicate real premises, the uniqueness of which does not imply freedom of interpretation, instead creating arenas where associations could collide, hybrid objects were compared with objects that surround us in everyday life, and the wishes of the viewer were embodied in an unexpected form.
Anna Haifish / Astrid Wagner / Johannes Schweiger