Exhibition ’Between the Volga and the Danube’ automatic translate
с 29 Апреля
по 29 Мая
The international academic research project «Between the Volga and the Danube» is dedicated to Jan Amos Komensky, one of the outstanding founders of the European enlightenment of the 17th century.
Organizers: the Russian Academy of Arts, the Volga Region Department of the Russian Academy of Arts, the Creative Union of Artists of Russia, the European Center for Visual Arts (Bratislava, Slovakia) with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, CIC M * ARS, partners in Europe: Aircraft Diagnostic Company, Slovenska Vytvarna Unia, Slovak Union of Visual Art.
In Saratov, the exhibition is exhibited with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Russia and the Ministry of Culture of the Saratov Region at two venues: in the halls of the Saratov State Art Museum named after AN Radishchev and the Saratov Art College named after. AP Bogolyubov.
May 5, 2016 at 17.00 in the halls of the Radischev Museum (Pervomayskaya, 75) is planned to present the first part of the exhibition project «Between the Volga and the Danube.» On May 6 at 3:00 pm a round table and presentation of the 2nd part of the exposition will take place in the exhibition hall of the Bogoliubov School (Universitetskaya, 59).
The project is conducted with the participation of Russian and foreign artists.
Works by Russian artists from Moscow, St. Petersburg, the Volga Region (Saratov, Kazan, Samara, Ulyanovsk, Izhevsk, Cheboksary, Ufa), Yaroslavl, Ivanov and Chelyabinsk are presented in just 12 regions of Russia. The foreign participants of the project are artists from the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (the territory where the great humanist Jan Amos Komensky lived and formed the basis for European enlightenment): Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Poland, Ukraine and Moldova - 10 countries of Europe. In addition, the partner of the project - the Center for Contemporary Art M * ARS (Moscow) has provided part of the works of Eastern European artists from his collection. In total, more than 150 Russian and foreign artists from 300, who submitted applications for the contest, took part in the contest. There are presented kinds of fine arts: painting, graphic arts, sculpture, digital and applied art.
The organizers of the research project «BETWEEN THE VOLGA AND DUNE», following the method of Jan Amos Komensky, the author of the famous encyclopedia-textbook «The World of Sensible Things in Pictures,» challenged contemporary artists to: reflect their world of nature and social relations through their creative works
with the aim of obtaining diverse and invaluable artistic revelations and points of view on the same subjects. The project is an attempt at least partially to restore the holistic perception of the world around us. The artists were invited within the given framework to reflect in their work 100 topical themes for today: 100 works were created by Russian artists and for the same 100 themes - foreign ones.
In the format of the project, a competition was held, an art encyclopedia was published, a mobile international exhibition was organized in Moscow (Zurab Tsereteli Art Gallery, August-September 2015), Bratislava (European Center for Fine Arts, November 2015-March 2016), Saratov (Radishchevsky Museum - SCU AP Bogolyubov, April-May 2016), master classes in painting and digital art, round tables.
This project, among other tasks, shows the vectors of the development of art
in different countries and generations. So, in Hungary the school of realistic drawing is quite successfully preserved. In Serbia, «naive» is popular and, in a sense, iconography develops. In Slovakia, artists in a peculiar way, using elements of realism work, mainly in abstraction. Poland and the Czech Republic continue to use their traditional critical attitude to reality and some poster style. In general, the project «Between the Volga and the Danube» covers the former territory of the Soviet Union and the zone of its influence, but the greatest number of works is presented from three countries - Russia, Austria and Ukraine. Austrian artists work in easel painting and graphics, with new technologies and genres, but the most interesting is their thematic foreshortening - the love of travel and other cultures. Two of the artists present projects made in Russia: in Siberia and Samara, at the Shiryaev Biennale. It is important for the organizers to work with Ukrainian artists. Art has always been one of the most effective types of diplomacy. This is especially important in the period of unfavorable political developments.
In the Russian part of the project, both renowned artists - Academicians of the Russian Academy of Arts, folk artists: Zurab Tsereteli (Vera), Nikolai Mukhin (Paradise), Tatyana Nazarenko (Hunter and the Victim, Crime and Punishment), Valery Maloletkov «External and internal feelings»), Evgeny Romashko (City), Vladimir Sokovnin (Country and Law), Victor Glukhov («Inhabitants of the rivers and seas»), and talented youth - Vyacheslav Ereyschuk, Evgenia Maltseva, Fedor Dubrovin, Anton Batishev, Sergey Kuznetsov and others.
In addition to painting, graphics and sculpture, new technologies and genres are presented. At the same time, regardless of whether the video art is a performance or a performance, the artists try to rely on the fundamental foundations of the academic school in this project: we observe works inspired by Repin’s Burlacs on the Volga, and the endless expanses of Levitan and Vasiliev. There is an interest in history: working with archival photography from Ivan Kolesnikov and Sergei Denisov, the philosophical work of Konstantin Khudyakov «Apocalypse» and the sculptural composition «The Decline of Civilization» by Alexander Povzner, colonial motifs in the spirit of Kipling and «orientalism» by Jerome from Sergei Kalinin. The theme of the war (the work of Viktor Safronov, Ilgizar Samakayev) was also reflected, especially in the year of the 70th anniversary of the Victory over fascism.
The structure of the exhibition and the art encyclopedia, in which the works of Russian and foreign authors are given on the same topic, give, to a certain extent, the opportunity to compare creative approaches of artists and receive unusual dialogues. With such a broad geography, it is impossible to show evenly all countries, but the project caused such a wide interest among artists that it seems important to continue it. Presumably, he could grow into the Comenius Triennial, presenting cultural ties with the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the possibility of studying trends in the visual arts in the world.
The project was implemented at the expense of the Federal Target Program «Culture of Russia» (2012-2018) through the Department of State Support for Arts and Folk Art of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the European Center for Fine Arts (Bratislava), administrative and financial resources of the Russian Union of Artists and the Volga Region Department of the Russian Academy of Arts.
The head and author of the project is KV Khudyakov, vice-president of the Russian Academy of Arts, chairman of the Volga branch of the Russian Academy of Arts, academician and member of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Arts, president of the Russian Union of Artists. The curatorial group from the Russian Union of Artists and the TLC: Deputy Chairman of the Povolzhsky Branch of the Russian Academy of Arts S. Kuznetsov, art critic D. Yu. Machulin, Academician and member of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Arts, First Vice President of the Russian Union of Artists, People’s Artist of the Russian Federation E. V. Romashko, Corresponding Members of the Russian Academy of Arts, vice-presidents of the TSHR, S. G. Denisov and I. V. Kolesnikov. The project director is the vice-president of the TSHR K.V. Akimov.
Curators from the Slovak side: Chairman of the Board of Directors of the European Center for Fine Arts, President of the European Academy of Security and Conflictology, member of the Council of Europe, Honorary Academician of the Russian Academy of Arts, Professor II Bondarenko, Director of Aircraft Diagnostik Company EI Prekopova, Honorary Academician of RAK A. Marenchikov.
The exhibition in Saratov - in the Radishchevsky Museum and the Bogoliubov School is open to visitors during the opening hours of the exhibition halls (see the poster) until May 29, inclusive.
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