The Golden Age of Russian Avant-garde

Moscow Government
Moscow Department of Culture
Museum and Exhibition Association “Manege”
Center for art and culture “MediaArtLab”
Supported by British Council

The Golden Age of Russian Avant-garde

Peter Greenaway, Saskia Boddeke

15 April 2014 — 18 May 2014

Venue: Central Exhibition Hall “Manege”
Adress: Manezhnaya square, 1, Moscow
Exhibition curators: Olga Shishko, Elena Rumyantseva

The Golden Age of the Russian Avant-Garde is a large -scale exhibition project, created especially for the big exhibition hall of the Moscow Exhibition Complex “Manege” by Peter Greenaway (Great Britain) and Saskia Boddeke (the Netherlands).

The world premiere will take place in Moscow in April 2014 and will become one of the key projects of the bilateral UK-Russia Year of Culture. The project will allow the broad public to acquaint itself with the most important works of the Russian avant-garde of the 20th century in the context of media.

The multimedia installation of Peter Greenaway and Saskia Boddeke will animate more than 1000 masterpieces of Russian avant-garde. With the help of multimedia techniques rare pieces of Russian avant-garde from the collections of the The State Tretyakov gallery, The Russian museum, A.A.Bakhrushin State Central Theater museum, The Schusev State museum of architecture, St.Petersburg State museum of Theater and Music, State museum of contemporary art (Thessaloniki, Greece), Stedelijk museum (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven, the Netherlands), The Centre Pompidou (Paris, France), Museum of Modern Art ( New-York, USA), The Guggenheim museum (New-York, USA) and private collections will be shown. Black Square by Kazimir Malevich - perhaps the most famous work of Russian avant-garde - will be taken as the basis and the central metaphor of the exposition.

The unique exhibition will be presented on a surface area of 5000 square meters. It will include polyscreen installations made with the help of the most up-to-date projection, light and sound equipment. New approach to the history of art creates new visuality and new possibilities of knowing the world through images. Using polyscreen as an artistic method  not only allows to show new aspects in paintings or sculptures: synchronised images, bound together by a single idea, create new architectonics, providing another dimension for the museum exposition.

Innovative multimedia technologies, the combining of cinema and painting, animation and 3D, used in the project not just help to demonstrate digital reproductions of the most brilliant works of Russian avant-garde, but immerse the viewer into the context of the epoch, create the effect of amended reality, revealing new meanings.

The Golden Age of Russian Avant-Garde is a project within the framework of the bilateral UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014 and supported by the British Council.

The project is organized by CEH “Manege” in collaboration with Center for art and culture “MediaArtLab”.