Exhibitions / The Golden Age of Russian Avant-garde

The Golden Age of Russian Avant-garde
Moscow, Manezh Square, 1
15.04.2014 - 18.05.2014
The Golden Age of Russian Avant-Garde is a large-scale exhibition project, created especially for the main exhibition hall of Moscow’s Manege Museum by Peter Greenaway (UK) and Saskia Boddeke (Holland) supported by the British Council.

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

The project will continue Peter Greenaway’s animated series, including da Vinci’s Last Supper, Rembrandt’s Night Watch and The Wedding at Cana by Veronese. Greenaway himself defines this work as applied history of art: telling the story of art not with a text, but by the means of art itself.
The multimedia installation, created by Peter Greenaway and Saskia Boddeke, will animate more than 400 masterpieces of Russian avant-garde. With the help of multimedia techniques, rare pieces of Russian avant-garde from the collections of the Russian Museum, the Tretyakov Gallery, the Schusev Architectural Museum, the Bakhrushin Theatre Museum and private collections will be shown. “Black Square” by Kazimir Malevich – perhaps the most famous Russian avant-garde work – will be used as the basis and the central metaphor of the exhibition.

This unique exhibition will spread across 5000 square metres. It will include polyscreen installations made with the help of the most up-to-date projection, light and sound equipment. It will represent a new approach to the history of art, creating new visuals and new possibilities for learning about the world around us through images. Using polyscreens as an artistic method not only allows us to explore new aspects in paintings or sculptures: synchronised images, bound together by a single idea, create new architectonics, bringing another dimension to the exhibition. Combining film and painting, animation and 3D technology helps create a unified atmospheric work, drawing the viewer into the space of Russian avant-garde.

Innovative multimedia technologies used in the project not only help to demonstrate digital reproductions of the most brilliant works of the Russian avant-garde, but also immerse the viewer into the context of the epoch, creating the effect of amended reality and revealing new meanings.

According to Greenaway, “what we do is in tune with our times, and of course, this approach is not in any way to detract from the merits of the works kept in the museum. But we do not leave them to gather dust there; we take them with us to the present and to the future”.

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