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MOSCOW. BAROCCO. 2014

OrganizersTriumph Gallery, the Manege/MediaArtLab Center for Art and Culture 

Venuethe mansion at 40 Novokuznetskaya

Dates: July 5 – July 17, 2014

Discussions and disputes on the origins of the baroque style in European civilization continue: Was this the result of the Counter-Reformation, the affirmation of which demanded a grandiose art that could disturb spectators' emotions? Or was it a counterweight to the magnificence of Mediterranean culture, putting a sense of form in the foreground to undercut progressive northern pragmatism? “Aristocratic conservatism,” wrote Arkady Ippolitov, “in this interpretation, becomes the dominant style, and baroque acquires a character of melancholic doom alongside an aggressively reactionary element.”

“At the same time, baroque is a degeneration, deformity, 'the pearl of imperfect form.' Why did it become imperfect, and what is perfection, at the end of the day?” These are the questions posed by the exhibition's curator, the artist Antonina Baever. “Strangeness gradually becoming the norm, creating its own institutions – doesn't that have the right to exist too? Answering in the negative would be to begin the creation of a new Sparta; answering positively is to admit that any vice, sooner or later, will become the norm.”

The baroque era was a transitional stage in the development of culture combining rules, kitsch and a lofty style taken to the extremes of the absurd. An underlying tendency to reference the baroque style among various contemporary artists will be presented at the “Moscow. Barocco. 2014” exhibition. Young artists will reinterpret the historic style and consider the boundaries of the phenomenon and “degeneration of the genre” as a resource in various media – painting, photography, sculpture, installations, video and photography.

 

Over the entire course of the exhibition, the organizers will be arranging excursions with the artists, as well as an educational program in which specialists on baroque in the visual arts and architecture will consider the links between that era and the present day. 

July 2, 2014

On June 24 and 25, 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art began. 3069 applications by artists under 35 from 84 countries of the world were submitted for the competition, which lasted from November 2013 through March 2014. David Elliott, Artistic Director of the Biennale, proposed the motto A Time for Dreams as the general theme, and curated the main Biennale project, which presented works by 83 artists from 32 countries of the world.

June 17, 2014

The educational program of the Biennale, curated by Antonio Geusa and coordinated by Ekaterina Razdumina, is entitled Wise Advice, and aims at helping young artists to find answers to various questions that concern their creative growth and career development.