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In Nachbars Garten

Exhibition of Young German Art
The project is realized in the framework of the German Year in Russia 2012-2013

Peter Müller Aufbau. 2012. Wood. Courtesy of the artist

The exhibition In Nachbars Garten (In a Neighbour’s Garden) of young German art is the Moscow debut of an international cultural project Butterbrot. It was launched in 2009 in Berlin. Seven young German artists have been invited by the curators to demonstrate general trends in the development of new art in Germany to the Russian public.

The exhibition theme is a Russian proverb “Хорошо там, где нас нет” (It is good there, where we are not) and a German one “Die Kirschen in Nachbars Garten sind immer su¨sser” (The cherries in a neighbour’s garden always taste better), which represents a human craving for the unknown, unreachable and alien. The act of hosting a German art exhibition in Moscow may in itself be seen as a jump over your neighbour’s fence.

To hold a dialogue in the language of contemporary art is to encounter a broad range of forms of artistic media-practices, which on the one hand is a hindrance to communication with the audience, but on the other hand is enriching and provides freedom of interpretation. The curators are curious as to whether the audience will apprehend the art-messages of the artists, and if the artists will be able to awaken interest and excite the public at the Moscow Biennale for Young Art to engage in discussions about the work. Butterbrot is planning a corresponding exhibition for 2013, In Nachbars Garten II, of Russian artists in Berlin.

Alexandra Goloborodko & Alexandra Yuryeva-Tsivyan

Organized by
Butterbrot. International Cultural Project

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.