Volga-Vyatka region branch
of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts
with support of
the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation
within the project
Contemporary Art in Russian Regions
1 October – 29 November 2015
40 contemporary artists and 3 works of classical Russian literature:
Woe from Wit, Dead Souls, Wolves and Sheep.
The Russian Chrestomathy exhibition presents contemporary interpretation of classical works of Russian literature.
Woe from Wit by Alexander Griboedov, Dead Souls by Nicolai Gogol and Wolves and Sheep by Alexander Ostrovsky, written in the 19th century, are still relevant today; they acquire new interpretations and new meanings in various events of contemporary life. In 2007-2013 curator Vera Pogodina consistently offered artists to research these works. Exhibitions of the same name were held at the State Literary Museum within the 3rd, 4th and 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Arts; they presented not only explanatory illustrations for the 19th century literature but also authorial perception of the issues raised in these works.
The Russian Chrestomathy exhibition is the result of many years of work; it includes fine art paintings, graphics and objects which are arranged into thematic groups - Woe from Wit, Dead Soils, Wolves and Sheep. List of participants includes more than 40 Russian artists of different generations and ideologies which allows to see the whole specter of movements in contemporary Russian art. The project is adapted for the Arsenal space, some chapters are presented in short.
Curator: Vera Pogodina
Artists: Nikita Alekseev, Yury Albert, Sergey Anufriev, Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid, Konstantin Batynkov, Annushka Broshe, Alexander Vinogradov and Vladimir Dubosarsky, Sergey Volkov, Vadim Zakharov, Konstantin Zvezdochetov and Alexander Petrelli, Larisa Zvezdochetova, Aleksey Kallima, Maria Konstantinova, Irina Korina, Maxim Ksuta, Igor Makarevich and Elena Elagina, Boris Matrosov, Andrey Monastyrsky, Arkady Nasonov, Irina Nakhova, Nikola Ovchinnikov, Pavel Pepershten, Aleksey Politov and Marina Belova, Alexander Savko, Roman Sakin, Viktor Skersis, Vitas Stasyunas, Boris Stuchebryukov, Andrey Philippov, Vera Khlebnikova, Gor Chakhal, Vasily Shumov, Konstantin Latyshev, Sergey Mironenko, Stas Shuripa, PMP group (Prigov-Mali-Prigov).
Nizhny Novgorod, Arsenal, Kremlin, building 6, right wing
Entrance fee: 150 rub, discount ticket - 100 rub.
Free admission on Wednesdays
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