The Far North Pavilion. Perspective 120 Years After


15.12.2016 - 12.03.2017

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The exhibition is dedicated to the Far North pavilion at the XVI All-Russian Commercial, Industrial And Art exhibition in Nizhny Novgorod in 1896.

Among exhibits are different models of interpretation of the topic related to the local history, yet reaching beyond its scope. Authors of the interpretations are an architectural historian, art experts, architects, an artist and a geographer. Each of them offers their point of view and language of description. Together, they create a discussion about study and representation of their country.

All-Russian Commercial, Industrial And Art exhibition in Nizhny Novgorod was an epic event of great historical significance. For the duration of the exhibition our city became a centre for demonstration of development of our country and its latest achievements in all branches of economy, as well as for representation of scientific and technical thought and the most recent trends in art and architecture. Among various subjects of the exhibitions, which are still relevant today and in focus of contemporary researchers, stands out history of the Far North pavilion.
An outstanding artist Konstantin Korovin was commissioned to work on a project of the Far North pavilion by one of the pioneers of development of this territory, an entrepreneur and a patron of art Savva Mamontov. Korovin was one of the authors which defined the Russian art at the turn of the 19th-20th centuries.
An architectural historian Natalia Bakhareva tells about the pavilion's architectural features. The initial project of the building created by an architect Lev Kekushev was later re-worked by an artist Konstantin Korovin. Korovin attempted to avoid the influence of the popular in the Northern Europe "Swiss style" which was offered by Kekushev, he added national flavor in the "old Russian spirit" to appearance of the building. The pavilion's decor is strictly artistic: silhouettes of fishes on the roof and northern reindeers on the terrace's balustrade, sculpture of a white bear on an ice hammock beside the pavilion.

The pavilion's project reflects searches for a new architectural language in the end of the 19th century which gave a great impetus to development of the Russian architecture. However, unconventionality and artistic intensity of the pavilion's appearance lies beyond of the epoch's style.

How would the Far North pavilion have looked today? How, with means of architecture, one can tell about territory, convey its image, visually demonstrate its potential and resource? These questions are answered by students of the MARCH School of Architecture (Moscow).

Konstantin Korovin set a goal to impress audience in a way he was impressed when he traveled to the Far North. As a result, he tried such artistic devices as total installation and performance which became popular and relevant only in our time, tells an art expert Anna Gor.

Train of thought of a scientist-geographer and an artist Sofia Gavrilova also takes us to the North where she regularly travels in our day. She mixes clichés, shows difference in existing approaches to defining the Russian North, and adds her own impressions received in expeditions. According to opinion of Sofia Gavrilova, the North is a strong sense of a net of social norms and rules artificially imposed on an absolutely different life, space, sense of time.
Interdisciplinary creative approaches to understanding of the historical past provide us with a volumetric representation and projections into the future.

Opening hours: Tue. — Sun. 12:00–20:00
Admission fee: 150 rub., discount tickets — 100 rub.
Free admission on Wednesdays.
Address: Nizhny Novgorod, Arsenal, Kremlin, building 6.
Phone: 8 (831) 422 45 54,

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