Walter Benjamins New Year tree


25.12.2012 - 11.03.2013, 19:00-20:00

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Program: [Exhibitions]

Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation
Volga region branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts
The Cultural Capital of the Volga region Foundation
Archive of the Berlin Arts Academy (Akademie der Künste, Archiv), The A.A.Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum, State Film Fund of Russian Federation, Art and Pedagogical Toy Museum of Russian Academy of Education

with support of:
The Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany, Goethe German Cultural Centre,
with special contribution by the Robert Bosch Foundation

present the exhibition

«Walter Benjamin’s New Year tree»

25 December 2012 – 11 March 2013

The project is dedicated to the unique cultural hero – German philosopher Walter Benjamin whose art in the first half of the XX century laid the basis of art theory in new media era. However, it is not Benjamin’s philosophical works which became the center of attention, but the “Moscow Diary” – a cycle of private notes taken by the author during his visit to Moscow in 1926-1927.
The exhibition is made up in “total installation” genre. It presents the “Moscow Diary” central themes – the city, politics, love, etc. - alongside with explanatory materials: archive documents, old photos and film excerpts, museum pieces and works of contemporary artists. While not being a literal illustration of the “Moscow Diary”, the exposition represents its location, space and context with intrinsic presence of the author/main character. Benjamin’s history in Russia goes beyond text and becomes perceivable by sight and hearing, as well as sensually.
Enthusiasts conversant with Benjamin’s art comprised the project’s author group which prepared the exhibition in a form of “continuous” seminar: readings, discussions, study and research of the “Moscow Diary” text. The result of their work – collective inter-disciplinary statement combining facts and emotions, scientific archive and attraction, historic objects and witty metaphors.
Concept: Pavel Khoroshilov
Curators: AnnaGor, SergeyRomashko, PavelKhoroshilov
Author Group: Patrizia Bach, Erdmut Wizisla, DmitryGutov and DavidRiff, Alexander Ivanov, Sergey Sitar, Olga Chernysheva.

The exhibition is organized in the frames of the Year of Germany in Russian 2012 / 2013.

Information:The motto of the Year of Germany in Russia 2012/13 is “Germany and Russia: Shaping the Future Together”. From June 2012 till June 2013 Germany will be represented throughout Russia with a wide range of projects in politics, economy, culture, education, and science. The Year of Germany is established to strengthen cooperation between Russia and Germany, to offer ideas of solving global issues, and to open new pathways to a common future of the two countries. These initiatives are conducted under the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany, Goethe Institute, Eastern Committee of German Economy with support of the German-Russian Chamber of Commerce.
The project is sponsored by the funds of the Year of Germany in Russia 2012/13.

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