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The Moscow Museum of Modern Art and the AVC Charity Foundation present On the Path of Gumilev, an interdisciplinary project by Vasily Vlasov and Mikhail Pogarsky, bringing together visual art, literature, geopoetics, history and ethnography. The exhibition dwells on the eponymous art expedition to Ethiopia that the artists Vasily Vlasov and Mikhail Pogarsky embarked on in April 2017. The authors claim to have invented a new art form, the said art expedition, wherein adventurers go in search of not so much artifacts but, first of all, artistic impressions. The project deals with new methods to operate space, memory, art genres and the heritage of Nikolay Gumilev, a poet, translator and explorer of Africa. Repeating the itinerary of Gumilev’s many-time wandering across the African continent, the artists rediscover the magical land, develop and transform the poet’s ideas, inviting the viewers to take part in their journey. On the Path of Gumilev is the first exhibition in Vasily Vlasov and Mikhail Pogarsky’s programme The Artist and Poet’s Book that focuses on the concept of interaction and seeks to establish an atemporal dialogue with great Russian poets through the new artistic media. It is also the second project in the Artist’s Book series. The display is comprised of 16 thematic sections exploring the cultural, geographical and social aspects of the far-away land, its change in time, as well as presenting and examining Gumilev’s own oeuvres. Thus, in the Metamorphoses section the artists plunge into a new […]

With the support of the French Institute affiliated with the French Embassy in Russia, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents the exhibition IT’S FORBIDDEN TO FORBID, the first part of a two-part project dedicated to the events of the 1968 movement in Paris and their impact on contemporary culture and society. The display at the MMOMA includes the original posters of 1968-1970 from private collections, magazines and newspapers of the time, video interviews with the protesters, special literature, documentaries and feature films, as well as a timeline of the 1968 movement events in France, Vietnam and Eastern Europe. 50 years ago France experienced large-scale upheaval, which made history as ‘May ‘68’, or the ‘May revolution’. The student riots in Paris grew into a wildcat general strike and then into a political crisis, which led to the dissolution of Parliament and early elections. The events of that spring and early summer in France are compared to a revolution, which, even though it didn’t overthrow the regime, had a crucial effect on the transformation of government and society and jumpstarted far-reaching social and cultural changes. The events of May ’68 were the glorious hour of street rioting. As an instant response to the initiatives of the authorities, new propaganda posters and slogans would emerge each and every day. Many of them were creations of the so-called ‘popular workshop’ (Аtelier populaire), which during the movement events became virtually a clandestine typography. Among the exhibits […]

The Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents a large-scale retrospective exhibition of Mihail Chemiakin, held in celebration of the artist’s 75th anniversary. Including more than 250 works produced in various art forms such as painting, sculpture, graphics, the exhibition covers the key periods of Chemiakin’s creative journey and encompasses all the disciplines the artist has worked in. The show encompasses pieces from both public and private collections including the State Russian Museum, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the Mariinsky Theatre, the Mihail Chemiakin Foundation in Saint Petersburg and the artist’s collection in France. The show is curated and designed by the artist Alexey Tregubov. Polyus gold mining company is the partner of the project. In Mihail Chemiakin’s view, to be an artist means to be a hard worker and to draw inspiration from everything: be it the work of Western artists like Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and Chaim Soutine or water splashes on a piece of paper. One can enter into a dialogue with these artists and turn splashes into characters such as a rural teacher or a quaint sphinx, spying on a mermaid or a shoemaker with his wife, and even tell a story about each of them. Chemiakin’s experiments with form, techniques and materials are, first of all, a way to expand his own horizons and discover familiar things from a new perspective.

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