MOSCOW, March 10. / TASS / The Garage Contemporary Museum of Art opens its doors on March 10 for the Contemporary Art Triennial, the art venue said in a press statement on Friday.
The exposition brings together works of over 60 artists from different Russian regions, from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok.
"This isn’t behind-the-desk research, six of our curators traveled across Russia for several months and studied the contemporary art scene. This way, we are uniting the regions with Moscow, including them into the process, even an international process. This will be an ongoing project," said museum director Anton Belov.
Garage’s curators visited over 40 cities and met with over 200 artists and picked out 60 out of them.
"We decided that we have no right to impose our theme-related fantasies on such rich and diverse material, and so we applied much more intellectual efforts to systematize it (the art). Out of that came about seven directories, the so-called points of growth, which allow us to describe Russia’s contemporary art scene. They are so universal, so that they can demonstrate style and conceptual key points," said the exhibition’s co-curator, Alexandra Obukhova.
The "Master figure" directory is composed of well-known Russian artists Dmitry Bulatov, Andrey Monastyrsky and Anatoly Osmolovsky. As the organizers explain, the artists were selected based on their influence, not bound by where they live, and also based on their ability to accumulate creative energy in their region of residence or other location in absence of developed infrastructure.
The "Loyalty to a Place" directory presents the works of authors who draw their inspiration from their place of birth or residence. Here, for example, you can see the works of Taus Makhacheva, participants in the main project of the future Biennale of Contemporary Art in Venice, Aslan Gaisumov, Murad Khalilov and Ilya Dolgov.
"The Triennale is an ongoing project, I hope that it will become a cross-platform and will allow different cities to communicate, for example, Izhevsk with Kaliningrad," concluded Belov.
The Triennial runs until May 14 and includes an extensive educational program.