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Campo San Fantin, Chiesa di San Fantin, San Marco
The Pushkin Museum, in conjunction with the Stella Art Foundation, will present in Venice a special project of the Pushkin XXI direction: “At the end there is a beginning” - an exhibition of works by contemporary artists dedicated to the 500th anniversary of the birth of the great Venetian painter Jacopo Robusti, called Tintoretto, which will be held during 58 Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art.
The installations of contemporary artists Dmitry Krymov, Irina Nakhova and Gary Hill will fill the space of the church of San Fantin, where Tintoretto’s picture was once kept. They will enter into dialogue with the canvas of the modernist artist Emilio Vedov, a follower of Tintoretto, and the historical context of the place. The project-intervention team! Mediengruppe Bitnik will complement the program and emphasize the atmosphere of belonging and belonging to the secret Venetian fraternity.
"Tintoretto is Venice, even if he does not write it," said Jean-Paul Sartre about the artist. In Tintoretto’s painting, the key category was space, in his works he embodied an infinite universe, moving and raging. Works of modern artists, specially created for this project, rethink the innovative approach of the great Venetian and offer viewers to immerse themselves in the universe of Tintoretto. Each of the works reflects the most important motifs of Tintoretto’s work, among which are the spiritual unity of people, the motive of the miracle, as well as his masterful work with the dynamics of space and the expressive possibilities of the world.
The project is not built as a traditional exhibition, but as a modern Mass, where each act is a new work that fills the entire space of the church. In addition to media works, the exhibition will feature a painting by the Italian abstractionist Emilio Vedova, the main follower of Tintoretto in the 20th century, entering into a dialogue with the works of contemporary artists.
Theater artist Dmitry Krymov creates a performative installation based on the “Last Supper” from the Church of San Trovazo. Interpreting the “Last Supper”, he constructs another reality based on trompe-l’oeil, a visual snag, in the altar of the church of San Fantin, thereby causing the viewer to doubt the correctness of his perception.
Irina Nakhova’s media installation consists of three parts, each of which refers to the works of the Italian master. All of them rethink the biblical scenes from the standpoint of experiencing modern history. An important motive of Tintoretto for the artist is the dynamics of the human mass, which has a critical emotional intensity. The turbulence of terrestrial matter is looking for a way out in the outer space, which is difficult to conceive, but can be felt through the drama of Nakhova’s media work.
The classic of American media art Gary Hill lays out the elements of Tintoretto’s painting into spectra and neurons and creates from them a new essence that sounds and flickers. The starting point for Hill is not the architectural space, but primarily the space of human consciousness. Combining visual images with an intense electronic sound allows for a deep synesthetic experience.
One of the later works of Emilio Vedova, presented at the exhibition, - Tondo - has the shape of a circle. It reflects the concept of time looping. Vedova saw the artist’s mission to record and re-broadcast the eternal themes of clashes that concern the whole world: war, injustice, oppression. Like Tintoretto, he operates not with images, but with whole elements, space. The form of the circle became for him the opportunity to go beyond the limits of the pictorial environment through the combination of space and time.
The exhibition of the Pushkin Museum will be the first event that will open the doors of the church of San Fantin for a wide audience after a decade of restoration. The construction of the church was completed in the XVI century, and the first religious buildings on this place date back to the X century.
The team will also take part in the exhibition! Mediengruppe Bitnik will hold a secret intervention project, allowing the viewer to enter into the secret Tintoretto fraternity. The atmosphere of secrecy, belonging and co-creation will combine their project with the theme of the Venetian brotherhoods.
Marina Loshak, director of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. A.S. Pushkin: “Tintoretto made changes in art that went against life that seemed regular or traditional. The theme of fraternities is important to us, including the poor fraternities on whose orders Tintoretto worked. This exhibition is about the role of an artist who does not work with rich clients, not in search of means of subsistence or personal comfort, but in order that a person should not be distracted from works, among which there is a liturgy, on which he will focus, and which will change him ".
Stella Kesaeva, President of the Stella Art Foundation: “In 2019, our Foundation returns to Venice for the seventh time. We represented Russia three times at the Venice Biennale in the national pavilion, before that, as part of a parallel program, we showed projects at the Ca Rezzonico Museum, at the Tiraoro School of Art and Battioro, and also organized a special event in 2005 at the Guggenheim Foundation. This time in collaboration with the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. A.S. Pushkin Foundation acts as a co-organizer of the exhibition, where actual art enters into a dialogue with the works of the great Venetian master Tintoretto, whose 500th anniversary is celebrated this year all over the world. ”
MARINA LOSHAK - Director of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. A. S. Pushkin, curator, philologist. At various times, she headed the Moscow Center for the Arts (MTSI) on Neglinnaya Street, the Tatintsian Gallery and the Manezh Museum and Exhibition Association, which includes the Manezh Central Exhibition Hall; founder of the Proun gallery. Since 2013 - Director of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.
OLGA SHISHKO - Head of Pushkin XXI, curator, art historian, researcher, author of numerous articles. Organizer of international events, festivals and exhibitions dedicated to the art of new media. Founder of the center "MediaArtLab", the oldest Russian institution engaged in the art of new media.
GARY HILL (born 1951, Santa Monica, USA) is a multimedia artist, one of the pioneers of video art who started working with video and sound art back in the 1970s and 1980s. In his video works and installations, the artist explores the relationship of images, sound and language (“Incidence of catastrophe”, “Between Cinema and a Hard Place”), body and technology (“Inasmuch As It Already Taking Place”, “Inasmuch As It Has Already Taken Place ”). The most famous installations of the artist - "Tall Ships", "HanD HearD", "Viewer", "Wall Piece". His solo exhibitions were held around the world, including the Center Pompidou (Paris), the Guggenheim Museum (New York), the Museum of Modern Art of Barcelona, etc. Gary Hill’s works are in collections of many museums, including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. He was awarded many awards, including the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale (1995), the MacArthur Foundation Prize (1998), and the honorary degree of the Cornish College of Art in Seattle (2011).
DMITRY KRYMOV (born 1954, Moscow, Russia) - director, artist, set designer. Member of the Union of Artists of Russia and the Union of Theater Workers of the Russian Federation. He graduated from the Moscow Art Theater School (1976). His performances participate in prestigious international festivals of Austria, Great Britain, Germany. Krymov’s performances were honored with the Golden Mask award six times. The laboratory of Dmitry Krymov is actively touring the world, including in Brazil, the USA, Australia, New Zealand. Since the 1990s, engaged in art: painting, graphics, installation. Participated in group and solo exhibitions in Russia and abroad. His works are in the collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Russian Museum, the Vatican Museum, the World Bank. In 2004–2018, he was the artistic director of the laboratory at the theater School of Dramatic Art. The director pays great attention to the interaction of the actor and stage space, as well as set design. Among the well-known productions are: Death of a Giraffe, Opus No. 7, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tararabumbia, Honore de Balzac. Notes about Berdichev "and others.
IRINA NAKHOVA (born 1955, Moscow) - artist, representative of Moscow conceptualism. Works in the genres of painting and installation. She graduated from the Moscow Polygraphic Institute. Since 1989, she has held more than 30 solo exhibitions in Moscow, London, Barcelona, Salzburg, New York, Chicago and other cities of Europe and the USA. Winner of the Kandinsky Prize (2013) in the nomination "Project of the Year." In 2015, she represented Russia at the 56th Venice Biennale.
! MEDIENGRUPPE BITNIK (Carmen Weisskopf, born 1976, Switzerland; Domagoj Smollo, born 1979, Croatia) are media artists who work primarily with the Internet. In their works, they explore the theme of the virtual space, including the darknet. Their works have been exhibited in many museums and galleries, including: the Minshen Art Museum in Shanghai, the Ljubljana Art Gallery, the Zurich Art Center, the Contemporary Art Center in Vilnius, the Teheran Biennale, etc. The group won the Swiss Art Award and was honored to be honored by the Ars festival jury Electronica. Their famous projects - “The opera causes. Arias for All ”at the Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art,“ The Accidental Buyer ”, for which they created an Internet bot,“ Sending to Mr. Assange ”, etc.
EMILIO VEDOVA (1919, Venice, Italy - 2006, ibid) - the main follower of Tintoretto in the 20th century; This succession was dedicated to the exhibition of Germano Celant in Scuola San Rocco in 2013. After a period of fascination with expressionism, in 1942 he joined the movement "Corrente", which opposed totalitarian art. In 1946 he became one of the founders of the “New Italian Secession”. In 1948, he made his debut at the Venice Biennale. In 1960, he was awarded the Grand Prize for Painting, in 1954 he received an award to spend three months in Brazil, and in 1997 he received the Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement. He taught in Salzburg, Venice and several American universities.
VICTORIA MARKOV - art historian, deputy director for scientific work of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts A. S. Pushkin, one of the world’s leading experts on the art of the Italian Renaissance.
DON JANMATTEO KAPUTO - Director of the Department of Cultural Heritage and Tourism of the Archdiocese of Venice.
JUZEPPE BARBIERI - art historian, head of the Faculty of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage at Ca ’Foscari University.
GABRIELA BELLI - art historian, director of the Foundation of the city museums of Venice.
State Museum of Fine Arts named after A.S. Pushkin
One of the largest museums of foreign art in Russia. Opened on May 31 (June 13) 1912. The founder of the museum was Ivan Vladimirovich Tsvetaev, professor of the Theory and History of Art Department of the Moscow Imperial University, father of the poet Marina Tsvetaeva. The collection contains about 700 thousand works of different eras - from ancient civilizations to the beginning of the XXI century. The main building of the museum is a monument of architecture of the late XIX - early XX century, and the whole museum complex includes 27 buildings and structures. The museum holds paintings of French impressionist artists from the collections of Moscow merchants Sergei Schukin and Ivan Morozov, works of art of ancient Egypt from the collection of Vladimir Golenishchev, as well as masterpieces of old masters and many other monuments.
Direction "Pushkin XXI"
Since 2014, the Pushkin Museum has been implementing a strategy aimed at attracting a new viewer by incorporating works of modern art into the museum exhibition. In 2017, the museum announced the creation of a new direction of activity - the program “Pushkin XXI”, which is designed to tell viewers about the newest art and its most prominent representatives. The task of the program is to demonstrate the art of "new classics", speaking the language of modern forms.
The mission of "Pushkin XXI" is to demonstrate the great achievements of world artistic culture and the comparison of modern and classical art. “Pushkin XXI” is an innovative direction, where all forms of modern art presentation, from painting and sculpture to virtual reality and video art, enter into dialogue.
Within the framework of this direction, the first collection of media art in Russia is being formed. The collection will include works based on works from the museum’s collection, site-specific projects and works that reflect classical art using the latest technologies. Among the first acquisitions are the video installations of Jonas Mekas (USA) and Gary Hill (USA), video paintings by Marianna Heske (Norway), as well as the trilogy of the Russian art group “Provmyz” (Sergey Provorov and Galina Myznikova) “Despair” (2008), “Inspire ”(2010) and“ Eternity ”(2011).
Stella art foundation
A non-profit organization established in Moscow in November 2003 on the initiative of Stella Kesaeva. The purpose of the foundation is to support contemporary art, in particular, to encourage projects related to the study of the art of the Moscow conceptual school. The collection of the fund includes more than 1000 works of art of the XX and XXI centuries. Stella Art Foundation has carried out in Russia and abroad about a hundred projects dedicated to the works of Russian and foreign artists, including in the framework of the Venice Biennale. The Foundation successfully held six events. In 2011, 2013 and 2015, Stella Kesayeva was Commissioner of the Russian Pavilion; During these years, the Stella Art Foundation presented three exhibitions of works by artists from the Moscow conceptualism school: Andrei Monastyrsky’s “Empty Zones” (curated by Boris Groys, 2011); “Danae” by Vadim Zakharov (curator Udo Kittelman, 2013); The Green Pavilion by Irina Nakhova (curated by Margarita Tupitsyna, 2015).
Church of San Fantin
The church building is located on the square of the theater La Fenice in the area of San Marco in Venice and bears the name of St. Fantine the wonderworker. The time of construction of the church and the name of the architect is not known for certain. Some historians suggest that it could be built in the VI century, others believe that the building dates back to the X century. It is known that the church burned several times. It was rebuilt in the XII century by the Pisani family, then, at the beginning of the 16th century, it was completed according to the design of the architect Scarpagnino, with the addition of the chapel of the Venetian architect Jacopo Sansovino, who completed the restoration in the middle of the 16th century. According to the archives, until the beginning of the 20th century, there were paintings “Liberation of Venice from the plague” and “Pieta” by Janbattista Piazzetto, “The Holy Family” by Giovanni Bellini and “Maria Visits Elizabeth” by Tintoretto. Now these paintings are exhibited in museums.