Victory over the future




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VICTORY OVER THE FUTURE”



RUSSIAN PAVILION

53rd INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION

LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA 2009

MINISTRY OF CULTURE OF RUSSIAN FEDERATION

53rd INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION

LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA 2009

RUSSIAN PAVILION

VICTORY OVER THE FUTURE”


Commissar: Vassili Tsereteli

Curator: Olga Sviblova

Architectural Design: Katya Bochavar

Assistant Curator: Ekaterina Kondranina


Artists:

Pavel Pepperstein

Alexey Kallima

Andrei Molodkin

Irina Korina

Gosha Ostretsov

Anatoly Shuravlev

Sergei Shekhovtsov


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NOVATEK
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Official partner of the Pavilion:

TSUM
With the support of:

KMB BANK, a bank of INTESA SANPAOLO

Aeroflot –Russian airlines
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VICTORY OVER THE FUTURE
Victory, as a phenomenon, has an endless number of philosophical, culturological, social, ethical and artistic interpretations. Victory is also an existential and emotional state, one of the primary determinants of the behaviour of each individual and society as a whole.
Created in 1913, Mikhail Matyushin, Alexei Kruchonykh's and Kazimir Malevich’s acclaimed Futurist opera 'Victory over the Sun' was an omen of impending catastrophes in the early 20th century. At the onset of the 21st century the world is once again in crisis, paralysed more by fear of the future than by economic recession.
Russian Pavilion participants Pavel Pepperstein, Alexei Kallima, Georgy Ostretsov, Andrei Molodkin, Anatoly Zhuravlyov, Irina Korina and Sergei Shekhovtsov refer to personal artistic experience and Russian avant-garde traditions deeply rooted in contemporary Russian art, creating their own artistic cosmos through their problematisation and metaphorisation of the theme 'victory over the future'.
An outstanding representative of the Moscow conceptual school, Pavel Pepperstein is best known for absurdist drawings, his landscapes of the future. At the Venice Biennale he presents a series of works in which uncompromising Suprematist elements sprout through the nebulous contours of future megalopolises. The utopian energy of the Russian avant-garde takes root on the decrepit trunk of modern civilization, conceivably resulting in a new turn in the spiral of history. At the exhibition the artist's own rap chant will be interspersed with Igor Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring', composed in 1913.
Anatoly Zhuravlyov's work relates to the issue of historical memory. Hundreds of 1cm-diameter miniature photographs of 20th century figures that changed the course of history in some way – from Gandhi to Einstein and from Churchill to Picasso – are arranged on chaotic, abstract black blots that cover the entire space from floor to ceiling like black holes. Playing with scale, structure and texture makes the photographic material particularly striking and raises the question of how the future is revealed through the past.
Andrei Molodkin presents a multi-media installation of two hollow glass sculptures, silhouettes, representing Nike of Samothrace, the symbol of victory. One sculpture is filled with pulsing black liquid – oil, the other with red – blood. Video cameras are directed at the sculptures. The projection on the screen combines the two images so that streams of black and red pulsate inside Nike of Samothrace, bringing her to life and symbolising the ambivalence of any Victory.
Alexei Kallima creates vast frescoes portraying stands crowded with supporters at a football match. They are overwhelmed with the joy of victory, or the despair of defeat. The frescoes are covered with fluorescent paint only visible in ultra-violet light. When the visitor is a certain distance away from the fresco, a sensor de-activates the ultra-violet lamps. The visitor finds himself in a white wasteland, perceiving the emptiness as an inevitable consequence of triumphant euphoria. 'Rain Theorem', the title given to this project, refers to the theory of chaos and the virtual impossibility of predicting anything, whether it is the outcome of a sports event or the course of history.
Irina Korina works with flickering factors and states, articulating the gap between recollection and presentiment. Her enormous fountains made of old, multi-coloured plastic tablecloths evoking strange biomorphic forms filled with turgor pressure.
Sergei Shekhovtsov turns his hand to the heraldry of the Russian Pavilion, which was built by the great Russian architect Shchusev in 1914. His foam-rubber installation for the façade of the pavilion transforms symbols of a new age into a contemporary coat of arms.
Georgy Ostretsov has devised an installation with a series of abandoned rooms, in the last of which a mechanical mannequin sits at his desk. This is the artist working on sketches for future projects. As the production of an oeuvre that outlives the creator, artistic activity by its very nature represents a victory over the future.
Olga Sviblova

Curator of the Russian Pavilion



Pavel Pepperstein

Perspectives of Development”. 2009


Series of paintings, acrylic on canvas, 100x100 each

Artist’s collection

Courtesy of the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow



Alexey Kallima

Rain Theorem”. 2009


Mixed media installation, dimension variable

Artist’s collection

Courtesy of the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow


Andrei Molodkin

Le Rouge et le Noir”. 2009


Multimedia installation, dimension variable

Artist’s collection

Courtesy of the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow


Irina Korina

Fountain”. 2009


Mixed media installation, dimension variable

Artist’s collection

Courtesy of the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow


Gosha Ostretsov

Art Life or The Torments of Creation”. 2009


Mixed media installation, dimension variable

Artist’s collection

Courtesy of the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow


Anatoly Shuravlev

Black Holes”. 2009


Mixed media installation, 300 c-prints 10 mm each

Artist’s collection

Courtesy of Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Lucerne



Sergei Shekhovtsov

CARTOUCHE”. 2009


Mixed media installation, dimension variable

Artist’s collection

Courtesy of the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow




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