"Danae" by Natalya Gudovich (premiere, 2020; oil on canvas, gold leaf)
"Danae is the “vestal virgin” of the Greek epic, imprisoned in a copper cellar by a tyrant father. Contemporary Danae is limited in its own cultural layers and frameworks, finds an outlet for feelings in the virtual dimension through simulacra and intangible images," says the artist.
"Untitled" by Dmitry Shabalin (premiere, 2021; masks — a collage of ready-made objects, mixed method)
“In Shabalin's art objects, assembled from objects that surround the artist in everyday life, one can feel the spirit of the current mass culture, passed through the author's own experience. Shabalin comes up with images based on his dreams and memories from childhood. In the postmodern fantasy universe created by the author, mythological warrior-gods and ancient Egyptian priests coexist with the characters of Mortal Kombat, Spider-Man and Transformers." (art critic, curator Konstantin Zatsepin)
For the first time, a part of the exposition dedicated to NFT art consists of works by one group of authors — AES+F, ones of the most popular Russian artists in the world art space. Underground Museum hosts three tokenized video works:
Inverso Mundus. Circle of Life (2015)
Inverso Mundus (The Upside Down World) premiered at the 56th Venice Biennale. Later, the work was shown at the Kochi-Muziris Biennial in India, as well as in museums and festivals around the world. “The title of the work Inverso (translated from Italian as “reverse, opposite”, and from Old Italian as “poetry”) and Mundus (translated from Latin as “world”) indicates the need to rethink reality and poetize perception. In our interpretation, the absurdist scenes of the medieval carnival turn into episodes of modern life,” the artists say.
Allegoria Sacra, Dragon Plane (2011–2013)
Allegoria Sacra, Reincarnation (2011–2013)
Fragments of the third part of the trilogy The Liminal Space — video installation Allegoria Sacra ("Sacred Allegory"). For her, the authors received the Pino Pascali Prize (2015), the main award of the Nord Art festival in Germany (2014), award in the category "Project of the Year" of the Kandinsky Prize (2012) and the Sergey Kuryokhin Prize (2011).
The work of the artists is inspired by the work of the Italian Renaissance master Giovanni Bellini "Sacred Allegory". According to one interpretation, the painting depicts purgatory, where the souls of the righteous — virtuous pagans and unbaptized children — await their fate, heaven or hell.
AES+F see the heroes of Bellini in those passengers who accidentally meet while waiting for their flight at international airports. There is a sense of isolation from life in these images, a certain incompleteness of the goal of travel from one world to another is read. “We envision the airport as a space where reality transforms. The airport is purgatory. Only there you can realize that understanding your “tomorrow” is a complete illusion.”
Tickets for the exhibition are available in "Schedule and Tickets", at terminals in the park and at the entrance of Underground Museum.
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