In one of our most popular pavilions, you can now see “Noah's Ark”, a work by Russian artist Maxim Kharlov. It was a part of After The Icon project, which is a nominee for the Moscow Art Prize in 2020.
"Noah's Ark" is a composition of the ribs of the old dome, thrown out during the repair of one of the Moscow churches. Maxim Kharlov turned them into an art object, preserving the original texture of wood, iron fragments and fasteners. In Ice Cave, the exhibit was placed on a platform covered with frost and ice. According to the artist, it is very symbolic that the work is now presented in such an unusual space.
“The ark and ice – all this reminds me of my thesis, as if it has now been recreated. I had a series of paintings "The Legend of the Midnight Countries" dedicated to polar expeditions. One of the works looked exactly like this: a ship's hull stripped to the ribs, frozen into the ice, and people leaving home. To be honest, I am pleasantly surprised that my “Noah's Ark” is standing here, because contemporary art needs such spaces. Museums are already packed with worthy works of art, and we, artists, need to look for new places,” Maxim Kharlov says.
The art object “Noah's Ark” has been exhibited in many Russian museums, including the State Tretyakov Gallery and the ZIL Cultural Center. By demonstrating this work, we are launching a large-scale exposition of the nominees for the Moscow Art Prize in 2020, which will be constantly supplemented and will last for several months. The launch of the Prize and the recruitment of participants was announced in November 2019, the competition is held in five nominations: "Fine Arts and Architecture", "Cinema", "Theater", "Music" and "Literature".
In the near future, all exhibition spaces of the park, as well as landscape zones, the River Overlook and underground parking will become sites for exhibiting the works of the Prize nominees.