Art about mortality

For a long time the avant-garde has not been presented in Rostov so variously. Last Friday double opening took place in Rostov: the avant-garde exhibition "About mortal in art" devoted to the memory of artist Nikolai Konstantinov, and the new art-center «M», where everything happened. Smiling bright-red girl stirs pasta, boiling in a saucepan. When the dish is overcooked (certainly, not gastronomic, but conceptual), she catches it out of pot and hanging spaghetti across the fishing line. Along the way, the artist explains to curious public, the meaning of fanciful knots tied in art pasta. "Nodal points" - the so-called performance of Elizabeth Morozova from Moscow. The meanings of the action according to the program is visualization of «women’s memory of Italy» and at the same time the proportion of heavy fraction of housewife. As well as demonstrating the ability "elegantly hang up noodles on the ears of the viewer. All this occurs at the big confluence of public in new gallery " M ": its halls occupied part of the first floor of business center Rostov. - This exhibition - the first project of such level in the south of Russia. Moreover, the project is absolutely non-profit, - says the director of art center "M" Tatiana Kolovanova. Basis of the exhibition - the work of avant-garde, at one time belonged to the group "Art or Death", established in Rostov in 1988 by Avdyei Ter-Ohanian. According to the canonical legend, the name was born during a friendly drinking bout in workshop in the University: he chanted as the chants in collective campaigns in shop behind "additive". The young artists quickly became famous for provocative actions like the exhibition "Provincial avant-garde", arranged in one of the first cooperative toilet on the newspaper. Subsequently, the performance "Young atheist", during which Ter-Oganyan chopping as Orthodox icon over to his emigration to the Czech Republic in the status of political refugee. The name « Art or death » has appeared unexpectedly prophetical. Hardly having reached thirty years, Vasily Slepchanka was dead from household electric trauma. Two years later,in night Moscow street under unclear circumstances Sergey Timofeev (Tima) receives a fatal bullet in a stomach, by that time he has received popularity also as the leader of cult musical group « Pekin Rowe-Rowe ». Nikolay Konstantinov's death was symbolically represented by his friend Vadim Murin in a picture « Artist Konstantinov pretends, that he has died ». - Nick had to participate in the exhibition "You live", held in our museum in 2006., but just two weeks before the opening he was gone. Vadim refused to stand for now - says Svetlana Cruz, the director of the Museum of Modern Art at Dmitrovskaya St. Today, two years later, the picture of "Artist Konstantinov pretends that he has dead" opens exhibition dedicated to his memory. The group « Art or death » does not exist any more. And its members are going to complete the composition only on the walls of art galleries. Some exhibits exist only in the form of photocopies, for example “Mausoleum" by Yuri Shabelnikov. (The original represented a huge cake: cream portrait of the world proletariat leader and was eaten 10 years ago under the slogan "Lenin is in you and me.") And some can be viewed on monitors established in one of the halls, such as performances Avdyei Ter-Oganyan and participants of program Escape. According to Tatyana Kolovanova, in the further in M-gallery “qualitative modern artists with a world name » will be exposed. Unlike an exhibition « About mortal in art » (it will be prolonged till July, 26th) following expositions assume sale of pictures. Larissa GREKOVA

Art about mortality
Art about mortality
Art about mortality
Art about mortality
Art about mortality
Art about mortality
Art about mortality
Art about mortality
Art about mortality
Art about mortality