Оn the 27th of June 2016 the updated St. Petersburg “Manege” opens with an exhibition of works by contemporary Russian artists — participants of the Venice Biennale, one of the most renowned world art forums. “Selected” highlights art objects, installations, painting, video and media art from the collections of the leading Russian museums and galleries, as well as from private collections and workshops.
Among the authors of the artworks: Yury Avvakumov, Dmitry Gutov, Oleg Kulik, Grigory Bruskin, Anatoly Osmolovsky, Boris Orlov, Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid, Irina Nakhova, Igor Makarevich, Sergey Shutov, Georgy Ostretsov, Leonid Sokov, Pavel Pepperstein, Sergey Shekhovtsov, Vladimir Dubosarsky, Alexander Vinogradov, Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe, Mikhail Roginsky, Konstantin Zvezdochetov, Valery Koshlyakov, Dmitry Prigov, Timur Novikov, Eric Bulatov, Ilya Kabakov, Olga Chernysheva, Andrey Bartenev, Sergey Bugaev, Alexey Rezvy, Alexander Brodsky, Ilya Utkin, Anna Zhelud, Vitaly Pushnitsky, Kirill Chyolushkin, Eduard Steinberg; AES+F and Recycle art groups.
Participation in the Biennale, both – within the Russian pavilion and in the main and parallel programs, becomes a prism through which organizers try to focus on the most ambitious ideas and new forms of the Russian art process of the last three decades. A movement from Russia to Venice and back, from Venice to Northern Venice, ends up in the “Manege”, where the showpieces of different genres and media types – all engage in a many-voiced polyphonic dialogue, revealing the context of current Russian art to the fullest extent.
The organizer – “Manege” Central Exhibition Hall, with the support of the Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg.
The curator – Semyon Mikhailovsky, a Commissioner of the Russian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, a chancellor of I. Repin St. Petersburg State Academy Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture.
Frolov Gallery has provided the exhibition with four artworks created by the duo of Vlad Monroe and Valery Katsuba from the Metamorphosis of the Monarch project:
Louis XIV opening the “curtain” (in the story); Louis XIV spying; Sun King (with the ships); Louis XIV closing the “curtain” (in the story).
The exhibition is running until the 1st of August 2016.