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Alexander Ponomarev. Secret Fairway

event site and dates

Moscow-river   1 march 2007 — 21 march 2007

curator

  • Marie-Laure Bernadac (Louvre)

project description

Leonardo da Vinci painstakingly hid his projects and drawings for the submarine, probably foreseeing that the submarine was to become such a terrible weapon in battle.
Alexander Ponomarev (engineer and sailor) is creating a harmless clear underwater boat, a submarine fleet to represent the interests of the artistic community. Like a Trojan horse, with all its moving periscopes, antennas and radars, festive and joyful, it will appear in unexpected, unusual places, but no army will emerge from its bowels. It is like a signal that surprises and charms us. Having appeared in the centre of France and, oddly, having dissolved into thin air, it once again broke surface in the centre of Moscow. This unexpected voyage serves to remind us that our world is small and mysterious like an underwater boat.

organisers

  • Louvre Museum
  • Embassy of France in the Russian Federation
  • ArtEnergy Foundation
Project implemented thanks to Yulia and Rafik Abbasovs



A full-length article about the project will be in the catalogue of the 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art which is coming out on the 1st March.


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