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Urban Formalism

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Moscow Museum of Modern Art on Ermolayevskiy   1 march 2007 — 1 april 2007

curator

  • Evgenia Kikodze

project description

Urban Formalism is modern arts third attempt, after the historical avant-garde and Soviet underground, to get a footing in Russia. Back in the 1990s, after the collapse of the Soviet dictatorship, art went ahead to meet the social demands of the age, yet the great social powers Russian modern art received at that time had a downside- namely, the desertion of artists to other occupations and the simplification and vulgarisation of art itself. But this present-day irrelevance and marginality of art in Russia gives artists the requisite free hand and a chance to concentrate on formulating the role and meaning of art as a unique activity. The call for formalisation in art is like the imperative of the firewall in architecture, a blank wall against which the next building could abut a platform to ensure the interaction and ensemble consistency of ideas and projects. It is a demand to forgo the false sensation of freedom, to know your limitations and, accordingly, to work at the extension of these boundaries of your capacities.

artists

  • Viktor Alimpiev
  • Architects Icing Group
  • Blue Soup Group
  • Alexei Kallima
  • Irina Korina
  • Anton Litvin
  • Vladimir Logutov
  • David Ter-Oganyan
  • Anatoly Osmolovsky

organiser

  • Modern City Foundation (Dilyara Allakhverdova, president, Claire Savoretti, director)
  • Moscow Government
  • City of Moscow Committee for Culture
  • Moscow Museum of Modern Art




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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