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Inside the Marble Palace (Sound, Dance, Performance)

Xavier Veilhan. Le film du Japon. 2002
16 may 2018—30 june 2018
Film “Le film du Japon” (2002) by Xavier Veilhan will be on display between May 16 and June 30 as part of the project “Inside the Marble Palace (Sound, Dance, Performance).”

Xavier Veilhan is a French artist and sculptor who works with popular imagination, be it the world of Pop Art, comics, cinema, or video games. One of his earliest large-scale works, “One, Two,” was created at the Russian Museum, within the legendary exhibition “Territory of Art. Laboratory” in 1990. In 2009, he created a widely popular project at the Versailles palace complex, which included a series of colourful sculptures depicting his famous architects as well as Yuri Gagarin. In 2015, he made a sculpture of Daft Punk band members without their iconic robot helmets. The musicians commented, “If someone wants to see us the way we are in real life, they will have to look at the sculpture.” In 2017, Veilhan represented France at the 57th Venice biennale. The artist transformed the national pavilion into a music studio. “Le film du Japon” was filmed at the Center for Contemporary Art Kitakyushu, Japan. The characters on screen perform some kind of a national dance and construct sculptural mobiles.

“Inside the Marble Palace (Sound, Dance, Performance)” is a joint project of the Russian Museum and Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris, France.

“Inside the Marble Palace” is a series of nine exhibitions exploring performativity in which dance and sound play a significant part. Ever since the time of its emergence, video art was closely connected with performance. The possibility to record and show at the same time, the use of time as one of the main elements — all of this provides common ground between performance and video art. The artists visualize sound and vocalize space; saturate their works with dense sound or deafening silence; refer to the performance tradition and avant-garde choreography; reinterpret popular tunes and film stills that serve as cultural archaeology and a breeding ground for their art.

June 14, Thursday, 7 p.m., the Marble Palace will host an ambient & sound art live performance by Jean-Yves Leloup, founder of the band Radiomentale. 

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Igor Tcholaria. Taming the Chaos

Igor Tcholaria. Taming the Chaos

23 september—7 november 2022

Taming the Chaos, a solo exhibition of the work of Igor Tcholaria, numbers some 60 paintings, graphic artworks and sculptures. Igor Tcholaria was born in Abkhazia, which stretches along the coast of the Black Sea. He received his basic grounding in art at the Sukhumi Art School, and subsequently continued his education in Leningrad, at the Vera Mukhina School and the Academy of Arts.

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Armchairs, chairs and stools in Russian art of the 18th-20th centuries

18 august—10 october 2022

This exhibition will introduce viewers to the furniture preserved in the Russian Museum, a collection the public is not very familiar with. It will also open up a new perspective on well-known Russian works of art. What kinds of chairs exist? What are they made of? What do people do while seated? What poses do they adopt? What does an empty chair mean? A synthesis of painting, graphic art, sculpture, applied art, and design, the Russian Museum’s exhibition stimulates ideas on these questions and more.

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