At first glance, the exhibition title seems to refer to the work of animation artists. But our focus here is not cartoons. It is the language of animation itself, which ever more often is replacing the language of traditional figurative art. The language of animation is not a professional corporate dialect, but a basic visual means of communication in the modern age. It appears in computer interfaces, on public transport, and has a place on the cinematic “big screen” as well.
The concept of “animation” includes a continual replacing of one concept with another. It’s not often these days that we recall the etymology of the word: “anima” means soul. When we speak of being animated, we usually mean vivacious and dynamic, alert and in motion. But the function of animation can be looked at from a different angle: its task is to unify people who may speak different languages through the use of images. In 1978, Yury Lotman predicted an amplified role for animation, as it allows one to see the picture of the world as full of heterogeneous elements coalescing into a new synthesis.
The exhibition showcases three independent projects: Mechanicus, Animators, and Man the Circuit.
Mechanicus is connected with the tradition of automatons that imitate people or animals.
Animators also begins with a reference to a historical prototype – the work of the “New Artists” of the 1980s, who masterfully expressed themselves in the language of animation, laying the groundwork for the millennial generation. After this we see the language in action in three different areas: the art of abstract forms, the art of reality and its social and ecological dimensions, and the art of fantasy and Cosmism.
The motif that runs throughout Man the Circuit, originally conceived in avant-garde art, has transformed into an effective and efficient means of discussing contemporary people and their place in the world (the anthropological shift, artificial intelligence, the dangers of standardization and unification…). In the exhibition, this motif runs through two groups of works. The creators of the works in the first group use established informational pictograms with figures as “found objects” of sorts, while artists from the other group create their own characters using similar form-generating principles. This is how the artists react to the changes in the cultural environment, nowadays entangled in nets of visual communication and overflowing with symbols and signs.
The project features works by Igor Shelkovsky, Timur Novikov, Oleg Kotelnikov, Inal Savchenkov, Sergei Bugaev (Africa), Andrei Krisanov, Andrei Medvedev, Vadim Ovchinnikov, Viktor Tsoi, Boris Kazakov, Evgeny Kondratyev (Debil), Ivan Sotnikov, Lera Nibiru, Maxim Svishchev, Andrei Suzdalev, Asya Marakulina, Marina Alekseyeva, Vladimir Rannev, Olga Chernysheva, Ivan Tuzov, Viktor Grigoryev, Mikhail Karasik, Andrei Lyublinsky, Evgeny Semyonov, Platon Petrov, Andrei Bartenev, Antonina Fatkhullina.
6 october 2023—22 january 2024
“The Collective of Masters of Analytical Art. The School of Filonov” existed from the summer of 1925 until the master’s death in December 1941. The school’s work was based on the idea of teamwork.
28 july—2 october 2023
The exhibition includes around 70 paintings and sculptures from the mid-20th century to the early 21st, taken from the Russian Museum collection and from artists’ studios in Moscow and St Petersburg.
The collection of masterpieces, chosen by the Russian Museum will allow you to make a first impression of the collection of the Russian Museum.
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