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"Art Constitution: The Illustrated Constitution of the Russian"
2004-04-21 until 2004-05-07
Harriman Institute, Columbia University
New York, NY, USA United States of America

The Kolodzei Art Foundation, Inc., The Moscow Museum of Modern Art, The Harriman Institute, The World Russian Forum and The New York Public Library present Art Constitution: The Illustrated Constitution of the Russian Federation, a new book published in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Constitution of the Russian Federation. Art Constitution: The Illustrated Constitution of the Russian Federation is a collaborative project reflecting the individuality of more than 100 artists of different generations.

The project, composed entirely of works from the last 10 years (the period when this Constitution has been in effect), allows us to trace the evolution and to see the complete spectrum of contemporary Russian art through the illustration of each of the Constitution's 137 articles. The Art Constitution brings together artists who began their careers during Khrushchev's "Thaw" and others who first distinguished themselves in the post-Soviet period, all of whom now enjoy the opportunities and challenges of artistic freedom in the new Russia. The book's 137 illustrations represent virtually all the artistic trends and movements of the second half of the 20th century. The project was organized by Ivan Kolesnikov, Sergei Denisov, and Petr Vois, with support from the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the Kolodzei Art Foundation, Inc., and S‚Art Gallery.

The Art Constitution Project features the exhibition of 30 posters from the Art Constitution: The Illustrated Constitution of the Russian Federation, book presentation, and lectures by the project's organizers.

A limited number of copies of Art Constitution: The Illustrated Constitution of the Russian Federation will be available for ordering at a discount of $50 (the regular price is $195, the reduced price is $145 each). Editors: Sergey Denisov, Ivan Kolesnikov, Peter Voice with essays by Zurab Tsereteli, Natalia Kolodzei, Ekaterina Degot, and Irina Kulik. Moscow: Alpha-Press, 2003, in collaboration with the Moscow Museum of Modern Art and the Kolodzei Art Foundation, Inc. (in Russian and English). 353 pages,137 color illustrations, hard cover, 2000 copies.

The Kolodzei Art Foundation (KAFI) promotes the contemporary art of Russia and the former Soviet Union. KAFI, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, has since 1991 arranged art exhibitions in museums, universities and cultural centers throughout the United States, Russia and Europe. Its Board of Directors includes distinguished business, diplomatic, and cultural figures important in US-European-Russian relations. KAFI also arranges Russian-American cultural exchanges, provides art supplies to artists in Russia and the former Soviet Union, and grants financial stipends to artists for the purpose of studying and working in the United States. For further information, visit www.KolodzeiArt.org.

The Harriman Institute at Columbia University was founded in 1946 as the Russian Institute. It was renamed in 1982 for Ambassador W. Averell Harriman and his wife, Ambassador Pamela C. Harriman, in grateful recognition of their generous endowment of the Institute. The Harriman Institute's devote its work to the advancement of scholarly knowledge and public understanding of the political, intellectual, economic, social, and cultural life of Russia, the former Soviet Republics, East Central Europe and the Balkans. In addition to preparing Columbia graduate students for professional and scholarly careers, the Institute promotes advanced research and publicly disseminates information, analysis, and opinion generated by its faculty, fellows, students, and other affiliated scholars. The Institute sponsors conferences, lectures, and other events for the University community, the private sector, media, policymakers, secondary school educators, alumni, and other constituencies. For further information, visit www.harriman.columbia.edu.

The World Russian Forum Annual event on Capitol Hill to promote US ˆ Russian cooperation in business, science, education and culture. For further information, visit http://russiahouse.org/wrf

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