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"BAROQUE: semiology of grandeur"
2007-10-06 until 2007-11-04
Moscow Museum of Modern Art
RU Russian Federation
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art, in conjunction with “Krokin Gallery”, presents “Baroque: semiology of
grandeur”, a challenging intellectual show aiming to redefine the concept of Baroque in the turbulent currents of the
XXI century culture. The list of participants is drawn up with some of the most respected names upon contemporary
Russian arts-scene. All of them have provided artworks in a wide array of media that in one way or another reference
the style, the spirit and the meaning of Baroque, as defined in traditional critical literature, as well as modern cultural
Participants: Yury Avvakumov, Konstantin Batynkov, Dmitry Tsvetkov, Anton Smirnsky / Vasily Smirnov (FenSo
project), Alexander Gradoboyev, Natalya Turnova, Nikolai Nasedkin, Platon Infante, Sergey Chilikov, Alexei Politov /
Maria Belova, Alexei Belyaev-Gintovt, Konstantin Alexandrov, Andrei Filippov, Alexander Florensky / Olga
Florenskaya, Kirill Chiolyshkin, Valery Koshlyakov, Farid Bogdalov, Sergey Kostrikov, Sergey Shehovtsov,
Alexander Konstantinov, Alexandra Mitlyanskaya, Lena Heydis, Vladimir Anzelm, Sergey Shutov, Olga
Chernysheva, Alexei Kalima, Yury Shabelnikov, Dmitry Prigov, Svyatoslav Ponomarev, Dmitry Shubin, Nikita
Gashunin and more.
According to the curators, the Baroque serves as an appropriate metaphor for current social, political and cultural
affairs that directly determine the present-day human condition. Its relevance is justified by inevitable analogies with
irrationality, erotic tension and expressive exaggeration of Baroque that spring to mind when one thinks of cultural
globalization, rise and fall of empires, ready-made sex, controversial foreign policies, clashes with terrorism and
violent big city riots – in brief, all those cataclysmic phenomena that undermine age-long humanist values.
Each artist has found his or her own set of visual symbols and motifs to reflect upon the idea of Baroque echoing in
contemporary culture. At that, the show also aims to represent the works as one synthetic whole, creating a novel
interpretation of a “grand style” – an integral concept of traditional Baroque.
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