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© Antanas Sutkus: <EM>First Lithuanian bikers</EM>. Klaipeda. 1974
© Antanas Sutkus: First Lithuanian bikers. Klaipeda. 1974
Antanas Sutkus: Nostalgia for bare feet
MOSCOW, RUSSIA  •  The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography  •  7 April - 29 May 2016

The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography presents an exhibition of Antanas Sutkus Nostalgia for bare feet. The exhibition features more than one hundred works created by the master of Lithuanian photography between 1959 and 1979, many of which have never been shown before.

Antanas Sutkus is widely recognized as the forefather and inspirer of Lithuanian school of photography, which flourished on the western outskirts of the Soviet Union during the 1950s–1970s. Since his childhood, Sutkus dreamed of becoming a journalist. From 1958 to 1964, he studied at Vilnius University, where he became disillusioned with Soviet journalism and began to devote himself to photography. He was at the roots of the famous Lithuanian Association of Art Photographers and for a long time served as its Chairman. In the 1950s, when Sutkus just started taking photographs, photographic tradition was yet to be developed in Lithuania. He worked with no reference to any style or aesthetics. However, it is evident that Sutkus was inspired by cinema and literature. He drew on works by Franz Kafka, Jean-Paul Sartre, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Ivan Bunin, Vladimir Nabokov, and Gabriel Garcia Marques…

The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography Website

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Viktor Pivovarov:&nbsp;<SPAN class=irc_su dir=ltr style="TEXT-ALIGN: left"><EM>b-Painting: To Milena,</EM> 2005Oil on canvas 65 x 90 cm / 25,6 x 35,4 in</SPAN>Collection of the artist
Viktor Pivovarov: b-Painting: To Milena, 2005
Oil on canvas 65 x 90 cm / 25,6 x 35,4 in
Collection of the artist
Viktor Pivovarov: The Snail’s Trail
MOSCOW, RUSSIA  •  Garage Museum of Contemporary Art  •  17 March - 18 June 2016
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art presents The Snail’s Trail by Viktor Pivovarov, in celebration of the artist’s forthcoming 80th birthday. Revealing the mesmerizing interior worlds which Pivoravov creates in his work as a painter, book designer, illustrator, theoretician, creator of conceptual albums, memoirist, and writer, the exhibition includes works from the mid-1970s through to recent paintings.

The exhibition is the first in which Pivovarov has collaborated with an architect to create an immersive environment, taking audiences on a journey through his highly personalized graphic style. Pivovarov directs the viewer through a series of eleven rooms, each of which reveals a particular emotional experience. These include extreme loneliness (such as in the series Projects for a Lonely Person, 1975; and The Gardens of Monk Rabinovich, 2012–2013); poetic love (the series June–June, 1978–1988); mystical adventures (the Eidos series, 2000–2009); horror and death (Sutra of Doubts and Fears, 2006). The exhibition guide, written by the artist, expands on the situations, themes, and devices he uses in his work.

Taking a new approach to traditional painting, Pivorarov has developed his own complex language—through the use of formal graphs and tables, and imagery reminiscent of children’s book illustrations, posters, and manuals—to depict symbolic riddles, which he leaves the viewer to solve. In addition to presenting a number of key paintings, a significant part of The Snail’s Trail is devoted to Pivovarov’s use of the conceptual album, an art form he pioneered with Ilya Kabakov in the late 1960s. Consisting of pages of images and paradoxical statements, these large-scale books were originally intended to be shown by the artist to individual viewers in a private setting.

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Contact: Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
Gorky Park
Tel: (7 ) 495 645-05-20

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