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Robert Longo: Untitled (Mike Test/Head of Goya), 2003 Charcoal on mounted paper 182.9 x 243.8 cm Collection of the artist
Robert Longo: Untitled (Mike Test/Head of Goya), 2003 Charcoal on mounted paper 182.9 x 243.8 cm
Collection of the artist
Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo
MOSCOW  •  Garage Museum of Contemporary Art  •  30 September 2016 - 5 February 2017

Featuring works by Francisco Goya (1746-1828), Sergei Eisenstein (1898-1948) and Robert Longo (1953-) Proof offers insight into the singularity of vision through which artists can reflect social, cultural, and political complexities of their times.

Spanning eras and continents, each artist witnessed the turbulent transition from one century to another, experiencing the seismic impacts of revolution, civil unrest, and war. While Goya served church and king, Eisenstein the state, and Longo emerged during the rise of the contemporary art market—the dominant benefactors of each period—they all rose to prominence through developing nuanced practices that challenged expectations and demand.

Looking to innovations in technique and technology, each artist has worked across mediums—from painting and printmaking, to sculpture, film, and performance—but all continuously turn to drawing as a primary tool to articulate thinking. Rendering the societal impact of politics and power in black and white, the artists have diversely experimented with narrative visual forms, beyond traditional reportage, to chronicle events and provide an impassioned portrayal of the world around them.

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art Website

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

NSK: From Kapital to Capital
MOSCOW  •  Garage Museum of Contemporary Art  •  30 September - 9 December 2016

The first major survey show in Russia of the Slovenian art collective Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK), developed by the Moderna galerija in Ljubljana.

The exhibition traces key events from 1980 to 1992—concerts, shows, theatrical productions, performances, guerrilla actions, public proclamations—by the four core groups that comprised NSK. In 1992, partly in response to the breakup of Yugoslavia, the groups ceased working as a collective and launched the “NSK State in Time,” a utopian formation which describes itself as “the first global state of the Universe.”

The collective Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK) was founded in 1984 by three groups––the multimedia group Laibach (formed1980), the visual arts group IRWIN (formed 1983) and Scipion Nasice Sisters Theater (1983-1987). In the same year, the three groups founded a fourth group, the design department New Collectivism. Later, NSK established other departments: the Department of Pure and Applied Philosophy, Retrovision, Film, and Builders.

Within the exhibition, three sections follow the individual groups, and one is dedicated to the five departments, expanding the way each enacted the core principles of NSK within its own field. A fifth section looks at the key themes the groups critically examined together which, after the breakup of Yugoslavia and the formation of the new state of Slovenia, would lead to the creation of the “NSK State in Time.”

This first exhibition of the NSK collective is placed within the economic and sociopolitical context of the 1980s, a turbulent decade that preceded the collapse of the old world order and heralded the ever-increasing reach of capitalism. As a unique, selforganized alliance formed in response to this situation, NSK gave an atistic proposal for a different system and a different type of institution, developing its own principles of organization, economy, and terminology for the collective’s artistic practices. The proposal they put forward challenges the simplistic binary opposition of socialist versus capitalist ideology, marking NSK as a global cultural phenomenon transcending its specific time and space.

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art Website

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

Events in Opera

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Camille Saint-Saёns:  Samson et Dalila
Mariinsky Theatre


Samson et Dalila: By Camille Saint-Saёns
SAINT-PETERSBURG  •  Mariinsky Theatre II  •  30 September - 6 November 2016
Camille Saint-Saёns:  Samson et Dalila
Libretto by Ferdinand Lemaire

Musical Director and Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Conductor: Christian Knapp
Stage Director and Set Designer: Yannis Kokkos
Costume Designer: Yannis Kokkos and Paola Mariani
Dramatist: Anne Blancard
Lighting Designer: Michael Bauer
Video Designer: Eric Duranteau
Musical Preparation: Natalia Mordashova
Principal Chorus Master: Andrei Petrenko
French Language Coach: Ksenia Klimenko  


Dalila: Ekaterina Semenchuk
Samson: Mikhail Vekua
High Priest of Dagon: Roman Burdenko
Abimélech: Oleg Sychov
Old Hebrew: Stanislav Trofimov

Mariinsky Theatre Website

Detailed schedule information:
30 September at 19h
6 November at 19h30

Contact: Mariinsky Theatre II
34 Dekabristov Street 
St Petersburg, Russia
Tel: (7) 812 326 4141

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