Russian Renaissance Brot Kunsthalle, Vienna January 18 – February 27, 2012
Brot Kunsthalle, the Vienna art gallery, is beginning the new year with the contemporary art exhibition, Russian Renaissance, in which works of Russia's most popular artists will be put on display in this one-time bread factory.
The exhibition is being curated by the art historian, Vasilina Verdi, in cooperation with Hans Knoll (1956) – the well-known gallery owner, producer of international art projects and Webster University professor. Knoll's many years of work experience and research have given him a side-line view of the situation in the Russian art market.
The exhibition's title brings to mind the European cultural “awakening”, which spanned from the 14th century to the middle of the 16th. When put to Russia, however, the word “renaissance” becomes heavy with connotation. Verdi points to the quote by the notable literary critic, Dmitry Sergeyevitch Lichachev (1906-1999), in which he stated that the Russian renaissance “was only prepared, but for some reason, wasn't materialized in time and acquired a long-term, diffuse nature.” This description allows one to label as a “renaissance” virtually any historical period of Russia, even up to the modern day.
AES+F. Liberty. 1996. Owned by the Knoll Galerie, Vienna
Participants in the project include: AES+F, Blue Noses, Anatoly Osmolovsky (1969) and Vladimir Anselm – but a few of the notable Russian artists represented.
Blue Noses Group. “Home Video”, video installation. Swarovski crystal objects. 2010