"In Tempo di Biennale": two exhibitions


From the Exhibit Spaces of Ca’ Foscari at the Cultural Flow Zone (CFZ) to the Russian Pavilion of the Venice Biennale, many are the appointments to discover throughout the Biennale to fully embrace the cultural vivacity of Venice. The Centre for Studies on Russian Arts (CSAR) brings about an elaborate homage to contemporary art with "Tempo di Biennale" through many initiatives.

Valery Koshlyakov. We have never stopped building utopia
May 12th-July 29th, daily from 10am to 6pm, closed on Tuesday
Where: Ca' Foscari Esposizioni, Dorsoduro 3246
In collaboration with the Russian Impressionism Museum, Moscow
Curator: Danilo Eccher
Scientific Direction: Silvia Burini, Giuseppe Barbieri
Administrative Office: Fondazione Università Ca' Foscari Venezia
Scientific Office: Segreteria scientifica: CSAR
Opening: May 11th at 6pm in Campiello Squellini and Rettorato
Press preview: May 10th in presence of the artist and the curator

It is a wide review curated by Danilo Eccher of the artist who is being regarded as one of the most respected and interesting voices of contemporary Russian art, and who comes back to the Venice Biennale where his work was displayed in 2003. Koshlyakov, who lives between Paris and Moscow, has been exhibited in many prestigious venues: in Italy at the MACRO, in France at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and, naturally, in most of the major public Russian museums such as the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow or the State Russian Museum in St Petersburg. He has also exhibited his works in the Louvre in Paris, the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. The Venice show features works which allude to the Italian city and its famous Palazzi, but the architecture of palaces and their interiors, whether Muscovite or Venetian, will be the exhibition’s backbone. Koshlyakov’s large paintings resemble, rather, stage scenery, as if we were in the audience at a play entitled The Seven Sisters of Moscow, in which the starring roles were played by Moscow’s famous Stalin-era skyscrapers, exemplars of socialist classicism. In a sense, we can talk about "gigantism" in Koshlyakov’s work: a paradoxical gigantism which employs a variety of recycled media, including cardboard, packing tape, plastic, and metal. His magnificent "panoramas" hence generate an impressive space that captivates the eyes and imaginations of viewers.


Hybris. Hybrids and Monsters in Contemporary Art May 13th – June 28thWhere: CFZ – Ca’ Foscari Zattere, May 13th – June 28thSponsored by Cyland Media Art Lab, St Petesburg/New YorkCurators: Silvia Burini, Anna Frants, Elena Gubanova, Giuseppe BarbieriAssistant-curators: Angela Bianco, Alessia CavallaroScientific Partner: CSARPress Preview: May 10th-11th, 11amOpening: 12 maggio alle ore 18:00May 12th at 6pm

The project in the Ca' Foscari library exhibition hall, organized by MediaArtLab CYLAND, includes works by 19 artists from Italy, Russia, Britain, France, Germany, Belgium and the United States. The project examines one of the fundamental mechanisms of society - the connection of what cannot be connected, the problems in the relationships between “one's own" and that of "others", blurring the limits of well-defined concepts. In the exhibition, new technologies and old media create a space where the specific territory of the works is not set, enabling them to combine and influence each other, creating new "hybrid fruits" of the perception of art. Structured cyberspaces, post-Soviet reflections, geometrical and classical hybrids, art and life - all this diversity of works presented by artists suggests how releveant this topic was 5,000 years ago and how it still is today.


Finally the CSAR is involved in the prestigious co-curatorship of the Russian Pavilion for the 2017 Biennale: the professors of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice Silvia Burini, director of the CSAR, and Giuseppe Barbieri, co-director of the CSAR, support the curator Semion Michailovskij in Theatrum Orbis.

Theatrum Orbis
May 13th-November 26th
Where: Russian Pavilion, Biennale di Venezia
Artists: Grisha Bruskin, Recycle Group, Sasha Pirogova
Curator: Semyon Mikhailovsky
Co-curators: Giuseppe Barbieri, Silvia Burini (for Bruskin); Ekaterina Shcherbakova (for Recycle)
Opening: May 10th at 3pm

The CSAR is a scientific partner of the exhibit Man as Bird. Images of Journeys, sponsored by the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

Man as Bird. Images of Journeys
May 13th-September 5th
Where: Palazzo Soranzo Van Axel, Cannaregio 6071
Curators: Olga Shishko and Marina Loshak
Sponsored by the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow
Scientific partner: CSAR
Opening: May 10th, 5pm-9.30pm
Introduction to the Moscow International Biennale for Young Art: May 12th at 5pm, Aula Baratto, Ca’ Foscari