NCCA Volga-Vyatka Branch as part of ROSIZO
at the beginning of autumn hosts in Nizhny Novgorod
the only Russian festival of texts about art ‘
Vazari. Classics Today’.
September 22–24, 2017
Kremlin, Building 6, Nizhny Novgorod
with the support of
the Volga Region Cultural Capital Foundation, SDV Arts & Science Foundation,
Vladimir Potanin Foundation, Nizhny Novgorod State Art Museum,
European University at Saint-Petersburg, Arzamas Academy.
The relevance of the festival is due to the need for rapprochement between art and the viewer. Its goal is to give the public a key to understand the artistic language and to teach reflection by discussing a variety of professional texts about art ranging from academic studies to opinion journalism.
This year’s VAZARI festival is focused around the topic ‘Classics today’ and will try to answer three basic questions: what is classics, why do we need it, and how to work with it? Works labeled as ‘classical’ have recently grown more popular with the Russian audience. This becomes evident not only because of huge lines for the exhibitions of artists who created centuries ago, but also because of the constantly increasing number of books and courses on art history. Artists, theater directors and writers also actively engage with classical themes, re-thinking the plots and values which are important for themselves as well as the society.
The festival will become a platform that initiates discussion of the term ‘classics’ and its significance for different art genres. It will also focus on the status and existence conditions of the ‘classical heritage’ and the forms of its actualization, as well as museum, media, educational projects aimed at popularization and unarchiving.
The list of festival's special guests includes:
art critic Arkady Ippolitov (State Hermitage Museum), Russian avant-garde researcher Andrei Sarabyanov (Center of Avant-Garde at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center), art critic Anna Tolstova, philologist Hasan Huseynov (HSE), historian Alexander Markov (Moscow State University), theater director Dmitry Volkostrelov (Theater Post), musician Andrei Reshetin (Earlymusic festival), TV host Fyokla Tolstaya (Culture TV channel), a classic of simultaneous translation Grigory Libergal (Russian Documentary Guild).
The festival consists of three parts:
• a book fair with the books from the best Russian publishers that focus on humanities and children books;
• an intellectual platform with discussions, panels, lectures and readings;
• an educational program for kids designed to promote art.
The festival is named after the Italian painter Giorgio Vazari from Arezzo (1511-1574), author of the first ever full-scale research of artistic biographies and the founder of art-historical writing.
VAZARI Festival is programmed for the widest range of viewers and readers.
VAZARI Festival Book Fair
The fair will offer books and magazines from around thirty Russian publishing houses on art, culture, architecture and humanities. Special stands will be devoted to books for children. All the books will be sold at the publishers’ prices.
The fair will open on September 22 at 15:00 and will close on September 24 at 17:00.
All of the festival events are free.
If the event is marked with *, please register in advance via the phone 422-45-54.
If the event is marked with **, please register via the phone 422-45-54 and buy the museum entrance ticket.
Address: Kremlin, Building 6, left wing, 2nd floor, Nizhny Novgorod.
Phone: +7 (831) 422 45 54 www.ncca.ru/nnovgorod
Festival's official website: www.vasarifest.ru #вазарифест