Total Recall


13.11.2014 - 01.02.2015

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The “Total Recall” exhibition exposes the history of art projects that were held in Ekaterinburg in the period from 1987 till 2007 with the participation of foreign artists to the visitor. First performances and artistic campaigns in the capital of the Urals, significant names and art spaces of the twenty years, local experiments and exchange exhibitions, the first meeting of Ural factories and contemporary art: we want to tell the visitor how the artistic language and art itself were changing after the country.

In the 1990s and 2000s such notions as “installation”, “video art”, and “performance” were slowly entering everyday life. New ideas demanded for new forms and new language that was capable to describe them adequately and clearly. Without foreign artists and translated books it would be incredibly difficult to achieve that. That is why it is so exciting to address the press, read articles that were willingly published at that time by such newspapers as “Uralsky Rabochy”, “Vecherny Sverdlovsk”, “Glavny Prospect”, “Na Smenu!” and by many others.

Leafing through the exhibition catalogues, you cannot help but thinking how new the images you are looking at. Examining the photographs and videos that documented exhibition openings and artistic crowd, you understand how greatly they have influenced upon today’s social life.

It is these elements – newspaper articles, catalogues, photographs, video and newsreels, as well as spectators’ memories -  that the “Total Recall” exhibition will consist of.

Recently one can often hear statements that Russia has its own way which is by no means connected with the European one– and Western in general. That everything happened in period between perestroika and the present moment should be reconsidered. We suggest first performing “total recall”, at least, on what is related to art, and then trying to understand what exactly was brought by foreign artists and how they have influenced upon what exists now.

Exhibition Curator – Ilya Shipilovskikh

Graduated from the Faculty of Law, Perm State University (2008). Alumnus of the School of Cultural Journalism “Pro Arte” (2011) and the first Moscow Curatorial Summer School (2012). One of the organizers and participant of the “Plumpes Denken” art group (2008 – 2010); employee of the “Green Art” gallery (Perm, 2008 – 2009). Employee of the Ural branch of the NCCA, supervisor of the “Art. Science. Technology” programme (from August 2011 till the present time). Curator of the projects “Beast Style” (2012), “Hurrah, Ural!”, “New Aesthetics: Consistency of Inner Principle” (2013); co-curator of the projects “Port City: There is No Sea Here” (2011), “Experiments in Art-School”, “Life of the Others” (2013).

The exhibition was prepared in collaboration with the Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of the History of Ekaterinburg, the Sverdlovsk Regional Museum of Local Lore, the Faculty of Art History and Cultural Studies, and the V. G. Belinsky Scientific Library.

The materials for the exhibition were provided by the following people and organizations: Frank Williams, Eva von Wartburg, Ruth Kübler, Dorothy Churchill-Johnson, Leonard van Munster, Kendal Henry, Arno Oehri, Hermen Maat, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Michael Schmake, Andrea Zapp, Cecile Babiole, Tamara Galeeva, Vladimir Bykodorov, Evgeniya Akulova, Marina Sokolovskaya, Lev Shulman, Viktor Davydov, Anatoly Vyatkin, Marina Sergeeva, Alexander Nagovitsyn, Lidia Chernyakova, the Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts, the media holding “Uralsky Rabochy”, the V. G. Belinsky Scientific Library.

Working hours of the exhibition:

Tuesday-Sunday 12.00-20.00, Monday – closed.

Ticket price – 100 Rub; reduced cost ticket for students, scholars – 50 Rub; students of creative professions, kids under 7 years old and pensioners – free entrance.

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