"CORPUS. Anatomical Theatre"
30.09 - 30.10.2016
North-Western Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA)
In the program of the 2nd St Petersburg Biennale of Museum Design
30 September - 30 October 2016
"CORPUS. Anatomical Theatre"
Museum of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts
Curator: Semyon Mikhailovsky with participation of Ivan Govorkov
Opening of the St. Petersburg Biennale of Museum Design and exhibition Corpus. Anatomical Theatre - Friday, September 30th at 17:00
St. Petersburg, 17 Universitetskaya naberezhnaya
The concept of the exhibition Corpus.Anatomical Theatre is unmistakably relevant. It represents the state of the artistic process, when the vectors of experimental and traditional understandings of art coincide. Such situations are rare and usually fruitful. In due time, Yuri Tynyanov mentioned this idea in the title of his famous article about poetry, called hyphenated “archaist-innovators”. In this way he could re-actualize many genres hopelessly out of date (like poetic ode) and gave a new interpretation to the authors whose names seemed to be traditionally classical. The efficiency of the described case is obvious. It could be fully disclosed only if the curator manages to “seize” the point of interference, interosculation and overlays. Delay – and the extremely important occasion of the reflection of art process will be dissolved in a stream of constantly changing events. Organizers of this exhibition didn’t miss the right moment …
The exhibition Corpus. Anatomical Theatre is dedicated to anatomical drawing, the well-known subject for professional artists. Anatomical drawing – a graphic representation of bone and muscular systems of human body is the academic drawing basis, the part of the compulsory program of art education.
Anatomical drawings by students and teachers of the St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts since the 19th century till nowadays and their works based on anatomical drawing methods and technique are shown at the exhibition.
The original drawings by Gottfried Bammes from the collection of the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden that have been playing an important role in education of many generations of artists are also exhibited. Albums from the collection of the Library of St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts will give an idea about the tradition of anatomical drawing in this traditional art school. Art works by Russian and foreign artists reflecting on human body and using contemporary media - video, installation, objects etc. comprise an essential part of the exhibit.
Thematically, the exhibition is divided into three parts. "Real body " – anatomic studies by artists, écorché, paintings. "Perfect body" – artistic searches for a physical ideal, and "Conceptual body" –contemporary artist’s interpretation of the problem, graphics by Damien Hirst, sculpture by Chapman Brothers, video by Daniel Spano and Masha Sha, holograms by Vladimir Kustov and more. Special part of the exhibition features Alexander Sakurov’s movie dedicated to the famous St. Petersburg scientist pathologist, Professor Oleg Khmelnitsky.
The exhibition design was created by Jack W. Schlechter, Park Family Director of Exhibition Design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The task was a challenge – to accommodate a considerable amount of art objects in two halls of the Art Academy Museum – Titian and Catherine Halls – which themselves are already museum displays with sculpture and painting installed all over the place. Jack Schlechter came up with both simple and smart decision – he "dissected" a long narrow space of the Titian Hall by a diagonal line of exhibition stands which not only navigates visitors along a certain route, but also gives them a new sense of space and their own body in this space.
One of the basic ideas for the diagonal plan is to accentuate the grand size of the gallery while also breaking it into zones that are more sympathetic to the scale of the art. The diagonal also suggests direction for the movement of audience through the space. The circulation path gives the visitor one experience as they enter the exhibition and move through the gallery toward the round [Catherine] room, and a different experience as they return to the entrance.
Jack W. Schlechter
Information: + 7 (812) 332 13 47, www.ncca.ru/en/main – North-Western Branch of the NCCA
Venue: Museum of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts
Address: St. Petersburg, 17 Universitetskaya naberezhnaya, Vasilievsky Island
How to get to the museum: Sportivnaya-2 metro station; trolleybuses 7 and 24 depart from the Admiralteyskaya metro station, buses – 7, 24
Museum Hours: Wednesday 12 am – 8 pm, Friday 1 pm – 9 pm, Thursday, Saturday–Sunday 11 am – 7 pm
Tickets: 500 rub.
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