Opening of Andy Freeberg's exhibition "The Guardians"


05.12 - 05.12.2017

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Program: [Contemporary art and contemporary society]


Representation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation in St. Petersburg

The North-Western Branch

of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts – ROSIZO

With the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation


Opening of  Andy Freeberg's exhibition "The Guardians"




The North-Western Branch of NCCA in cooperation with the Russian MFA Representation in St. Petersburg, presented an unique exhibition of the works by the American photographer Andy Freeberg " The Guardians " on December 5, 2017.


The project was created by Freeberg in 2008, when he photographed the caretakers of various museums in Moscow and St. Petersburg: the Hermitage, the Russian Museum, the Tretyakov Gallery, etc. The project was called "Guardians", which literally means "keepers", according to the photographer, this the word very accurately conveys the meaning of the role played by caretakers in Russian museums.


39 photographs were created within the Guardians series, in 2010 it received the Photolucida's Critical Mass Book Book award and was published as a separate book. The artist's works are in many museums and private collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Portland Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and others.


The original works were first presented to the public in 2013 in St. Petersburg in the framework of the XII festival "Contemporary Art in the Traditional Museum".


Heads of consulates, honorary members of the Diplomatic Club, representatives of cultural and business circles of the northern capital managed to evaluate the series of self-portraits of the guardians. The photographer himself greeted the guests on-line from San Francisco. The Representative Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shows 19 of 39 photos of Freeberg.

The exhibition runs until the end of January.


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