press release

Dialogue in Time and Space
Russian art of XX-XXI centuries
Date: FEBRUARY — MAY 21, 2023

Curated by Vladimir Prokhorov

The Moscow Museum of Modern Art together with the Sinara Foundation for the Support and Implementation of Cultural Initiatives are presenting Dialogue in Time and Space, an exhibition that will acquaint the viewer with the works of Russian artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. The exhibition will feature over 120 paintings, graphics, sculptures, and objects created between 1970 and 2000, demonstrating the richness and diversity of the creative palette of the leading artists of the Urals and Russia as a whole.

Dialogue in Time and Space is a project that brings together two large groups of works. Some of them were created in different cities and even countries, and others come from the Urals region. The exhibition is located within the Museum’s mansion on Petrovka, drawing onto its architecture as well as unique and historical topography.

The exhibition is divided into several sections, based on the issues most vital and fundamental for contemporary art, including ecology, urbanization, modern history and cultural self-identification. A separate space is dedicated to the subject of industrialization, central to the Urals. The exhibition, among others, presents the names of artists belonging to the Sverdlovsk underground, characterized by bold experiments with form, rethinking of the abstract school and practical constructivism. This serious research experience contrasts in interesting ways with the postmodernism of the 2000s and its ironic narrative. The most recognizable, charismatic artists are displayed in an idiosyncratic ‘hall of giants.’

To list but a few authors who provide the symbolic center of the exhibition: Dmitry Prigov, Timur Novikov, Yuri Zlotnikov, Ilya Kabakov, and Oleg Kulik. Works by Ernst Neizvestny form a bridge with the Urals, not only in their origins but also in their plastic method. The canvas that became the visual key of the project is the work of Valery Dyachenko, a representative of the Uktusa School, a legendary figure of the Sverdlovsk underground. The works of the Urals’ dwellers, Oleg Yelovoy, Nikolay Fedoreyev, Ekaterina Poyedinshchikova, Vladimir Seleznyov, enter into a dialogue with the works of famous representatives of Russian contemporary art, such as Blue Noses and Recycle, Alexander Brodsky, Irina Korina, Alexandra Paperno, Georgy Ostretsov, Ivan Gorshkov, Diana Machulina and many others.

The Dialogue in Time and Space project is intended to bring out the individuality of creative approaches. This method is the basis for the selection of works by the Sinara Fund for Cultural Initiatives to be shown in the halls of the MMOMA. The intersection of cultural and geographical models in addressing the specifics of regional art united the efforts of the two institutions and became a unique experience of their cooperation.

Sinara Foundation for the Support and Implementation of Cultural Initiatives

The Foundation supports contemporary art and creative initiatives in Russia. The Foundation participates in projects of such major institutions as the Bolshoi Theater, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the Moscow Soloists Chamber Ensemble and others. The Foundation also supports regional projects such as the Demidov International Competition for Violinists «DeMuX», the International Festival of Puppet Theaters «Petrushka the Great», the International Children and Youth Competition of Classical Dance «The Nutcracker Invites».
Dialogue in Time and Space exhibition at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents works of Russian art, including a unique selection of works by artists, whose biographies are inextricably linked with the Urals region. Short-term plans include traveling exhibitions in Russian cities, working with public artists, young designers and architects.