BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Special Art Project of the Third Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art
National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Moscow, Zoologicheskaya st., 13, build. 2.)
September 26 – October 25, 2009
Opening – September 26 at 7 p.m.
Round-table discussion – September 28 at 5 p.m.
Organizers: Goethe Institute in Russia, National Centre for Contemporary Arts
Project curator: Irina Tchesnokova
26 September – 25 October, 2009 in the frames of special programme of the Third Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art a final Russian-German exhibition of the project «Art on Site» will take place. The Kaliningrad branch of CNNC presents Beauty and the Beast project of the art duo EMPFANGSHALLE (Corbinian Böhm and Michael Gruber) from Munich, Germany.
The project is realized in the frames of the international programme Art on Site, initiated by the Goethe Institute in Russia and the National Centre for Contemporary Arts. The programme stimulates creation of new art works with the help of immersion of German artists into an unknown urban environment. It helps to look at Ekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod and Sankt-Petersburg through the prism of each author.
Beauty and the Beast by the art duo Empfangshalle is a project about Kaliningrad and perception of Beauty. The main part of the project, a photo session, took place from 18 till 20 of June, 2009 on the territory of the House of Soviets, which earned notoriety as one on the worst examples of post-war Soviet achitecture. Artists invited pairs with their favorite cars to the project. Photographs captured images of beautiful girls and posh cars against the modern «Beast». The best photo of the project was defined by open voting on the Internet portal www.kaliningradcity.ru. Darya Malisheva was chosen as a winner of the project. Her photo would be a basis for the biggest amber painting in the world, (230×133,5 cm), made by the art duo with the help of amber painters Alexander Jurizin and Viktor Ivanov, Kaliningrad.
«Munich art duo Empfangshalle makes their entire projects in public environment, the projects are never about environment as such, but ever about its inhabitants. For them, Art on Site is always art of someone’s residence. Empfangshalle are ironical researchers of public opinion and mood. Their project in Kaliningrad resulted in a social study, an attempt to set a trap for genius loci, made of inhabitants’ psyches».
Anna Matveeva, art critic
The project is realized with the financial assistance of the European Union in the frames of launching initiatives in cooperation in the area of culture between the European Union and Russia.
Information support of the project: web portal KaliningradCity
«Art on Site» project
3 Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art