RED – RED. YURY VASSILIEV AND CARL MICHAEL VON HAUSSWOLFF (RUSSIA, SWEDEN)

The Kaliningrad Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts in cooperation with the Consulate General of Sweden in Kaliningrad presents the international exhibition project RED – RED. Yury Vassiliev and Carl Michael von Hausswolff as a Special Art Project of the Third Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art.

Two artists, two dimensions – Russia and Europe – and two views on the content of a color.

Yury Vassiliev presents the historic «Russianness» of the color red, its totalitarian content and its connection to repression, the construction sites of socialism, bloody wars, communal life, economic collapse, social inequality, and indifference. In the «Russian red» the artist sees the wreckage of authoritarian utopias, the loss of values and the difficulty of attaining a new identity.

For Carl Michael von Hausswolff the color red has nothing to do with «red communism.» The color attracts him emotionally, because it «resonates» at very low frequencies: basses in the range of 35-80Hz. At this frequency – the lower limit of audibility – sound becomes physically palpable, and for Hausswolff these bass vibrations correspond to a very deep shade of red. In his installations, Hausswolff works with red as a magnifying glass that illuminates a specific architectural space, objects, and their details like powerful, 20,000 Watt lightbulbs.

The two «reds» – Vassiliev and Hausswolff – represent a free form, incomplete sequence of motifs and independent visual statements under a common motto, theme, or technique. Almost simultaneously, at the turn of the twenty first century, the artists independently began their artistic studies of the color red, and now the time has come to present both of their visions of a color’s dramaturgy in one space.

RED-RED project was featured in the frames of a special programme of the Third Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art and was displayed both in Moscow and Kaliningrad.

A presentation part of RED-RED project was shown at the Red October factory in Moscow from 25 September to 25 October 2009.

Фабрика «Красный Октябрь». Подготовка инсталляции Карла Михаэля фон Хауссвольфа

The Red October factory, preparation for installation by Carl Michael von Hausswolff

Фабрика «Красный Октябрь». Инсталляции Карла Михаэля фон Хауссвольфа

The Red October factory, installations by Carl Michael von Hausswolff

Фабрика «Красный Октябрь». Инсталляции Карла Михаэля фон Хауссвольфа

The Red October factory, installations by Yury Vassiliev

Фабрика «Красный Октябрь». Инсталляции Юрия Васильева

The main exhibition project was displayed in the Kaliningrad State Art Gallery from 9 October to 8 November 2009.

10 October 2009 Kaliningrad State Art Gallery, in the frames of the project Red-Red round table conference was held, it was dedicated to integration difficulties of Russian contemporary art in the international context. Art historian Ivan Chechot (Sankt-Petersburg, Russia), artist Carl Michael von Hausswolff (Stockholm, Sweden), curator Ewa Gorsadek (Warsaw, Poland) participated in the discussion.

Kaliningrad State Art Gallery, installation by Yuri Vassiliev

Kaliningrad State Art Gallery, installation by Carl Michael von Hausswolff

Project of Carl Michael von Hausswolff. Illumination of fire walls with red spotlights

Video projection of Yury Vassiliev’s work in the doorway of Kaliningrad State Art Gallery

Round table conference

The project is realized with support from the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Culture of the Kaliningrad Region, the Moscow office of the Ford Foundation, IASPIS, the Red October Factory, Kaliningrad State Art Gallery, CityStroy Service company.

Curators: Elena Tsvetaeva, Evgeny Umansky, Yulia Bardun






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