03.03.2021 – 29.08.2021
NCCA Arsenal, N. Novgorod, Kremlin
Art Business Consulting Group
Vladislav Efimov, Eror TOY and TOY crew
Sonya Kobozeva, Vladislav Kruchinsky
Vasya Zharkoy and Nastya Pozhidaeva
The Volga-Vyatka branch of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (Arsenal) presents the exhibition, 15 Minute Break, organised together with the Department of Research Arts with the participation of the Triumph Gallery and the Nizhny Novgorod State Art Museum.
It is the second and revisited version of the two-part project shown in 2020 at the All-Russian Decorative Art Museum in Moscow. The title of the exhibition, 15 Minute Break, references various practices of leisure and recuperation that we usually slot into 15-minute openings. On the other hand, this can be an unplanned gap in the rhythm of work that is hard to predict or forecast, since it is not linked to astronomical time. The pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns made us think about the passage of time. Unsurprisingly, labour and leisure turned out to be most sensitive to the impacts of such events.
The first part of the project is dedicated to labour and features installations, paintings, graphics, video, contemporary sculpture and photography tracing a route through the major topics of the day: working space, ideology and future of labour, office exodus and return to craftsmanship, as well as the digitalisation of work and personality which amplified during the time of self-isolation.
The second part, dedicated to leisure, shows two approaches to conceptualising this phenomenon. The first notion of leisure is based on shared experiences that emerge from active types of recreation — at a beach or a festival, during a feast or a hike. The second notion relies on the engagement into practices instead of reflecting thereon — these are the experiences of contemplation and inactivity, facilitated by visual and acoustic meditations, observation of nature and spiritual endeavors that have recently gained popularity.
Apart from the works by contemporary artists, the display also presents pieces from the collection of the Nizhny Novgorod State Art Museum: objects made of bone, wood, bronze, ceramics and graphic works, where artists from different epochs illustrate various labor and leisure practices.
“The layout and design of the exhibition are informed by one of the key visual associations with modern labour — a pack of coloured sticky notes. Thus, each hall becomes a bulletin board where artists leave their ironic, critical or elusive messages on the contemporary state of labour in the expectation of leisure,” say the curators of the exhibition.