05.07.2014 – 17.07.2014
Novokuznetskaya, 40, Moscow
Triumph Gallery and the Manege/MediaArtLab Center for Art and Culture present a group exhibition titled Moscow. Barocco. 2014 in the historic space of the mansion at 40, Novokuznetskaya.
Discussions and disputes on the origins of the baroque style in European civilization continue: was this the result of the Counter-Reformation, the affirmation of which demanded a grandiose art that could disturb spectators' emotions? Or was it a counterweight to the magnificence of Mediterranean culture, putting a sense of form in the foreground to undercut progressive northern pragmatism? "Aristocratic conservatism", writes Arkady Ippolitov, "in this interpretation, becomes the dominant style, and baroque acquires a character of melancholic doom alongside an aggressive reactionary element".
"At the same time, baroque is a degeneration, deformity, 'the pearl of imperfect form.' Why did it become imperfect, and what is perfection, at the end of the day?" These are the questions posed by the exhibition's curator, the artist Antonina Baever. "Strangeness gradually becoming the norm, creating its own institutions – doesn't that have the right to exist too? Answering in the negative would be to begin the creation of a new Sparta; answering positively is to admit that any vice, sooner or later, will become the norm."
The baroque era was a transitional stage in the development of culture combining rules, kitsch and a lofty style taken to the extremes of the absurd. An underlying tendency to reference the baroque style among various contemporary artists will be presented at the Moscow. Barocco. 2014 exhibition. Young artists have reinterpreted the historic style and reflect on the boundaries of the phenomenon and “degeneration of the genre” as a resource in various media — painting, photography, sculpture, installations, video and photography.
Over the entire course of the exhibition, the organizers will be arranging excursions with the artists, as well as an educational program in which specialists on baroque in the visual arts and architecture will consider the links between that era and the present day.