July 16 — October 16, 2022
Paintings, graphics, sculptures and art objects of Russian artists of 1980-2020 from one of the largest Russian collections of contemporary art.
An art collection is always the result of a thoughtful and creative selection of art works by the collector. Investigation and uncovering of internal links and hidden themes in its structure is a fascinating task for an exhibition’s curator. The Arsenal exposition is the result of such investigation.
More than thirty works are in the limelight, revealing common features in the artistic and scientific methods of understanding the world by man. The exhibition space sets forth a system of coordinates where the museum, the collector, the artist, the work of art and the visitor turn out to be the interrelated components of cognitive process.
Human being, human capabilities and the need for exploring the world. A dialogue between the objective and the figurative realities. A study of artistic language as of the form of description of reality. These are just a few topics offered for review in the exhibition space.
The exposition includes works by:
Andrey Abramov, Nikita Alexeev, Vagrich Bakhchanyan, Elena Elagina, Vladislav Efimov, Alyona Kirtsova, Igor Makarevich, Andrei Monastyrski, Alexey Pankin, Roman Sakin, Ivan Chuikov, Sergei Shutov.
Stella Art Foundation has with pleasure and gratitude accepted the Arsenal’s offer to organize an exhibition of the Foundation’s collection on the 25th anniversary of the Nizhny Novgorod museum that over the years has become an important contemporary art institution for the whole country. For many years the Foundation and the Arsenal have been collaborating at various levels and in various fields. But such a massive exhibition is our first big joint project. For the Foundation the Arsenal’s exhibition is the start of a big program encompassing various regions of Russia. The Arsenal’s interest in the Stella Art Foundation’s collection and the concept of the exhibition created by the curators in Nizhny Novgorod open one of the collection’s dimensions, give new representation and interpretation of the works of contemporary Russian artists. We have no doubt that the exhibition will be a powerful start not only of cooperation with Nizhny Novgorod, but of the entire regional program of Stella Art Foundation.
Director of Stella Art Foundation
The project is timed to coincide with the Arsenal’s 25th anniversary
Tour “Man. Object. Art”
The methods of understanding the world have been known for a long time: science, art, personal experience. The museum space as a laboratory, the viewer as a researcher, the art objects as results of experiments will let the visitor expand his or her world landscape. Visitors will be able to experience the same frame of reference as the art works, artists, museum and collectors.