Valery Koshlyakov a Ca' Foscari
WE HAVE NEVER STOPPED BUILDING UTOPIA
Curated by Danilo Eccher
Scientific direction: Silvia Burini, Giuseppe Barbieri
Valery Koshlyakov will unveil a large-scale solo exposition at Ca’ Foscari Esposizioni on May 11, thus returning to the shores of the Venetian Lagoon, where in 2003 he represented Russia at the 50th Venice Biennale.
Koshlyakov’s large canvases record images of internal disintegration, of things that have survived turmoil and shock, and frozen into classical ruins, as if trapped in empty monumental shells. The phantasms of cities, peoples, and eras succeed each other, the outward guises of an art that relentlessly demands the incarnation of Utopia. They are memories and daydreams in which the reality of landscape is imbued with the hunger for a miracle come true.
In this sense, Venice itself, with its magnificent borderline splendor, harmonizes perfectly with Koshlyakov’s grandiose pictures of magnificent decay. The Venice show will feature works dealing with this fabulous city on the water and its famous palaces. Moreover, the subject of architecture and palace interiors, whether Muscovite or Venetian, is the exhibition’s backbone. Koshlyakov’s large paintings resemble, rather, stage scenery, as if we were in the audience at a play entitled The Seven Sisters of Moscow, in which the starring roles were played by Moscow’s famous Stalin-era skyscrapers, exemplars of socialist classicism. In a sense, we can talk about gigantism in Koshlyakov’s work. Employing a variety of media, including cardboard, packing tape, plastic, and metal, his magnificent panoramas generate an impressive space that captivates the eyes and imaginations of viewers.
May 12 - July 29, 2017
Everyday 10.00 - 18.00 - Closed Tuesday
Centre of Studies of Russian Art
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