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Alexander PonomarevOctober 1 - November 15, 2015

Ventruviansky man

The Pushkin Museum with the support of TSUM Art Foundation opens an exhibition of Alexander Ponomarev, “The Vetruviansky man.”


Alexander Ponomarev was a special guest of the VI Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. In his work, the artist explores the commensurability of person and space. Continuously traveling, he realizes his ideas in an active interaction with the natural elements. Many projects have been implemented in the most remote places: in the seas and oceans, deserts, including the polar ice caps. Overcoming the forces of nature, rising above territorial and cultural boundaries, Ponomarev explores the laws of harmony and artistic expression.

State Museum of Fine Arts was named after AS Pushkin. Its architecture and collections provided an ideal space for the implementing the artist’s plan. The exhibition “Vetruviansky man,” with the help of modern methods of building installations, finds a point of “crossing” of the past and the present, the immutable constants of culture. The exhibition consists of two equal and complementary parts: the traditional exhibition halls of the Museum, and a bright, unexpected installation that completely transforms its facade. In the spirit of today’s popular genre of “intervention”, “Vetruviansky man” not only invades the “sacred museum space”, changing them, but also allows you to shift the focus of perception to discover common and different cultural codes of different eras.

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Alexander Ponomarev (b. 1957) is a Russian artist who lives and works in Moscow. A nautical engineer and a practiced submariner, Ponomarev uses experiences obtained from his travels to the depths of oceans and across arctic terrains as a lens through...

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