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Giant Vegetables

The mysterious story of the summer of 1994, when giant pumpkins sprouted through the asphalt in the centre of Moscow — according to eyewitnesses.

The mysterious story of the summer of 1994, when giant pumpkins sprouted through the asphalt in the centre of Moscow — according to eyewitnesses.


In this audio performance along this route several characters (among them former museum employees, a philosopher, a waitress, a tour guide and some ordinary citizens) share their memories of the unexplained appearance of giant pumpkins in the centre of Moscow and their equally mysterious disappearance in the summer of 1994. In the oral testimonies of eyewitnesses, the real history of Moscow and an extravagant fantasy coexist on equal terms.


Original story and Direction: Semyon Alexandrovsky


Dramatist: Liubov Vink.


Semyon Alexandrovsky is the founder and director of the “Pop-up Theatre”


He is a laureate of the National Russian Theatre “Golden Mask” award. Contributor to the exhibition “House of Impressions. The classics and contemporary media art” at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. Contributor to the exhibition “Man as Bird. Images of Journeys”, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts as part of the parallel programme of the Venice Biennale.

History

Moscow art patrons and collectors

Museums, mansions and other buildings associated with the names of famous art benefactors.

Museums, mansions and other buildings associated with the names of famous art benefactors.


The history of Russian culture is inextricably intertwined with the lives of patrons and enthusiastic art collectors. This itinerary contains museums, mansions, former factories and other buildings marked by the presence of famous patrons of art and the pioneers of private collecting in Russia, who have significantly enriched the domestic cultural landscape.


Tatyana Yudenkova — Doctor of Art History, Head of Department of Late 19th and Early 20th Century Painting and leading researcher of the Russian art of 18th-early 20th Century at the Research Institute of Theory and History of the Fine Arts at the Russian Academy of the Arts. She is the author of many articles on the history of Russian art and on Russian art collecting in the late 19th Century, and curator of many exhibitions at the Tretyakov Gallery.

Architecture

Landmark Buildings of the “Four Museums”

From neo-Russian style and Neoclassicism to constructivism and Soviet modernism.

From neo-Russian style and Neoclassicism to constructivism and Soviet modernism.


This itinerary will allow you to form a view of the architectural diversity of the institutions that are part of the Four Museums and the iconic structures located near them. In the guided walk designed by Anna Bronovitskaya you will learn about the clash between Soviet modernism, constructivism, neo-Russian style, and neoclassicism; the personalities of the architects;and epic stories of the modernisation of historical buildings and their adaptation to new needs.


Anna Bronovitskaya is an architectural historian, director of research at the Institute of Modernism, and a teacher at the Moscow School of Architecture (MARCH). She is the author of numerous publications on twentieth-century architecture.

Art

Н³

Anastasia Ryabova’s geometric walk.

Anastasia Ryabova’s geometric walk.


The Н³ route has eight equivalent points. Each has specific coordinates: some of the points are assigned to museums, while there is no strict link to specific urban locations in the other part. The totality of these points is formed into a cube shape, which the itinerary user is invited to get a sense of and picture to themselves. The itinerary thus creates a three-dimensional space on the surface, redistributing points on the map so that this itinerary conforms to the shape of a cube.


In turn, the urban space actually distorts and deforms all faces and sides of the cube. In addition, all points are assigned their own name and poetic commentary. These phrases have no connection with each other and are collected according to the principle of a literary almanac. The resulting design demonstrates the imbalance between its multiple layers (prismatic geometry, literary images and the urban fabric) and invites everyone wishing to do so to themselves form some kind of balance, however fragile.


To complete the itinerary, you can choose the most convenient and shortest route. It is recommended that you visit all the suggested points if this is possible.


Anastasia Ryabova is an artist, researcher and teacher. The creator of existing projects artistsprivatecollections.org (an archive of works of modern art from the private collections of artists), “Starry Avenue”, “Night Movement ”, she has taken part in numerous exhibitions in Russia and abroad. She is co-author of the experimental seminar “The Politics of Drawing”, of the course “Introduction to the profession, the 21st Century” at the Rodchenko School and other educational programmes. She is a laureate of the Kandinsky Prize in the category “Media Art Project of the Year” (2010) and the “Companion” Award (2011).

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