The Manege Central Exhibition Hall and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts are proud to present a new exhibition scheduled to open in St Petersburg on 7 August. Entitled NEMOSKVA IS NOT FAR AWAY, the exhibition will be the third in a series of events by NEMOSKVA (lit. «Not Moscow») – an interregional initiative which aims to foster collaboration in modern art. It is being held with the support of the St Petersburg Committee for Culture and the Potanin Foundation (the exhibition’s strategic partner), with Sibur as partner.
The exhibition will feature artists from across Russia, whose work will be put together by a team of seven curators: Svetlana Usoltseva, Oksana Budulak, Vladimir Seleznev, Artem Filatov, German Preobrazhensky, Evgeny Kutergin and Antonio Geusa. It will aim to demonstrate the relevance of regional artistic processes in a global context. The exhibition will be built upon the collaborative efforts of the organizers, regional experts and artists. Eighty artists from 21 towns and cities across Russia will be featured, with virtually all artworks being created especially for the exhibition.
The title of the exhibition – NEMOSKVA IS NOT FAR – is a reference to a famous installation in Perm by Russian artist Boris Matrosov which declared that «Happiness is not far away». Art made in the Russian regions will take centre stage, inviting the viewer to overcome all metaphorical obstacles and learn more about these fascinating art scenes. The exhibition will provide a snapshot of the current time, in which ties between the regions converge in one centralised space. It is a format which provides particularly fertile ground for a range of themes to evolve, including material resources, mimicry, care, personal time, independence, belief in one’s own abilities and self‑irony.
The exhibition will feature work by 80 different artists. Among them are Nikolay Akimov (Vyksa), Elena Anosova (Irkutsk), Alexander Borisov (St Petersburg), Anastasia, Vepreva (St Petersburg) Gorod Ustinov micro-art collective (Izhevsk), GUI art collective (Yekaterinburg), Anton Gudkov (Omsk), Natalia Egorova (Petrozavodsk), Valery Kazas (Krasnodar) , Dmitry Korotaev (Izhevsk), Varvara Kuzmina (Vladimir/Moscow), Asya Marakulina (St Petersburg), Nezhnye Baby [Gentle Women] art collective (Kaliningrad), Oleg Ponomarev (Krasnoyarsk), Kerim Ragimov and Pyotr Shvetsov (St Petersburg), Anna Rotaenko (Moscow), Ksenia Telyatnikova (Tomsk), Egor Fedorichev (Omsk), Alexey Ilkaev (Perm), Khochu Byt Sokovym [I Want to be Sokov] art collective (Chelyabinsk) and Alex Etevut (Perm).
The project’s commissioner and author of the idea – Alisa Prudnikova.
An accompanying public programme will form a key part of the exhibition, and will be made to appeal to both a general and professional audience. The first part of the programme will commence in the run-up to the exhibition, with online events taking place throughout June–August. The second part will consist of a series of live lectures and discussions at Manege, and will commence with the opening of the exhibition in August.