In collaboration with the State Tretyakov Gallery and Manege Central Exhibition Hall presents a major exhibition entitled Future Lab. Kinetic Art in Russia. It is dedicated to kineticism, one of the most significant movements in modern art. The exhibition provides visitors with the opportunity to experience a vast panorama detailing the development of kineticism in Russia in the 1960s–70s and its links to both the avant-garde experimentalism of the beginning of the 20th century, and artistic practices today.
The theme of transformation lies at the heart of kinetic art, both as an artistic form, and in the very process of perception. Mobility, mutability and volatility are the hallmarks of dynamic compositions, which transform through mechanics or visual effects. Kineticism was a post-war phenomenon which emerged simultaneously in several regions across the world. Much of its focus was on the rehabilitation of technological progress and the rise of the information society.
Much like their scientific avant-garde peers, the kineticists invented visual data transmission systems, conducted research in the field of visual thinking, and experimented with the latest technologies and materials. Themes such as the polysensory nature of perception, the algorithmisation of the creative process, procedure, interactivity, and virtuality all defined the artistic agenda of the period.
The artists not only sought out new ways by which to embody their concepts, but also expanded their reach to fields such as design, architecture, urban planning, and shaping the surrounding environment.
Consequently, kineticism is more than just a page in the history of art — it was a laboratory for artists to create alternate versions of reality, as well as of the future which we inhabit today. A great deal of what was once viewed as an artistic experiment is now part and parcel of our everyday lives.
The project at Manege will feature works by famous kinetic artists who set the scene for kinetic art in the 60s and 70s. It will also feature these artists’ predecessors, major artists of the early 20th century Russian avant-garde, as well as modern artists. The exhibition is comprised of four sections: Vision Lab, Art Metrics Lab, Environment Lab and Synesthesia Lab.
The exhibition will include a variety of forms and genres that constitute kinetic art: mobiles, self-stressed structures, transforming sculptures, optical paintings, graphics, collage, photography, video projects, sound and light installations, and interactive objects — about 400 exhibits in total.
Curator: Yulia Aksenova
Co-curators: Anna Koleichuk, Andrey Smirnov
Assistant curator: Alisa Prokhorova
Architecture: Ksenia Lukyanova
Graphic design: Andrey Shelyutto / Irina Chekmareva
Coordinator: Elizaveta Pavlycheva
Producer: Anna Yalova
Peter Aidu, Vladimir Akulinin, Vladimir Baranov-Rossine, Andrey Berger, Leonid Borisov, Dziga Vertov, German Vinogradov, Nikolai Voinov, Anatoly Volgin, Naum Gabo, Bulat Galeyev and Kazan Research Institute Prometheus, Vladimir Galkin, Ilya Golosov, Natalia Goncharova, Alexander Grigoriev, Movement Group, Mikhail Dorokhov, Rimma Zanevskaya-Sapgir, Yury Zlotnikov, Sergey Zorin, Platon Infante, Francisco Infante-Arana, Karl Johansson, Gustav Klutsis, Ivan Klun, Anna Koleichuk, Vyacheslav Koleichuk, Alisa Koroleva, Vladimir Krinsky, Georgy Krutikov, Ivan Kudryashov, Valentina Kulagina-Klutsis, Alexander Labas, Alexander Lavrentiev, Nikolai Ladovsky, August Lanin, Ivan Leonidov, El Lissitzky, Vyacheslav Loktev, Kazimir Malevich, Vladimir Martirosov, Mikhail Matyushin, Oleg Makarov, Tatyana Makarova, Pavel Mansurov, Konstantin Melnikov, Pyotr Miturich, Maria Molokova, Solomon Nikritin, Lev Nussberg, Natan Pevzner, Lyubov Popova, Yury Pravdyuk, Natalia Procuratova, Alexander Pushkarev, Kliment Redko, Alexander Rodchenko, Olga Rozanova, Roman Sakin, Pavel Seldemirov, Andrey Smirnov, Yury Sobolev, Georgy Stenberg, Varvara Stepanova, Vladimir Tatlin, Sergey Tretyakov, Ekaterina Trubina, Sergey Filatov, Velimir Khlebnikov, Ilya Chashnik, Iakov Chernikhov, Alexey Shulgin, Maria Ender, Konstantin Yuon, Sergey Yakunin, Recycle Group, Studio Stain, :: vtol:: (Dmitry Morozov).
With the support of
The State Tretyakov Gallery
With the participation of
The State Russian Museum
Bryansk Regional Art Museum Exhibition Centre
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
Kirov Regional State Budgetary Institution of Culture «The Vyatka Art Museum named after V.M. and A.M. Vasnetsov»
Moscow Museum of Modern Art
Russian State Archive of Literature and Art (RGALI)
Russian State Art Library
St Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music
State Budgetary Institution of Culture of the Tver Region «The Tver Regional Picture Gallery»
State Museum and Exhibition Centre ROSIZO
The New Museum of Aslan Chekhoev
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
The Shchusev State Museum of Architecture
The State Museum of the History of St Petersburg
The State Museum of V.V. Mayakovsky
Iakov Chernikhov International Foundation
The Galeyev-Prometheus Foundation
and other collection owners
With assistance from
Moscow State Stroganov Academy of Design and Applied Arts
Vladimir Amelin and “Peredvizhnik”
Andrey Brel and “Expo-M1”
Dmitry Krylov, Andrey Punin and ARKI studio: Boremir Bakharev, Alexey Dudnikov, Alexey Murzin, Oleg Panov, Pavel Pokrovsky, Boris Shershenkov, Dmitry Utyomov, Sergey Valitsky, Marina Vlasova, Mikhail Zuyev