Video: Young And Beautiful: Young Specialists In The Moscow Art Sphere. Part 1
Young and promising people are increasingly gaining top positions in various spheres - the art industry is no exception. We have gathered the most prominent specialists from large cultural institutions in Moscow, who are not yet 30 years old. They talked about their work, the goals of art and the prospects for its development in Russia.
DARIA SUKHORUKOVA, 20, employee of the clothing sector, Museum of Moscow
“The soul gravitates towards art. Especially now, when there are only managers and bankers around”.
Daria in the storage of the clothing sector of the Museum of Moscow.
I spend most of my time in the repositories of the fund. My responsibilities include attribution (measurements, dating) and selection of exhibits for the exhibition. I'm looking for a provenance of new acquisitions - you need to spend more than one evening in the archives of libraries to determine the history of an object, for example, a rare "shot transfer" (a pre-revolutionary vessel with recesses for glasses, which was filled with ice and cooled drinks during feasts). I enter the information about the exhibits into the electronic database KAMIS (Integrated Automated Museum Information System).
Right now we are preparing a large-scale anniversary exhibition "The ABC of the Museum: from, A to Z", which will open on July 25 and reflect the important milestones in the history and culture of the city. For each letter of the alphabet, objects from different funds of the Museum are selected - from the departments of painting, archeology and rare books to the clothing sector, photography and numismatics.
The most interesting thing is attributing items from donors. They bring incredible things - from ancient coins dug out in the garden to family heirlooms, such as a wedding dress passed from generation to generation. Bottles for Art Nouveau perfume with characteristic ornaments, pharmacy bottles with the names of old shops, gravy boats, gargles - each piece tells a whole story. Recently we received a porcelain service of the "Egoist" type - this is the name of serving sets for one person, they appeared in the 18th century in France. "Nash" turned out to be of the Soviet period, presented for an anniversary to a distant relative of a party leader.
I love Russian art at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries. The sphere of my scientific interests is arts and crafts, I study at the Faculty of History of Moscow State University and write a diploma in porcelain. From painting I single out the portraitist and miniaturist V.L.Borovikovsky: his interpretation of the background, the psychology of the characters and technical skill are mesmerizing.
ARINA VOLOSHINA, 27, restorer of the oil painting department, Restoration Center named after I. E. Grabar
“We preserve the country's cultural heritage - this is the main thing in my work. Well, your back sometimes hurts when you wear marble."
Arina at work on the painting "Diana and Callisto" by Antonio Bellucci (?) From the National Art Museum of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).
Most often, paintings come to us from regional museums. From the latest acquisitions - pair still lifes of Verbruggen from the collection of the Murom Museum of History and Art and the canvas "Diana and Callisto" by Antonio Bellucci (?) From the National Art Museum of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), on which I am currently working. First, we conduct a study of the painting - microscopy, ultraviolet photography, radiography, chemical analysis in the laboratory. Then we draw up a project of the assignment, which is approved or corrected by the restoration council, and, finally, we proceed to “work on the picture”. Since some restorations require, for example, a long pressing, I distribute my attention to several projects at the same time. Their duration is difficult to somehow limit - from a couple of weeks to several years.
My tools, oddly enough, are medical: scalpels, dentists. Firstly, they are ideal for our work, and secondly, historically, there was no production of special restoration tools in Soviet times, and they were borrowed from the spheres that were emphasized: space, chemistry and medicine. The basis of my work is manual labor, but I also use the advantages of technology - for example, the American vacuum table, and traditional professional materials, such as fish glue, which is brewed from the swimming bladders of sturgeon fish. But what I just do not use: sometimes a portable Soviet iron will come in handy.
Painstaking work teaches patience, perseverance, but initially you need to be a calm person. In our family, one might say, a dynasty. My father also worked here, in the oil painting department - I continue his work. There are many young people in the Center, much more than even 5 years ago, when I came here to work: in recent years, graduates from Stroganovka are often invited to the furniture department, from the Glazunov Academy to painting, from the history department of Moscow State University to the examination department.
I am interested in the Suprematist art of the 20th century, both Russian and foreign. The dividing ideas of Malevich and Kandinsky about rethinking color and form from the representation of reality into independent units are captivating.
ELENA BOGACHEVA, 25, assistant auctioneer, Vladey
"My task is to feel the bidding, to concentrate on everything that happens in the hall."
Elena against the background of Jonathan Mese's work Der alte Fanatiker am Gelblichen Diamanthensee (2005).
Classic auctions are held twice a year - in spring and autumn, and we are also developing a story with a democratic auction "All for 100" (starting price of the lot - 100 euros). First, there is a selection of works: we are looking for suitable works, we look at their provenance (origin). At the same time, we are looking for a site for an auction - the last time it was the Museum of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art on Petrovka. We like the new territories - Vladey has already taken place at the Manege, at the Winery, in Red October and the art4 museum.
The most interesting and responsible thing is to assist directly during the auction. I stand next to the auctioneer, fixing all the numbers of participants and lots, the amount of the final blow of the hammer. I have to be on the alert - keep track of the bids of telephone buyers and those sitting in the hall, and orient the auctioneer who can get into a rage and get carried away by the dialogue with the public. There is something artistic about this process, so after the auction I am always full of emotions.
Right now, we are preparing for the opening of Vladey on June 28: this is our own site of our auction house on the territory of the Winery. As part of the event, tenders will be held, but their format is still kept secret.
The main task of art is to awaken emotions and feelings in a person, so my favorite artists change according to my mood. Among the constant favorites are Moscow conceptualists Ilya Kabakov, Viktor Pivovarov, Ivan Chuikov. Or abstract painting, for example, the German artist Jonathan Mese, whose canvas is behind my back, is very impudent and hooligan.
MARIA SARYCHEVA, 25, coordinator of inclusive programs, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
"Contemporary art is a space free from restrictions and accessible to everyone, regardless of the presence or absence of a form of disability."
Maria against the background of Rashid Johnson's installation In Our Yard. The gesture in the photo is translated as “ideas”. Make up: Lilia Gapchenko (bbb Moscow).
Our department was formed a year ago and is engaged in the development of educational programs and public events for people with various forms of disabilities - we work with visitors with disabilities and hearing and visual impairments.
Almost all employees, including security and caretakers, are familiar with the basics of sign language. The entrance to the museum as part of special excursions for a visitor with a disability and one accompanying person is always free. We carefully think over each event: it is important to take into account the peculiarities of the perception of information by hearing impaired and deaf visitors. For example, the “installation” gesture, like many other art terms, does not exist in Russian sign language, so we introduce a new gesture, borrowed from American sign language, inside the tour, and explain it in detail so that visitors can use it further.
Tactile models are one of the main ways of presenting material for visually impaired visitors. For example, the author of the installation In Our Yard (located in the Atrium of the Museum until August 31), American artist Rashid Johnson left his consumable material for such cases - shea butter. Sculptures for installation are made of it, and we give it to the participants of the excursion in order to feel its texture and smell.
Art is a way of knowing yourself, your everyday life and the world around you. Therefore, I like artists who use participatory practices in their work, that is, they put communication between people in the foreground. I am looking forward to the start of the summer exhibition season: on June 10, the exhibition "Small Ax" by the Swiss artist Urs Fischer opens. Part of the project will be located on the Arts Square in front of the Museum: the public project YES will allow everyone to participate in the creation of a clay landscape, for which we will bring over a hundred tons of clay. It is an amazing idea to unite people through art who had no reason to communicate before.
YULIA CHERNOVA, 29, partner and development director, v confession agency
"Our customers are of such a high level that there is simply no margin for error."
Julia in her office at the V-Confession office.
Our company cooperates with leading cultural institutions and projects of the country. We work with the Garage Museum, MMOMA, the Strelka Institute, the Biennale, the Stanislavsky Electrotheatre, the Cosmoscow contemporary art fair - we are managing cultural projects and fundraising. Our upcoming projects are the opening of the Urs Fischer exhibition in the Garage, the Fendi exhibition The Artisans of Dreams, as well as the opening of the Museum of Russian Impressionism, which will take place at the end of May. This is a private museum, the main patron of which is the entrepreneur and philanthropist Boris Mints, he owns a large collection of Russian impressionists, which formed the basis of the permanent exhibition of the museum.
Reputation is what matters when you supply exclusive services to the market. Working with top museums and companies of the level of Hermès, Credit Suisse, Audi, Gucci, Carrera y Carrera, LVMH, BMW, RUSAL, Gazprombank requires a lot. We act as diplomats and mediators, building a constructive dialogue between culture and business. These are spheres that have not always found common ground in Russia. But for six years we have been guarding their effective cooperation - everything is difficult in the process, but then happiness comes.
Of recent examples, I would like to note the fruitful union of the Muravyov-Apostles estate and the Swiss watch brand Jaeger-LeCoultre, which was the official partner of the exhibition of the famous photographer Sebastio Salgado Genesis. Here the values coincided perfectly - the brand has been supporting modern photography for many years, and is also a UNESCO partner in preserving the unique natural heritage. Salgado, in turn, on a personal initiative founded the "Institute of the Earth", designed to restore rainforests. The exhibition is held with great success in Moscow until May 29, after which it will go to St. Petersburg.
I love contemporary art, and I am taking steps to collect it. I have both works by young Russian artists - Aleksey Kallima, Ivan Gorshkov, Kirill Makarov, as well as successful stars - for example, Leonid Sokov and Yuri Albert. Hanging in my office is the work "Brain / Cloud" by John Baldessari, depicting a cloud-brain and a palm tree against the sea - concentration and relaxation. This symbolic print inspires me a lot.
- the museum
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