Join us on Garage Square after sunset to witness the launch of Viacheslav Koleichuk’s monumental kinetic work Atom (1967/2018), marking fifty-one years since its creation. Experience how music and light come together to complete the sculptural installation.

The thirteen-meter-high structure Atom was originally commissioned by the Kurchatov Institute of Nuclear Energy in Moscow and built in 1967 for the fiftieth anniversary of the October Revolution. Made of hundreds of metal tubes, the large sphere at the center is set in motion by the wind and held together by the tensions of its constituent parts. The work was originally accompanied by a now lost score composed by Leon Theremin. The version of Atom on Garage Square uses a piece of music written by composer Nikolay Khrust and Koleichuk. The score was recorded on a theremin and an ovaloid, the latter being one of the many musical instruments Koleichuk invented during his lifetime.

Atom complements the exhibition The Other Trans-Atlantic. Kinetic and Op Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America 1950s–1970s, which took place at Garage March 17–May 9, 2018.


Viacheslav Koleichuk (1941–2018) graduated from Moscow Architecture Institute in 1966 and, after a short period of collaboration with the Dvizhenie collective of kinetic artists, he founded the group MIR in 1968. Among wider audiences, Koleichuk is best known for his designs for the cult Soviet sci-fi film Kin-dza-dza! (1986) by Georgiy Daneliya. He held various academic and teaching positions, was awarded over forty patents, and was the author of several publications and academic articles.

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