The opening event is dedicated to the similarities and differences between classical and contemporary art, and will also outline the program for the next sessions of The Steps.
A man barks like a dog, buries his head in the ground, or sits still on a chair for hours—why is this art in the same sense as Ivan Ayvazovsky’s The Ninth Wave or Claude Monet’s Water Lilies? The viewer expects a beautiful and joyful emotional experience but often finds neither in contemporary art galleries. How comfortable does one feel in museums of classical painting and sculpture though? After trying classical and contemporary dance, taking part in the “auction of emotions” and reflecting upon the exhibitions that took place at the Trekhprudny Lane Gallery in the 1990s, the viewer will learn how art has been changing with time, why it is what it is today, and why it still inspires the spectator to play, sparking off thoughts and intense emotions. We—Lisa, Nastya, Natela, and Dasha—are inviting you to take a trip from classical to contemporary art and, literally, experience the most difficult and crucial moments in the history of culture.