Viktor Pivovarov. The Snail’s Trail

Date

From 17 March 2016 to 18 June 2016

Hours

11:00–22:00

Schedule

The exhibition in first room closes June 2, 2016.

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art presents The Snail’s Trail by Viktor Pivovarov, in celebration of the artist’s forthcoming 80th birthday. Revealing the mesmerizing interior worlds which Pivoravov creates in his work as a painter, book designer, illustrator, theoretician, creator of conceptual albums, memoirist, and writer, the exhibition includes works from the mid-1970s through to recent paintings.

The exhibition is the first in which Pivovarov has collaborated with an architect to create an immersive environment, taking audiences on a journey through his highly personalized graphic style. Pivovarov directs the viewer through a series of eleven rooms, each of which reveals a particular emotional experience. These include extreme loneliness (such as in the series Projects for a Lonely Person, 1975; and The Gardens of Monk Rabinovich, 2012–2013); poetic love (the series June–June, 1978–1988); mystical adventures (the Eidos series, 2000–2009); horror and death (Sutra of Doubts and Fears, 2006). The exhibition guide, written by the artist, expands on the situations, themes, and devices he uses in his work.

Viktor Pivovarov. The Snail’s Trail

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Here we’ve put together materials to help you get ready for a visit to the Museum or to take a deep-dive into the themes of current exhibitions and programs at Garage.

Public program
Viktor Pivovarov’s exhibition The Snail’s Trail is accompanied by an education program that includes lectures, literary readings in the exhibition space, and illustration workshops for both children and adults.

Exploring different periods and themes in Pivovarov’s art, the program combines the fundamental elements of the artist’s works—image and text—adding sound to them and letting visitors find the best way to experience the exhibition.

A series of lectures and discussions by local and international specialists, including philosopher Tomáš Glanc, art historian Mikhail Allenov, and artist Pavel Pepperstein, will explain the term Moscow Romantic Conceptualism and present Pivovarov’s art in its wide cultural context.

On weekends, Museum visitors will get the chance to participate in an intensive course on illustration, and participants will learn about the genre of the conceptual album, created by Pivovarov. They will also have a chance to practice their sketching and collage-making techniques.

Families with children will be able to listen to radio drama recordings of the Russian fairytale Black Hen and Hans Christian Andersen’s The Sandman. There are special open workshops on illustration and drawing created specially for children, as well as a children’s exhibition map.

For the first time, Garage Publishing will release an audiobook for visually impaired people, which will be Pivovarov’s well-known text Agent in Love. The text will also be available in book form, with a special additional section.

A detailed map of Viktor Pivovarov’s art will be installed in the Resource Room on the second floor. A real Moscow-to-Prague guidebook will mark the most important and significant places for the artist.

Visitors can request individual or group tours at any time. There are also special tours available for visitors with hearing or visual impairments. Finally, for those who would prefer to explore the exhibition on their own, Garage Library has prepared a range of books on Viktor Pivovarov’s works and Moscow Conceptualist art. A unique exhibition map created by Viktor Pivovarov himself will also be available.

Schedule

Lecture Where Am I? Viktor Pivovarov’s Czech Circles by Tomáš Glanc

Date
Friday, March 18
Time
19:00
Place
Garage Auditorium

Lecture Pictexturing, or the Conceptual Art of Viktor Pivovarov by Mikhail Allenov

Date
Friday, April 22
Time
19:00
Place
Garage Auditorium

Literary Readings in the Exhibition

Date
June 3–16, Thursdays
Time
19:00–19:30
Place
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

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