Flights in Dreams and Reality. With the participation of Sepherot Foundation (Liechtenstein)

September 25 - October 30, 2011

At the exhibition participate works from the collection of Sepherot Foundation 

MALEVICH – SUETIN – CHASHNIK – KHIDEKEL –CHERNIKHOV – LEONIDOV - STERLIGOV -ROZHDESTVENSKY – CHEKRYGIN – KUDRYASHOV – MATYUSHIN - ENDER - KABAKOV – BULATOV - INFANTE

Black square, gray cross, the red circle.
1925-1926

The next exhibition project of the PROUN Gallery, opening the new season, is about flying and hovering, about the opportunity to get off the ground and the development of new space. Mankind has dreamed of nothing more vigorously than of the sky throughout its history, and finally, the dream has become more realistic by the twentieth century. Technical progress, which futurism turned into the main symbol of faith, made “the sky closer”, and the idea of flying turned into a problem solvable in the near future, which did not seem to be the embodiment of personal pride anymore, a breakthrough to God, as much as the opposite way to Lucifer.
This is the main feature of the Russian avant-garde utopia – it has never been a fantasy, romantic dreams of a better world: the art of Russian avant-garde carried the pathos of world order, the whole universe was totally exposed to the transformation, and the artists turned to prophets and apostles of the new reality. Planets of Malevich, Chashnik, Suetin, Khidekel composed of geometric elements were hovering not in the abstract “sky”, but in particular physical space, interacting with it, as well as the constructions of Yakov Chernikhov (reminding of the ultramodern space stations) seemed viable in the above-ground world.

Architectural project. 1927-1928 The project Suprematist decoration
(the sketch of the kiosk). 1924-1925

The exhibition in the Proun Gallery is not about the spiritual quest and angelic soaring, such as a Neoplatonic etude on “the spiritual in art”, it is not about the space and its development, but about an objectively acting power of art, which allowed, for example, the hero of the installation of Ilya Kabakov to fly into space, Basil Chekrygin to charcoal the scenes of Anastasis, Mikhail Matyushin and Boris Ender (and in some sense – the heirs of organic art Francisco Infante and Nonna Goryunova) to create works based on a scientific study of nature and natural artifacts.

Architectural sketch.
1926-1927


Approximately 60 works (paintings, drawings) of Russian avant-garde artists, as well as contemporary authors including Ilya Kabakov, Pavel Pepperstein and others will be featured at the exhibition.

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