The exhibition in VDNH's "Karelia" Pavilion is American artist Daniel Arsham's first solo show in Russia. It opens on 30 September 2017 as part of the 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art's parallel programme. Especially for this project, the author will create nine works solely in white, taking into account the features and proportions of the exhibition space.
Daniel Arsham, founder of the Snarkitecture architectural bureau (2007) and the Films of the Future company (2014), works at the intersection of architecture, design, sculpture, cinema, theatre and fashion. His unmistakable sense of space and ability to create a dialogue with the viewer has led to success in scenography and in the field of fine arts. Arsham's works are regularly exhibited in galleries and museums around the world from London to Tokyo, including New York's prestigious Museum of Modern Art and New Museum. Despite holding over 30 solo exhibitions on every continent on earth in the last 10 years, he is still considered a young artist.
In addition to personal projects, Daniel Arsham also collaborated successfully with legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham, who worked at different times with Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, David Tudor, Frank Stella and Robert Rauschenberg. Arsham's creative endeavours have ranged from the design of an exclusive collection of T-shirts for the menswear brand STAMP and the cover of Asher's studio album Hard II Love (2016), to a collaboration with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Award-winning works in the fields of cinema, video art, photography, sculpture, graphic design and installation art complete the portrait of a unique, extraordinarily versatile talent.
Project curator Ekaterina Mochalina comments:
"Daniel Arsham is considered one of the world's most promising young artists, his work being highly sought after by leading international galleries. He has worked with Robert Wilson, Pharrell Williams, Hedi Slimane and Merce Cunningham. We were eager to show truly contemporary art at VDNH as we believe our pavilions provide the perfect setting."
A favourite theme of Arsham is the formation of new space through the destruction of an existing one. In Moscow, the artist will present a large-scale installation "Wall Excavation" — holes in walls which form a giant concrete tunnel, where the excavated areas gradually change from an abstract shape into a full-size human figure. The forms that make up this complex composition are a reflection of the author's views on the interaction between man and architecture, as well as the ability of people to create, destroy and modernise not only structures, but also natural materials.
Arsham's sculptural compositions, performed on a different scale, will allow the artist to design a complex scenographic work, introducing various elements and draperies to their smooth surface of the pavilion walls. By "breathing life" into inanimate objects and turning human figures into frozen statues, Arsham builds on the Surrealists' artistic experiments in his own way by transferring them to three-dimensional space.
The exhibition "Daniel Arsham. Architecture in Motion" has been organised in partnership with the French Galerie Perrotin.
Daniel Arsham is one of the youngest and most promising sculptors and artists in the United States. Born in 1980 in Cleveland, he now lives and works in New York. He has held solo exhibitions in museums of contemporary art and art galleries in the United States, Great Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Australia. Arsham's sphere of creative interests includes fine art, architecture and performance art.
VENUE: VDNH, Pavilion No. 67 "Karelia".
TIME: 30 September 2017 to 8 January 2018. Every day except Monday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (ticket offices are open until 9:30 p.m.).
PRICE: full price: 300 roubles; discount tickets for schoolchildren, students and pensioners: 150 roubles; children under 6 years, orphaned children, children without parental care, disabled persons, veterans of the Great Patriotic War, and large families: free.