Alefbet: alphabet of memory
A mysterious alphabet composed of 160 characters: angels, animal-faced demons, figures pierced by lightning, men carrying their own shadow on their shoulders or gazing into the secrets of a book. For his first exhibition in Venice, Grisha Bruskin, one of the great living Russian artists, with an international reputation dating at least from the mid 1980s, has chosen the project “Alefbet”: at the heart of the exhibition are five large tapestries (2,80 x 2,10). These, however, can be reached only after examining the preparatory drawings, gouaches, and six extraordinary paintings that articulate the successive stages of this complex and fascinating “archive of the sign”.
This highly condensed synthesis draws on the thousand-years-old Jewish tradition of the Talmud and Kabbalah, presented as a possible and permanent interpretation key of our own history and present. The stunning visual impact of “Alefbet” cannot fail to fascinate, accompany and draw the viewers through a series of original multimedia apparatuses, designed in collaboration with Marco Barsottini from CamerAnebbia- Milano and aimed at highlighting the extraordinary narrative power of Bruskin’s work.
The exhibition, promoted by the Centre of Studies of Russian Art (CSAR) at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, is curated by Giuseppe Barbieri and Silvia Burini in collaboration with Fondazione Querini Stampalia. The catalogue, published by Terra Ferma, features essays by Evgenij Barabanov, Giuseppe Barbieri, Grisha Bruskin, Silvia Burini, Boris Groys, and Michail Jampolskij.
Dates: From 12 February to 13 September 2015
Opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am - 6 pm
Closed on Monday
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- Reduced ticket € 8
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