MOSCOW. TSUM: Spatial Liturgy
25 September — 25 October, 2009
III Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art
Artist and curator Oleg Kulik, in collaboration with Victor Ribas, Denis Kryuchkov and Hermes Zygott
The project was an original author’s comment to the history of contemporary art of XX-XXI centuries with the Moscow Conceptualism, Kabakov-type total installation practice and 1960-2000-s performance as its heroes.
Project was based on totally innovative art decision of Spatial Liturgy. It was previously developed by Oleg Kulik in his I Believe project during the II Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art and his production of Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine demonstrated in Thйвtre du Chвtelet in Paris in 2009. The popularity of the artist and recognition of his works can be seen in the number of audience that visit Oleg Kulik’s exhibitions – in 2007 nearly 40 000 people visited the I Believe project.
The new project of Oleg Kulik «MOSCOW. TSUM» was demonstrated on 5000 square meters of exhibition area of two floors in TSUM in the very centre of Moscow. It is a meditation project on the most significant, sacred senses of Moscow art of the 1960-2000-s, presented in interactive form – as a dialogue with the spectator, emerging in the space of voices. The very space in the concept is presented as some descriptive language helping to understand what among the things produced during the recent twenty-thirty years is still seen and fully sounds today.
The ideas chosen relate, on one side, to the most significant artistic events and figures of the past decades, on the other side they are based on contemporary art’s material. It is the combination of the sound works by A.Brener (“In this untalented country”), Kabakov-Grois (“The game”), O.Kulik, imitation of the famous A.Monastyrsky’s performance “Talking to the lamp” and street performance of Osmolovsky, actions of A.Ter-Oganyan, E.Kovylina, Fenso and traditional sacral symbolic in contemporary art.
Installation itself is a long labyrinth three and a half meters wide that occupies all the exhibition area. The walls of the labyrinth are made of mirrors and half-transparent coat that can be transparent from one side and mirror from the other, depending on the lightning. Travelling along labyrinth is full of shadow-appearing and crossing voices. Shadows are shown on large screens that are hidden from spectators.
«MOSCOW. TSUM» project was the search of possibility to translate most vividly the local events into the language of contemporary light and sound installation. The name of the project is not accidental as well – it reflects the author’s idea: the opening of the space itself, its sacral possibilities.