“The Pushkin Museum to them. Pushkin — the most advanced Museum of the XXI century”, — said its Director Marina Loshak at a press conference on April 17. Speech on it went about the participation of our flagship Museum at the 57th Venice Biennale, which he will curb in the parallel program. Emphasis was placed on the innovative direction of the Museum “Pushkin XXI”, which organically intertwined traditional methods and modern technology. But about all under the order.

Leonid Tishkov, will present at the Biennale light installation “Private moon”.

In a sense, this is a breakthrough — the Pushkin Museum to them. Pushkin will go first at the Venice Biennale. In early may, he promises not to strike in a dirt the person with the exhibition “Man as bird. Images of travel”. Come to the aid of the genius loci Palazzo Soranzo van Axel XV century, where the exposition will unfold . Old brick walls, arched Windows and exposed wooden beams create a thin cloth atmosphere for reading the actual works of 14 artists.

A curious alignment of representatives — 7 to 7, the same number of Russian and foreign authors. Among our: Simon Alexander, Tatiana Akhmetgalieva, Dmitry Bulnygin, Sofia Gavrilova, Irina Zatulovskaya, art-group “PROVMYZA”, Leonid Tishkov. Foreigners are Yuri Kalendarev (Russia – Italy), Marnix de Nijs (Netherlands), David Clerb (Belgium), Martin Honert (Germany), Fabrizio Plessi (Italy), Mariano Sardon (Argentina), Masaki Fujihata (Japan).

Together they explore new discoveries at the interface of optics and art, in those areas which are combined with the human desire for knowledge of the world and defining their place in it, — explains the head of the Department of film and media art Olga Shishko. — The authors extend the usual angle of human vision from 120 degrees to 360 degrees view of the birds. Will open another dimension in which viewers will be able to travel.

Incidentally, the Department of film and media art emerged in the Museum, in unison with the birth of the project “Pushkin XXI”. It is a Museum. It to equal feel all forms of presentation of contemporary art: from painting and sculpture to virtual reality. While projects in this area was located in the building of the Museum and in the manor Golitsyn, but in a short time for them to allocate a separate space Museum outside of town.

Pushkin is not today embarked on the path of innovation. Difficult steps in curbing new, he is doing more than half a century since then, as Irina Antonova, the first in the country showed Picasso (1956), Tischler (1966), Chagall (1987)… Today, this list might look naive, but in those years, to present these names had incredible courage, bordering on audacity. The power of the Antonov on the head is not stroked, and everyone knew that the Museum was a Bastion of liberalism and freedom to the greatest extent they could afford.

In four years, while at the helm of the mules, the degree of innovation was not only lowered, but also to some extent increased to the limit. Excitedly discussed how past exhibitions-the intervention of Dmitry Gutov, Alexander Ponomarev, and succeeding — group Recycle and Cai Guoqiang. It is an adaptation of contemporary art within the walls of the Museum of classical flows with a sudden, profound exhibitions of contemporary authors. Respond to them in different ways. You cannot please everyone, but to listen to many rational ideas, thus making the next step less painful and more literate.

“Pushkin’s twenty-first”, that is a Museum today, I must accept — sums up the mules. — I want to credit the influence that we have, was spent on what is expected of us. Our special look and a specific understanding of the subject deserve movement. This is necessary primarily for young people who speak a new language and see the world in other optics. Such viewers we want to see next, and for them the Museum is willing to work hard.