Moscow Department of Culture
Russian Academy of Arts
Moscow Museum of Modern Art
The Structures of Time
Date: November 11 — December 6, 2015
Venue: MMOMA, 17 Ermolaevsky lane
Curators: Andrey Egorov, Anna Arutyunyan
Producer: Evelina Khromtchenko
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents Dimitri Semakov’s solo exhibition. It combines his key painting series, created over 30 years in Moscow, New York City, Cologne and Brussels, as well as his new paintings, sculptures and installations.
The exhibition will occupy all floors of the museum venue at Ermolaevsky lane. It will be supplemented by documentary photos and video projections, a kind of the multimedia comments to the artist’s works.
The choice of the MMOMA venue at Ermolaevsky lane is not accidental. This city mansion was built in 1913 by architect Dmitry Markov for the Moscow Architectural Society. The genius of the venue is directly related to the range of Semakov’s artistic interests, who fills the architecture with deep symbolic meanings. Portals, galleries, supports, vaults, appearing like flashbacks in the artist’s expressive painting, are not just elements of a large stylistic construction set, but tangible traces of time, the only significant carriers of civilization meanings. The title of the exhibition The Structures of Time emphasizes the dialectical pairing of the solid and the elusive, the matter and the spirit, architecture and painting.
The exhibition, likened to the metaphysical ascent, gives an opportunity to present four large themes, i.e. Gates: Return, Towers: Search, Arches: Combination, Light: Triumph. Visitors can immediately share their impressions of the exhibition in social networks, using hashtag #DimitriSemakov or in the artist’s Instagram page: @dimitri_sema.
«The space of the former Moscow Architectural Society will once again live a month under the slogan of Vitruvius: firmitas, utilitas, venustas (in English „solid, useful, beautiful“). I am sure that the feeling of the space, proportions, symmetry, perspectives is close and clear to viewers of any preferences in art», says Dimitri Semakov.