The Alienation Mechanism Part of the Collection. Vantage Point program
Korina Irina Fireworks. From Everything Will Come True series. 2018
Anya Zhoulud'. The boy. 2014
Irina Nakhova Gray work. 1973
Nikolay Vetchommov. Flying worlds. 1980
Steinberg Eduard. Untitled. 1989
Date: April 5 — July 31, 2022
Venue: MMOMA Education Center, 17 Ermolaevsky Lane

Curated by Olga Turchina

The Moscow Museum of Modern Art announces Alienation Mechanism, a new exhibition held by the MMOMA Education Center as part of the Collection. Vantage Point program. The project addresses one of the founding cultural myths of the 20th century — the phenomenon of alienation and entropy, detachment and estrangement.

Alienation has a rich historical and philosophical record. From antiquity to our time this concept changed depending on the context, social system and its problems. In Russian philosophy the study of the alienation phenomenon belongs to the Soviet and post-Soviet periods. The exhibition’s starting point was a conversation between Andrei Monastyrsky and Josef Bakshtein about the methodological specificity of Moscow conceptualism. In their dialogue, the mechanism of alienation is mentioned as a significant element of its artistic language and interpreted as the immediate, extreme alienation from its own production, be it a work of art or a simple, everyday utterance.

This meaning is interpreted differently by artists of the post-war period and contemporary authors: it becomes either generalized or, on the contrary, aggravated, where this mechanism turns out to be a means to escape or isolate oneself from circumstances which are too difficult and intolerable. All stages of development and various interpretations of this phenomenon become the key object of consideration in the project on display.

The exposition will show the works of artists of different movements of the second half of XX century, comprising three groups of authors: post-war artists, conceptualists of the 1970s and their successors.
Artists: Nikita Alekseev, Yuri Albert, Pyotr Belenok, Nikolai Vechtomov, Anya Zholud, Vadim Zakharov, Ilya Kabakov, Nikolai Kozlov, Irina Korina, Dmitry Krasnopevtsev, Boris Matrosov, Andrey Monastyrsky, Maria Naimushina, Irina Nakhova, Timofei Parshchikov, Mikhail Roginsky, Andrey Reuter, Boris Sveshnikov, Vasily Sitnikov, Alena Tereshko, Eduard Steinberg, Vladimir Yakovlev

Collection. Vantage Point Program at MMOMA

Collection. Vantage Point is a long-term exhibition program developed specifically for the MMOMA Education Center in addition to the series of large-scale thematic exhibitions that have become emblematic for the museum. One of the program’s distinguishing features is a different, more focused and intimate approach to the study and demonstration of museum collections, as well as a much more dynamic rhythm of the exhibition. The program combines exhibitions of various types — from monographic and archival to interdisciplinary. Intended to explore individual segments of the collection, these essentially laboratory projects often address private, non-mainstream, artistic subjects and allow new exhibition solutions to be tested.

Collection. A Vantage Point Program provides an opportunity to consider a wide range of phenomena — names, trends, images and ideas in the Russian art of the XX-XXI centuries from different positions and perspectives. In turn, the museum collection itself serves as a unique resource and a convenient ‘vantage point’ for talking about art, history, science, and culture in general. The program was launched at the end of 2017 and is implemented by the curatorial staff of the Research Department of MMOMA.

The program is authored by Andrey Egorov and Anna Arutyunyan.