Moscow City Government
Moscow City Department of Culture
Russian Academy of Arts
Moscow Museum of Modern Art

Мария Арендт, Михаил Алшибай. Фрактал. 2013
Мария Арендт. Верхняя Масловка, 9. 2017
Мария Арендт. Диалог с Меером Айзенштадтом. 2019
Мария Арендт. Квартал. 2015
Мария Арендт. Композиция с перевернутой скульптурой. 2019
Мария Арендт. Ландшафт. 2014
Date: October 2 — November 1, 2020

Curator and architect. Alexey Tregubov

The Moscow Museum of Modern Art in partnership with Roza Azora gallery is happy to introduce Architextile or all sewn up, a solo exhibition of Maria Arendt. It reflects on the contradictory perceptions of space, time, objects and the individual’s place in the world.
Embroidered graphics on canvas, a technique artfully used by Arendt, frees architecture from its regular qualities rendering it subtle and weightless. Turning to her family crafts, Maria reactualises the past playing out alternative scenarios.

Fabric becomes the central element of the exposition. The artist weaves fragments of her personal history, family life, real and fictional events into the canvas, securing them in the realm of materiality. Knots, stops, stitches, rhythmic changes inside the fabric transform the perception of the canvas, revealing an event, and therefore the meaning. The exposition on the first floor is dedicated to the history of Nikolai Fedorovich Arendt, a physician who tried to relieve the pain of a mortally wounded Pushkin in his last days. Showcases, spot lights and video surgeries in the «alternative» room are used to construct another possible fate for the poet.

The second floor displays the interconnection of the two themes — aviation, related to the story of the artist’s great-grandfather Nikolai Andreevich Arendt, one of the founders of aviation and aeronautics; and architecture, the personal story of the artist. Maria’s works can be best described as mobile architecture: tents or pavilions, where one can find shelter on the way, take a breath, listen to oneself, and maybe choose a new destination. They can also be seen as a kind of clothing designed to give protection against the harsh temperature changes in the social climate of our time.

The exhibition will feature about 100 works from various series created over the past 10 years. Some of these works have already been displayed on other platforms and will now be displayed in the MMOMA space on Gogolevsky 10/2. The exposition will also include a number of new artworks created specially for the show. The exhibition is a result of the joint effort of Mikhail Alshibaya, Natasha Arendt, William Brouy, Konstantin Zvezdochyotov and Alexander Petrelli.

About the Artist:

Maria Arendt (born in Moscow in 1968) is a painter, a graphic artist, an illustrator, an author of installations, but her main hallmark is embroidery. In 1989 she graduated from the Kalinin Art and Industry College in Moscow with a major in embroidery. She worked as an artist-designer from 1989 to 1995. In 1997 she became a member of the Section of Monumental and Decorative Art in the Moscow Union of Artists (MUA). In her spare time Maria illustrates books. She lives and works in Moscow.

Arendt’s works are included in many museum collections in Russia and abroad: the State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), the State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), the Schusev State Museum of Architecture (Moscow), the Aivazovsky Gallery (Feodosia), as well as in private collections: the collection of Alberto Sandretti (Italy; Venice), the collection of Nicolas Ilyin (Frankfurt am Main, Germany), the collection of Brian Eno (Great Britain; London), etc.


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