Contemporary icons and paintings inspired by the Pussy Riot members.
The joint project by the contemporary art ideologist and collectioner Victor Bondarenko and the painter Evgeniya Maltseva includes contemporary Christian images - new icons demonstrating the live perception of the religious art, as well as paintings based on the characters created by the members of the feminist group "Pussy Riot". "The Trinity", "The Savior", "The Mother of God" and "The Antichrist", finished litterally days before the exhibition are accompanied by another four works created in a show of solidarity with the civic protest of the "Pussy Riot" group. All the presented works are exposed for the first time.
Several years ago the very same spot hosted an exhibit showcasing works by Dmitriy Gutov, who recreated conventional images coming from the byzanthine iconography, and on August 10th the presentation of the album "Art on the barricades" took place, published by Victor Bondarenko, featuring a preliminary version of one of the paintings included in the exhibition. Seems like the former Guelman Gallery is faithful to the innovative approach towards the cintemporary art: it is easy to imagine the rage that these "new icons" displayed right next to the blasphemers' portraits can provoke in certain circles.
Evgeniya Maltseva's and Victor Bondarenko's press-conference is scheduled for September 20th at 18.00, the exhibit opens on September 20th at 19.00. Both events will take place at the prestigious Guelman Gallery at the Moscow 'Vinzavod' Center of Contemporary Art.