The Here and Now! exhibition opened on 1 August at the Manezh Central Exhibition Hall. Visitors can see theatre performances, art installations, interactive exhibits and sound art by famous artists and novices – Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art participants, university students and even school children. There are also lectures and workshops.
The project was created by Katya Bochavar, artist, architect, designer of the Russian pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009). Architect Konstantin Larin and designer Dmitry Gusev also work on her team.
In total, there are 50 projects at the exhibition, such as Everything is Complicated by Rostan Tavasiyev, Vision by Irina Nakhova, KhMAT by Protei Temen, RandomTala by Sergei Filatov, and the Cultural Carrot by Yelena Kovylina. The latter presents the artist’s paintings of fruits and vegetables and the chance to buy them.
AES+F, one of the most well-known Russian art groups, presents the Psychosis VR installation based on a play by British playwright Sarah Kane. A spectator sits in a wheelchair in the corridor of a mental health clinic wearing special glasses and enters a different and crazy world with black snow, psychedelic colours and insects. The premiere was held at the Stanislavsky Electrotheatre in June 2016.
Visitors can download the special Here and Now application, which is available at the App Store and Google Play. A tour guide pamphlet of the show is available at the entrance. It contains a short description of each project. An actual guide is also available for free.
“Moscow is impossible to impress with exhibitions: six or seven exhibitions open here every day. We would like this one to be first on Moscow’s cultural agenda as a serious event dedicated to the possibilities that various genres, various areas and various artists have,” said Head of the Moscow Department of Culture Alexander Kibovsky.
The exhibition is open until 20 August. Admission is free.