Russian Pavilion is a juried exhibition showcasing emerging, mid- career and established artists from Russia,
Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Baltic regions during leading international fairs of contemporary and modern art. The Russian Pavilion is envisioned as a forum for critics, collectors and connoisseurs to view the works and to have a unique possibility to meet some of the artists in person.
Several cultural institutions in the United State supported the idea of Russian Pavilion and became its cultural partners, including the Museum of Russian Art (New Jersey), the Kolodzei Art Foundation, Kavachnina Contemporary, Northern Cross and the Russian American Cultural Center. Such presentations of Russian culture abroad are certainly not new. Sergei Diaghilev (1872-1929) was one of the first advocates for Russian art and culture abroad. The 1907 Russian Seasons Abroad tour was a sensation for European audiences and a triumph for Russian art. The Russian Pavilion continues the tradition of Russian Seasons into the 21st century by presenting contemporary living artists from different locations.
The inaugural Russian Pavilion NY also coincided with the centennial of the famous 1913 New York Armory Show which introduced the American public to European avant-garde painting and sculpture, including works by such European modernists as Paul Cezanne, Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin and others. Initiator of the Russian Pavilion Artem Mirolevich and Valery Yershov – two artists of contrasting styles and personalities – contribute to the spirit of the Armory Show centennial in New York by continuing the introduction of international artists to the American public. The artists range widely in age and country of origin. They cover several generations, from Ernst Neizvestny (1925) to Sasha Meret (1955), Igor Vishnyakov (1968), Igor Molochevsky (1976), Blue Noses Group (founded in 1999 by Viacheslav Mizin and Alexander Shaburov) and others.
Coming from different backgrounds and now residing in the United States, Europe and Russia emerging and well-known artists experiment with traditional and new media in search for self-expression and a unique creative vision. Russian Pavilion features paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photography, video installations and performances and strives for highest quality and originality.
Russian Pavilion embraces Russian culture in the United States plus cultural and historical memory and intercultural interpretations. Some of the artworks presented in the show strike and amaze the viewer’s imagination, emphasizing their unique-subjective human essence, with meaning shifting just beneath the surface. The juxtaposition and collision of different artistic individualities, styles and media make the Russian Pavilion of great interest to today’s public.
Russian Pavilion- brought to you by artists, cultural partners, and sponsors is proud to report its overwhelming success during its Armory Arts Week opening in March 2013. Russian Pavilion NY was recognized as an official part of Armory Arts Week and was praised as one of the most exciting exhibits.
The next step for Russian Pavilion is participation in Miami Art Basel Week, December 2013. This is the major art event in the United States and one of the most important and praised art weeks worldwide. Best galleries, museums and art institutions from around the world bring their projects and artists. Miami becomes a Mecca for the arts.
Our goal is to make Russian Pavilion the most exciting and talked about project during the Miami Art Basel Week. Besides an obvious desire to attract as many critics, curators, collectors and art lovers we also wish to engage local communities. On regular days the entrance to the Pavilion will be free – in contrast to all other major Art Fairs in Miami.
Natalia Kolodzei (Honorary Member of the Russian Academy of Arts, Executive Director of the Kolodzei Art Foundation)
Gala Kavachnina (Director, Kavachnina Contemporary Gallery)
Boris Belenky (Director, Museum of Russian Art)
46 NW 36th street, Miami, Fl 33127