This winter has seen Turin’s Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo play host to Modernikon: From Russia with Nostalgia – an exhibition including installations, videos, performance and photographs by 20 artists, which recount the world of Russia. In many of the exhibits modernity and the legacy of an era that still does not seem to have found its end have been reappraised. Both in “Post-post-modern” and the more recent “Altermodern” period, modernity has been seen from a Eurocentric perspective, excluding the realities that, although under a regime, had developed precise ideas and forms, among these, the former USSR.
What emerges from this early season exhibition at the Fondazione Sandretto is a geography of contemporary Russian art, which contemplates a rare vivacity for times of repression, considered by most as times of darkness. In Modernikon there is continuity with tradition, but in terms of a conceptual, formal and expressive re-evaluation of the past based on full awareness of history.
It’s not too late, take a trip to the exhibit now and explore Russian culture.
Modernikon. Contemporary art from Russia curated by Francesco Bonami and Irene Calderoni Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Via Modane, 16 (Borgo San Paolo) – 10141 Torino runs until 27 February 2011, Tuesday to Sunday 12 – 8pm; Thursday 12 – 11pm. Admission: € 5; concession € 3; free entrance Thursday from 8 – 11pm. For more information visit www.fondsrr.org