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“Mirroring the Musée” The installation by Adad Hannah (Canada) within the bounds of the festival “Contemporary Art in Traditional Museum” in the I. I. Brodsky memorial museum


The PRO ARTE Foundation
National Center for Contemporary Art, St.Petersburg Branch
with the support of
Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg and Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation

announce the 11th Festival “Contemporary Art in Traditional Museum”
22 September – 14 October, 2012/ Saint-Petersburg
 
The festival opens on Saturday, 22 September at 12:00 p.m. at the Peter and Paul Fortress (Gosudarev bastion).
The 11th Contemporary Art in Traditional Museum Festival organized by PRO ARTE Foundation and the North-West Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts will take place from 22 September till 14 October 2012.
 
Museum “Apartment of Isaac Brodsky” is located in the very center of St Petersburg in the Square of Arts in a house built by design of K. Rossi and L.Benois. Isaac Brodsky, a prominent artists, a favorite student of Ilya Repin lived in this apartment last 15 years of his life from 1924 till 1939. In 1949 it was converted into a museum which presents a unique collection of Russian artists gathered by Brodsky, and works of the artist himself. Some memorial items had been preserved: furniture, books and photographs with autographs of many prominent people which create a special atmosphere of an artist’s home, atmosphere of life in the epoch of the 1920-30s. The Museum’s exhibition hall presents temporary exhibitions of modern artists. The second floor, the studio, a hall with excellent acoustics in the 19th century was used for soirees of the music and literature salon of the Earls Vielgorskye, presently it is used for chamber concerts of the classical music.
 
“Mirroring the Musée” by Adad Hannah (Canada)
Mirroring the Musée was first commissioned by the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec in 2008. For Isaac Brodsky apartment museum Canadian artist Adad Hannah creates a new version of the project filming museum staff in the interior of the memorial apartment. The work is exhibited in the same room where it was produced. In this work the viewer is like a ghost caught between two mirrors, and there is also the issue of the posing spectators, visible in the videos and yet no longer in the gallery.
 
Adad Hannah (Canada)
Born in New York in 1971, lives and works in Montreal. Since 2001 Adad Hannah has been working on his series Stills consisting of silent videos that exist at the intersection of performance, photography, and video. Based on the 19th-century practice of tableaux vivants, Hannah’s videos, photographs, and installations look at how we perform as spectators, and how our gaze can be a constructive one as we try to make sense of ourselves and the world around us.
 He has exhibited at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (2008), the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2008), Zendai MoMA, Shanghai (2009), Ke Center for Contemporary Art (Shanghai 2008), the Vancouver Art Gallery (2007), the National Gallery of Canada (2011, 2006), Ikon Gallery (Birmingham 2006), the 4th Seoul International Media Art Biennale (2006), Casa Encendida (Madrid 2006) and Viper Basel (2004). In 2004 he won the Toronto Images Festival Installation/New Media Award, and the Bogdanka Poznanovic Award at Videomedeja 8. He has produced works at museums including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the National Gallery of Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Rodin Gallery (Seoul), and the Prado Museum (Madrid).
 
Address: Ploshchad’ Iskusstv, 3 
Metro: «Nevsky prospect», «Gostiny Dvor» 
Tel.:   (812) 314-36-58
Museum hours: 12:00 – 19:00 
Closed: Monday, Tuesday 
Entrance ticket: 80 roubles
For more information please visit: www.proartefestival.ru

 

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