The Academy of Fine Arts of St. Petersburg and Museum of the Russian academy of Arts, with the support of Sputnik Gallery, is pleased to announce the opening of two exhibitions by contemporary photographer Valery Katusba, 100 Years On and Morning, both curated by Semyon Mikhailovsky. The exhibitions will run from June 11 to July 6, 2014, at Universitetskaya Naberezhnaya 17, St. Petersburg, Russia.
100 Years On is a synthesis of art and culture, pairing photographs from the Academy's archives with new black and white and large-scale color photographs made by Mr. Katsuba. Looking at photographs taken more than 100 years ago, Mr. Mikhailovsky, who is the rector of the Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, and Mr. Katsuba found it fascinating to use those earlier works of photographers, students, and teachers as inspiration for a new series taken at the Academy showing the same classes a century later.
This exhibition builds on the traditions of the Academy of Fine Arts and brings out the similarities and differences in the way painters, sculptors, and architects worked within the interiors 100 years ago and the people who are creating new, contemporary art today. The show also features portraits of ballet dancers from the famous Mariinsky Theatre and gymnasts of St. Petersburg posed in the interiors of the Academy amidst plaster copies of antique sculptures. These portraits reflect our concept of the ideal form of the human body, its sinuous plasticity, which remains remarkably similar to the ideals of more than 2000 years ago. True to Mr. Katsuba's style and talent, these portraits become a hymn to the power and beauty of the human body.
100 Years On is presented in connection with the European Biennale of Contemporary Art Manifesto 10 Parallel Events.