(December 19, 2012 – January, 31 2013)

The air is filled with talks about the end of the world on December 21, 2012. On the eve of the Apocalypse everybody inevitably draws conclusions. Who will be saved, what will be saved? “Not everyone will be taken into the future”, – Ilya Kabakov once said. Whose works, of which artists of contemporary Russia will survive any catastrophe? This is what “Reload” about, a group exhibition of young Russian artists, which will open on December 18 in the Red October gallery.

The time eliminates everything which is superfluous. It’s the best filter for art as well. It determines artist’s contribution into the world of art and his influence upon our future. Some Russian contemporary artists have already gained status of living classics and been internationally recognized. However, among young generation of artists there are those, whose works are worthy to become a part of cultural heritage.

An idea to collect the best works of young artists on the eve of the promised end of the world refers to the image of the Ark. There will be a full-size wooden ship built in the space of the gallery. Exhibition of 20 works will be literally saved aboard. Proximity of the Ark to the “Monument of a lost civilization” by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov is metaphorical: the desire to save the best works for the future generations is very alike to the Kabakov’s idea to monument Soviet reality.

The idea to create an Ark belongs to a famous artist and photographer – Sergey Bratkov, who created both a sketch and a plan. The role of Noah, who chose the set of artists and their works was played by Mikhail Ovcharenko. There are different styles of contemporary art exhibited; the artists participating are: Evgeniy Antufyev, Oleg Dou, Ivan Gorshkov, Arseniy Zhilyaev, artduo EliKuka, Egor Koshelev, Olga Kroytor, Vlad Kulkov, Taus Mahacheva, Misha Most, Valeria Nibiru, Anna Parkina, Tatyana Peniker, Alexander Povzner, Anastasia Potemkina, Sergey Sapozhnikov, Emir Emir..

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