On 28 November 2018 Takeda Pharmaceutical Company together with the Moscow State Stroganov Academy of Design and Applied Arts and the EKATERINA Cultural Foundation will present the “Breakthrough” exhibition project. Winners of the international art competition for students at art schools and universities “Takeda. Art/Help. Breakthrough” and famous modern artists will show their work as part of the large-scale comprehensive project “Takeda. Pain and Will” supporting development of palliative care and new technologies in medicine. The exhibition will demonstrate technology in the service of modern art, which in turn uncovers humanitarian issues of the present age. The project is curated by art scholar Mikhail Sidlin.
Andrey Potapov, General Director of Takeda Russia, Head of CIS Area: “A breakthrough is a shift into a future that becomes the present right under our eyes. We are living in an era of technological breakthrough in all aspects of life and it is becoming increasingly hard to keep up. The rapid development of the modern world requires maximum concentration of both physical and spiritual strength. That means that at a certain time in life every one of us needs support and attention. People who have to combat pain every day need these things even more. Takeda’s periodic artistic projects permit us to use the language of art to talk about the problem and to draw the attention of artists and general public to the development of palliative care and new technologies in medicine, and in that way to uncover new opportunities for our patients.”
Mikhail Sidlin, curator of the project: “The mission of ‘Takeda. Pain and Will’ is to promote development of palliative care and new technologies in medicine. And this is where it coincides with art’s humanitarian purposes. Socrates said that those who are truly dedicated to philosophy are essentially engaged in nothing but dying and death. Socrates’ conception of a dignified end finds support in 21 st century healthcare. Modern technology allows us to reduce suffering. Art has a therapeutic function. At this new stage in its development art addresses “eternal questions“. Art in the 21st century would be impossible without vast technological resources, and 21st century technology would be equally impossible without being reflected by art. This art/technology balance point is the point of breakthrough.”
The themes of the 2018 exhibition reflect upon the condition of the modern world. Half a century ago American philosopher Alvin Toffler wrote that we were bursting into a new era and that this leap is comparable only to the transition from Stone Age to the world of the first civilizations. The exhibition will occupy two floors of the EKATERINA Cultural Foundation. The first floor will house 60 works by participants in the “Takeda. Art/Help. Breakthrough” international art competition for students at art schools and universities.
The display on the second floor of the Foundation will welcome visitors with Sergey Mironenko’s painting “New“ (1990) which bridges the gap between the school of “Moscow romantic conceptualism“ and the era of new technologies. The largest work at the exhibition will be Olga and Oleg Tatarintsevs’ installation dedicated to Vladimir Efroimson, a Russian geneticist who was the first to describe the altruism gene. The 110th anniversary of his birth falls on 21 November 2018.
Most of the works were created by modern artists for this exhibition. Dmitry Kawarga’s biomorphic object made of plastic and metal suggests that the worlds of machines and people are related, while Anastasiya Alekhina’s hand-crafted gadgets introduce a new trend in the techno-beauty industry.
Oleg Tyrkin’s triptych “Borderless Head“ is a self-portrait and a contemplation of human essence. Aristarkh Chernyshev’s “Critical Update“ is focused on an “undownloadable“ self-portrait made with the author’s own technique for texturing 3D objects.
A poetic video by Victor Alimpiev builds on the old genre of “consolation“. Gregory Orekhov’s sculpture joins the ancient egg symbol with a modernist symbol of the axis mundi – Brâncuși’s “Endless Column“. The painting by Vitaly Pushnitsky has waiting as its theme.
Maxim Orlitsky’s triptych “Shepherdess and Sheep“ combines avant-garde fashion and cyberpunk. Maxim is an organizer of art-battles – open public contests between painters – in Moscow. During the opening of the exhibition there will be a performance during which new works of art will be created.
The competition “Takeda. Art/Help“ is being held for the third consecutive year and is part of the large-scale social-cultural project “Takeda. Pain and Will“ aimed at drawing attention to the importance of developing palliative care and new technologies in medicine. This year the competition has become international for the first time.
Some 60 works of art will be presented on the first floor of EKATERINA Cultural Foundation. Six winners will be selected. Another participant will receive a special prize from Takeda Pharmaceutical Company. These seven contestants will travel to Moscow to attend the opening of the exhibition of the finalists.
Polina Amelina, Anna Afonina, Pinelopi Akritidou, Daria Antonenko, Catherine Dalma Ashby, Doaa Badran, Alexandra Beshnova, Elena Chertkova, Anastasia Davidyuk, Varvara Drobina, Manya Dzhafarova, Anna Fedosova, Anastasia Gadalshina, Elena Ivanova, Anastasia Kaizer, Kristina Kapeljuh, Christina Kapetaniou, Sofia Karaulova, Daria Kareva, Diana Khubulova, Victoria Kiridon, Oleg Komarov, Maria Koryavova, Natalia Krekoten, Anastasia Leonova, Anna Makoveeva, Alexandra Mantzari, Yulia Meshkova, Alena Momzova, Metav Nadler, Rufina Nazyrova, Alexandra Nikitina, Ekaterina Nikulina, Arina Novikova, Olga Osadchenko, Anna Osintseva, Antigoni Panagiotidou, Kseniya Pridanova, Elizaveta Savelieva, Natalija Savranska, Vladimir Shishkin, Anastasia Shlykova, Ksenia Suslina, Alina Tesyolkina, Daniil Troyanov, Maria Trubina, Anahit Tsaturyan, Alexandra Varfolomeeva, Nadezhda Varsegova, Maria Volynskikh, Chang Ching Wen, Yi-Shuan Wu, Natalia Yakupova, Cai Yu, Ola Zaitoun, Ekaterina Zhigailo, Arina Zorina
Dates of the exhibition: 28 November 2018 – 10 January 2019
EKATERINA Cultural Foundation: Kuznetsky Most St., bld. 21/5, 8th entrance, enter from Bolshaya Lubyanka St.