PAIN AND WILL
Between March 14 and March 30, 2017, Stella Art Foundation in Moscow will hold a contemporary art exhibition Takeda. Pain and Will as part of a socio-cultural project by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd. The project curator, Mikhail Sidlin has invited such Russian artists as MishMash (Misha Leikin and Masha Sumnina), Liza Morozova, Yana Smetanina, Khaim Sokol, Oleg and Olga Tatarintsev and Artistarkh Chernyshev to participate.
© Яна Сметанина, 2017
© Яна Сметанина, 2017
For centuries, the topic of pain and physical and spiritual feelings related to it has been attracting artists and thinkers. In modern art, too, this theme is one of the key subjects. Everyone is familiar with the problem of physical pain, be it toothache or a serious illness. Unlike their predecessors, contemporary artists often strive not only to think through pain, but also to experience it. This fact changes significantly the general mood of the artworks – submission and fear give way to fight and overcoming. Today, art can not only evoke emotions, but also help comprehend them. Thus, artworks can teach the society compassion for the close ones, and that means to help suffering people.
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'Art can both evoke emotions, and distract from them. Contemporary art touches upon the painful matters of the society. It can elevate the viewer to a new level of freedom,' project curator Mikhail Sidlin said ahead of the exhibition.
The exhibition Takeda. Pain and Will unites works by Moscow artists, dedicated to the problem of pain and freeing from it. The paintings by Yana Smetanina tell stories of real people the artist met at a hospice. A video performance by Liza Morozova presents an artist, who voluntarily subjects herself to pain. The project by MishMash duo is bases on old dentistry manuals. Khaim Sokol's series is dedicated to famous people who went through torture and concentration camps. The ceramic and metal work by Olga and Oleg Tatarintsev is dedicated to artists, who overcame fear and continued working in countries that banned their work. Aristarkh Chernyshev's multimedia piece offers the author's interpretation of the eternal theme of life and death, the frailty of life and the transience of being.
STELLA ART FOUNDATION
'Our foundation is sincerely happy to host the exhibition Pain and Will. We have vast experience of supporting projects in medicine. Together with UNESCO and the UN, we helped children with HIV. I have no doubt that collaboration with Takeda Russia will give us a chance to claim the important role of art on all levels of human life,' Stella Art Foundation president, Stella Kesayeva, said.
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Stella Art Foundation
Skaryatinsky pereulok, 7
121069, Moscow, Russia
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 12:00 - 19:00