curators: Dr. Eckhart Gillen, Prof. Peter Weibel, Danila Bulatov
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts (Brussels), ZKM|Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, the ROSIZO State Museum and Exhibition Centre, present the exhibition “Facing the Future: Art in Europe 1945–1968”. This project, unique in its scale, has been lasting for two years already and has been presented to the audience in Brussels and Karlsruhe. Despite alterations of the display from one exhibition to another, the general concept remains the same: it is a perspective outlook on the post-war art and culture of East and West Europe as an integral artistic scenery, created by artists of different countries no matter their political commitment.
The exhibition covers a period of almost 25 years – a period of the century’s major war conflicts, new threats coming from highly destructive weapons and local wars that could easily transform into total ones. It is a period of collisions of the “cold war” that separated peoples with its “iron curtain” and the walls that, by the end of the 1960s, separated generations of “fathers” and “sons”, whose ethical expectations from one another were sometimes set too high.
The five sections of the display include paintings, sculptures, installations, mobiles, performances documented on video and photographs, posters, and other materials helping the viewer immerse into the historical context.