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Venues and artists of the parallel program

Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts

Ekaterinburg, 11 Vayner street

+7 (343) 371 06 26  

Open: Thu Fri  Sat Sun   11:00 am -7:00 pm

Wed Thurs  11:00 am – 8:00 pm

September 9 – October 15, 2010

Organized by Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts, Consulate-General of France in Ekaterinburg and  Alliance Francaise d'Ekaterinburg and sponsored by Culturesfrance, Culture Department of Ekaterinburg city administration, and the “Media Markt” chain of consumer electronics stores.

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Pierre Coulibeuf (France)

Inside the Labyrinth (Within the framework of the Year of France in Russia)

Curators: Lorand Hegyi and Nikita Korytin

In his films and photography  Pierre Coulibeuf creates a language of interaction between different forms of art. By adopting an idiosyncratic personal perspective he challenges conventional perceptions of reality.  Among the characters of his films are the great figures of our day and age:

Pierre Klossowski, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Marina Abramovich, Michel Butor, Jean-Marc Bustamante, Jean Faber, Meg Stuart. The exhibition project titled “Inside the Labyrinth” consists of videos and 40 images that are divided thematically into several installations.

Pia Lindman (Finland)


Curator: Alisa Prudnikova

The chemical factory specializing in producing acids occupied a building in downtown Ekaterinburg, which belongs to the local metal processing factory. Because of high concentration of acid in the interior walls of the building it can no longer be used. Neither can it be destroyed because of its value as a fine work of architecture. This building reminds the artist of her recent mercury poisoning, which caused sensory impairment and lack of coordination with all the bodily movements effectively blocked. Similarly, the poisoned building seems to clog or paralyze cultural, social and economic arteries of the city. The artist contemplates the ways to reintegrate this poisoned structure into the movements of the urban body, into its very texture.  She discovers three aspects in the solution of this problem. “Manaa” in Finnish means “exorcism”, “eviction of evil spirits and demons”.

Yuri Shtapakov (Saint-Petersburg, Russia)

 The Heroes

The installation visualizes the artist's belief in the crucial role of heroic personalities in the life of society: according to the artist, heroic personalities are the backbone of society, they permeate it with invisible ties thereby consolidating it into a unified, cohesive structure. At the core of the project is the idea of the duality of human nature, which combines the individual and the social. “The Heroes” signify the transformation of an individual from an autonomous personality of free will capable of making independent decisions to a mere cog in the machinery, a particle of the society, stripped of any individuality whatsoever. 

The Russian Steppe

Curator: Alisa Prudnikova

For his series of paintings titled “The Russian Steppe” the artist employed old roofing iron that has previously been in use – the material, which already had its own history. Traces of old paint, rust and mechanical defects all work to create a rich texture, which is then transformed into tranquil, serene landscapes that look almost classical.

V.G. Belinsky Regional Academic Library  of Sverdlovsk

Ekaterinburg,  15 Belinsky street

+7 (343)371 26 48

Open:  Mon-Thur  9:00am – 8:00pm

Fri 12:00pm – 8:00pm

Sun 10:00am – 6:00pm

September 6 – October 10, 2010

A Romance with Industry: The Book about a Factory

Curator: Marina Sokolovskaya

The Russian language books about plants and factories selected for this exhibition fall into different categories: gift editions, fiction, advertising brochures, academic studies, reference works, etc.  All of them illustrate the gradual shift in the public concern with industrial production over time, as well as the changes in the objectives of representation of factories and plants and the discursive practices used wherein.

Sverdlovsk Regional Library for Children and Young Adults

Ekaterinburg, 8 Karl Liebknecht street.

 + 7 (343) 371 26 48

October 6-9, 2010 (Open:  Oct. 6-8 10:00 am – 6:00pm,  Oct. 9 12:00pm – 6:00 pm)

Book Manufacture

Curator: Marina Sokolovskaya

The Book Manufacture is a creative laboratory for children, teenagers and their parents. A sequence of workshops and meetings with writers would familiarize the visitors with the minutiae of book manufacturing from the writing of the text to the binding, from the making of paper to postcard design. The participants will have a chance to learn original techniques of drawing and design, and to discover new books, both as hard copies and their electronic versions.

The Ural State University, department of Art and Cultural Studies: The Center for Modern Art 

Ekaterinburg, 51 Lenin av., 4th floor

 + 7 (343) 350 74 49;

Open:  Mon-Fri   12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Sat  12:00pm – 4:00 pm

September 11 – October 8, 2010


Artistic director: Olga Kiseleva (France)

Academic supervisor : Tamara Galeeva (USU Centre for Modern Culture)

Artists: Vadim Guriyanov, Semen Efimov, Darya Kostina, Agata Iordan, Polina Ganzina, Maria Kindler, Maria Beznogova, Anna Zagornaya.

The video  project Life_Factory consists of two interconnected and equally important parts. One of them presents the images of ideal Soviet citizens (a man and a woman) and a utopian picture of factory life. It is pieced together from multiple short fragments of well-known Soviet movies. The second part deals with the same theme, but this time, instead of idealized Soviet hero-workers we are shown a documentary film footage of a typical everyday factory routine and real workers, employees of contemporary Russian factories and plants.

Europe” Business and Shopping Center

Ekaterinburg, 25, Lenin street

+7 (343)251 78 96,  +7 (912) 282 64 49 ,

Open every day  10:00am – 10:00pm

September 10  -  October 9, 2010

In association with D.K. film club

Art collectors Sergey and Elvira Pudov

Industrial themes in paintings from the Urals, 1950s-1960s

Curator: Marina Dashevskaya («White Gallery»)

The project is based on the collection of paintings by the Ural artists that belongs to the Pudov family. Over the last 15 years Sergey Pudov, a third-generation metal worker from the Ural Heavy Engeneering Plant (Uralmash) who knows intimately the technology of steelmaking and the mining equipment, has been acquiring works for his collection.  The current project displays a selection of 35 paintings by the best-known Urals artists of the Socialist realism period, such as Aleksandr Burak, Boris Glushakov, Viktor Zinov, Igor Simonov, and Avrora Sosnovskaya.   The exhibition is accompanied by the screening of an old newsreel series “The Soviet Urals” (1960s-1980s). Visitors will find themselves inside a “time capsule”, which revives the factory checkpoints of the Uralmash, Verkh-Isetsky Mettalurgical Plant or Nizhny Tagil Iron and Steel Plant, bringing to life real people, workshops, machines and technological processes, the toil of miners and steel workers.

The Architect Gallery

Ekaterinburg, 8 Malyshev street

+ 7 (343) 346 45 45

Open every day  10:00 am – 9:00 am

September 10 – October 10, 2010

Catherine Melin (France)

The  Russian Slides 

Curator: Evgeniya Chaika

Catherine Melin believes that the playground structures erected in ordinary Ural courtyards encourage incredible bodily movements. They add to the architecture of the place and  raise questions concerning the bodily movement space. These spaces provided a framework for various kinds of experiments that were carried out in cooperation with dancers and traceurs (practitioners of parkour or free runners) that were filmed on 16mm and 8mm film and on video in October 2008. The idea behind the filming was the recreation of an optical and audio landscape in motion, which the viewers were invited to enter.

Gleb Kosorukov (Moscow, Russia)

100 Stakhanovites

The artist reconstructs a “pantheon” of portraits of workers irrespective of their social status, professional achievements or age and installs it on the premises of a factory. On the one hand “the pantheon” evokes our socialist past with hundred of images of different shapes and sizes depicting the  “sacralized” party leaders flooding the country. On the other hand, it refers to the marketing strategies typical of advanced capitalism, according to which advertising images printed in huge quantities imbue consumer products with an almost mystical power while turning them into objects of adulation.

Yoichi Tanabe (Spain)

Machenes & Magnolias

Curator: Tasneem Salam (Spain)

The works of Yoichi Tanabe has the Japanese meditative quality to it, combined with a European poignancy. In his project Machines & Magnolias  he simultaneously juxtaposes and brings together the opposites – plants and factory spaces. According to the artist both of these are equally capable of evoking beauty, with the only difference being the organic origins of flowers and the man-made quality of lathes.

The “Double Trouble” Group (Katya and Nastya Karpenko, Kaliningrad, Russia)

Seems Closer Than it Seems

The “Double Trouble” group ingeniously employs the playfulness and mischievousness, which are so popular with contemporary artists. The installation consists of several plasma displays that show a live broadcast from the very same exhibition room: the viewers see themselves on the screen as well as the exhibition space behind their backs that got captured by the camera until all of a sudden .....enters Mr. President. The “being there” effect of the important political figures sends an important message: “The powers that be are closer than it may seem!”

Sverdlovsk Regional Museum of Local History

Ekaterinburg, 69/10 Lenin av.

+(7 343) 350 65 75

Open every day 10:00am – 6:00pm

Mon and Tues- closed

August 16 – September 19, 2010

Industrial Landscape of the Ural

Curator: Svetlana Korepanova

This large scale exhibition at Sverdlovsk regional museum of local history presents authentic historical documents  (drawings, blueprints and photographs pertaining to different historical periods) in order to  uncover the little-unknown aspects of the coming into being of the Ural industrial landscape. Of particular value and relevance to the issues addressed by the 1st Ural Industrial Biennial are the photographs taken by V.L. Metenkov and N.A. Terekhov that captured the earliest instance of the transformation of the industrial spaces of the former Ekaterinburg factory into the venue of an important cultural event: the Siberian-Ural Industrial and Scientific Exhibition of 1887.

Museum of Photography “Metenkov's House”

Ekaterinburg, 36 Karl Liebknecht street

+ 7 (343) 371 38 14

Open every day 10:00am – 6:00pm

September 9 – October 1, 2010

Denis Tarasov, Konstantin Salomatin, Vyacheslav Ivanov, Dmitryi Fyodorov, Sergey Poteryaev (Ekaterinburg, Russia)

Industrial Dreams

Curator: Artyom Berkovich

The photographic project Industrial Dreams involves archival materials and the works of contemporary Ekaterinburg photographers. The exposition is structured around the juxtapositions of the artificial and the raw, of nature and industry, of manual work and machine, of body and metal. It raises awareness of the dependency of contemporary humans on the technological environment while prompting the viewer to experience the bankruptcy of industrial Utopia as an existential drama.

Museum “The Ural Literary Life of the 20th century”

(Sub-division of the Associated Museum of Ural Writers)

Ekaterinburg,  10 Proletarskaya street

+7(343) 371 05 91

September 9 – November 1, 2010

Ural Industrial Space  in Works of Art

Curator: Angelina Ryazanova

The mining Urals with its plants, shafts and mines, with the lifestyle of its workers, with a unique experience of space, has always been a subject of attention, study and artistic interpretation. The exhibition titled “Ural Industrial Landscape in the Works of Art” brings together unique collections of graphic art, painting, sculpture, industrial objects, postal cards, photographs, as well as relevant books from the repository of the Associated Museum of Ural Writers.

Tag and Label Museum “Avantage -1”

Ekaterinburg, 2g/4 Shefskaya street

+ (7 343) 349 15 81, + (7 8 912) 24 51 679

Open Mon-Fri  11:00 am – 6:00 pm

closed on Sat and Sun

September 7 – October 15, 2010

The First Five-Year Plans of Design. РЎcommercial graphic design of the 1920s-1930s.  

Curator: Alla Kuznetsova

The revolutionary upheaval of the industrialization period and the yearning for a total transformation of life made deep inroads in the unlikely sphere of commercial advertizing. The Red Army soldiers, the young pioneers marching in rows, planes and steamships with their blaring sirens had made a stormy entrance into the cozy world of commercial graphic designs, the world of perfumes and confections. Now everywhere one could see silhouettes of factories, drawings of proletarians and revolutionaries. “Listen, Earth, to the voice of the Kremlin!” -  poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, the mouthpiece for Mosselprom, was addressing the consumers from a candy wrap.  More than 200 objects from the collection of commercial graphic design of the 1920–1930s will be shown at the Tag and Label Museum of the graphic design company “Avantage – 1". The exhibition was deliberately installed on the premises of an operating company; the guided tour includes a visit to the production facilities.

The “PoLe” Gallery

Ekaterinburg, 50/g Lenin av. (Sverdlovsk film studio)

+ 7 (343) 350 11 49, + 7 (912) 66 35 34

Open: Mon-Fri 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Sat and Sun 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

September 10 – December 10, 2010

Aleksey Potoskuyev, “The Unit of Painters Named After Kazimir Malevitch”, Arkady Urusov

Ural Childhood – Iron Toys

Curator: Vera Lebedeva

The project is dedicated to the growing up of a child that reveals the process of personality development in a very specific industrial environment of the Ural.  The participants of the project will have to resolve the conflict that stems from the juxtaposition of the purity and vulnerability of childhood with the cold and tough industrial structures.

Ekaterinburg, 9 Popova street (facade of the building)

September 9 – October 10, 2010

Andreas Golder (Germany)

It Cannot get Any Worse

Curator: Olga Skalchuk (Moscow, Russia)

Andreas Golder's project It Cannot Get Any Worse is a critical statement about the oftentimes  horrifying reality that we ourselves have brought into being. The idea behind this work is a grotesque representation of culture and society, a satirical take on the surrounding world, which the artist turns inside out. A giant canvas installed on the facade of a building in downtown Ekaterinburg becomes a mirror that speaks the truth about the realities in which we exist. The choice of the city for the display of this project is hardly accidental – Andreas was born in Ekaterinburg and it was here that received his primary artistic training. Today he is internationally renowned artist who has spent the last 20 years living and working in Berlin. He cooperates with the leading international art galleries, including the White Cube. This is exactly why this harsh statement which does not go easy on the audience's sensitivities and which comes from an artist intimately familiar with post-industrial Europe is so relevant for Ekaterinburg, a city, which is yet to fully experience the post-industrial reality.

Hotel Hayatt Regency Ekaterinburg

Ekaterinburg, 8 Boris Yeltsynstreet, ground floor

+7 (343) 253 12 34

September 9 – October 10, 2010

Olga Chernyshova (Moscow, Russia): Panorama   [The “Panorama” series,  2005–2006]

Woks courtesy of “The New Collection” Foundation 

The current project explores a theme which is central to  Chernyshova's artistic vision – her interest in  the strangeness of the mundane, her attention  to the portions of light splashed on people and objects portrayed  at a new angle. Chernyshova draws from her impressions of the 360 degree panorama preserved at the former Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy  (VDNKh) in Moscow since 1959. A visitor could stand at the center of a cylindrical space and watch a special film footage about tourism and recreation projected all around – essentially, a depiction of paradise whose borders effectively matched the state borders of the USSR.  Today this film is still capable of inducing a powerful nostalgic euphoria in its viewers. The circular screen inside which the viewer is watching the film is divided into segments with dark insets separating one segment from another.  These insets testify to the irreparable incompleteness of being, of the impossibility of piecing its fragments together to form a harmonious cohesive whole, however close at hand this harmonious realm may appear – at a distance of one step, of one gaze.  This gaze, however, cannot last forever. In this project the artist again returns to painting, which after a long interruption has come to replace photography and video as her preferred media.  Yet at the same time Chernyshova does not introduce her new works as “pictures” or “paintings”, since they have traditionally symbolized the totality of being. Her “pictures” remain fractions, fragments of the world. Only when assembled together into an installation do they begin to resemble a whole. The physical texture of the paint used by the artist and the monotony of her strokes make the dark inserts merge with the segments. A fragment blends in or grows into the whole, while the whole is assembled from smaller splinters. Light turns into color. The painting becomes the proverbial “water of Death” from Russian fairytales, with the help of which one can reassemble fragments into one body.  Yet at the same time it cannot become the “water of Life”.

The exhibition at Hotel Hyatt does not follow the logic of the cylindrical exposition. Instead, the paintings are incorporated  into the interior layout of the hotel space, which makes them more accessible for the viewers.

Nizhny Tagil Open-Air Museum “The Mining Urals”

Sverdlovsk region, Nizhny Tagil, 1 Lenin av.

+7 (3435) 24 34 82, +(7 3435) 96 95 03                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Open: Wed – Sun 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (please, book your guided tour in advance)

The Old Demidov Factory

Curator: Elvira Merkusheva

The museum was set up on the premises of the oldest Iron and Steel Works of Nizhny Tagil, founded by Akinfiy Demidov in 1720 and represents the origins of the regional metallurgical industry. The exposition consists of six sections that cover the main stages of iron and steel production. Emphasis on  authenticity as the key principle of this open-air museum is evident in the display of a rolling stock and of the factory equipment dating back to the 19th-20th centuries that is installed on the premises of the factory itself. The very architecture of the factory buildings is a visual illustration of the evolution in the styles of industrial architecture of the last three centuries.

The Nizhny Tagil Museum of Fine Arts

Sverdlovsk region, Nizhny Tagil, 7 Uralskaya street

+ 7 (3435) 25 24 29, + 7 (912) 642 48 27     

Open every day except Wed 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

September 6 – October 6, 2010

Iron and Steel Works: The Space of a Hero

Curators: Larisa Smirnykh, Mikhail Podolsky, Elena Ilyina

It was in Nizhny Tagil that, back in 1830s-1840s, three landscape artists V. Raev, P. Vedenetsky and V. Khudoyarov laid the foundation for the development of Russian industrial landscape painting.   The current exhibition includes traditional artworks from the Museum's repository, works of contemporary photographers as well as ironic installations built around semantic allusions and associations. All of them work to create an existential habitat of a heroic steel worker, to convey his evolving sense of self and his changing self-reflexivity across different epochs.

Nevyansk State Museum of History and Architecture

Sverdlovsk region, Nevyansk, 3a Demidov park.

+7 (343) 562 20 56, +7 (343) 562 25 01

September 12 – October 10, 2010

Guided tours upon prior reservations will be held on Sep.11, 18, 25, Oct.2, 9. from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

The History of Mining Industry: The Artistic Perspective and  Prospects of Future Development

The “Grandfather” of all Ural factories, the Nevyansk Iron Works is one of the earliest  projects of the Ural metallurgical industry. The town of Nevyansk has managed to preserve  the luster of industrial and residential buildings dating back to the late 1700s – early 1900s. During the guided tour across the oldest Ural town the visitors will have a chance to immerse themselves in the 300 hundred years of its history: they will visit its museums, climb up the Leaning tower built by the Demidovs and get acquainted with contemporary artistic practices: urban art objects and installations of the young local artist Slike.

Ekaterinburg Gallery of Contemporary Art

Ekatrinburg, 32 Krasnoarmeyskaya street

+7 (343) 350 22 00

Open every day except Sun 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

September 7 – September 21, 2010

Andrew Garn (New York, USA)

Bethlehem steel, 1995–1999. Magnitogorsk 2000

One of the two series of works of the American photographer Andrew Garn was made in 2000 and dedicated to the Industrial capital of the Urals -the city of Magnitogorsk. The second one is a series of photographs taken a little earlier in Bethlehem, an industrial town in Pennsylvania. The exposition at the Gallery of Contemporary Art, which is conceived of as a simultaneous amalgamation  and contrasting of two industrial realities, is a unique meeting point of these two cities that differ geographically and culturally.


Dan Marino, Alan Gignoux: Industreality  (In association with  the U.S. Consulate in Ekaterinburg)

 The project will make use of the different outdoor advertising formats.

33, Lenin av./Eighth of March street

46a Lenin av./Mamin-Sibiryak street

71 Lenin av./Bazhov street

31 Malyshev street/Bankovsky lane

46 Malyshev street/Dobroluibov street

74 Malyshev street/Belinsky street

Boris Yeltsyn street/ Chelyuskinitsy street

132 Lunacharsky street/Lenin av.

Radischev street (mini-market)

83 Lenin street/Vostochnaya street