Last week I attended my first art exhibition in Moscow at GARAGE Museum of Contemporary Art: Proof by Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein and Roberto Longo.
When you first walk in you find yourself surrounded by 4 ‘bigger than life’ sized pieces. Me and my friend arrived at the museum with no clue on what the exhibition was about or what was going to be featured. We showed up, got tickets and went inside to take a peek! This explains why at first we though it was a photography exhibition. The pieces were so detailed that we had no idea they weren’t photographs! As we strolled along and we got closer to the pieces we realized that everything was done with charcoal: we were absolutely stunned!
Not only by the refined details of the drawings but by their size. As you can see by this picture, it was twice my height ( I’m not the tallest girl but still that’s impressive!!!) I can’t even imagine how long it must have taken them to complete. I know that when I draw it takes me ages to complete a tiny piece that I am relatively happy with. So I have huge respect for these talented artists. I urge everyone to go see it.
What makes this exhibition special to me is that it is by 3 different artists that lived during 3 different time periods.The art reflects their experience of social, political and economic change. I think that through their art, in a way, they shared deeper messages of the effects that certain actions had on their society. The exhibition had very diverse mediums, including video and sculpture. Nevertheless in my opinion the drawings took center stage. What I was most mesmerised by was the use of color, or actually, the absence of it.To me this symbolised the ‘black and white’ aspects of the world. The 2 opposing boundaries/ extremes of color: Right and Wrong & Good and Bad. Through the exhibition this was very prominent, many of the images depicted: very strong images such as protestors, police as well as forests and large waves. The exhibition had me captivated the whole way through, it was as though I was being drawn in and transported into the drawings, as if I was there during the artists’ lifetimes. This was truly a unique experience for me: being surrounded by such powerful art was very inspiring. I think we should always go and take a look at these exhibitions and immerse ourselves in something greater than us, something that is sharing an important message with the world.
Is there an exhibition that has stayed with you along the way? What was the last one you saw? Do you plan on seeing any soon? let me know in the comments I would love to know ❤
(Here is a link to the GARAGE website for more information!)