Cats in Manezh art exhibition
An exhibition of contemporary Russian art will take place in Moscow “New Arena” before the New Year. The art exhibition is dedicated to the most popular characters of network space in recent years – cats, RIA Novosti reported. About 80 contemporary Russian artists will present their works for the exhibition “Cats in the Manezh”, many of which are made specifically for the project. Works will be presented in different genres: painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, video and art installation. Among the participants of the exhibition are Tselkov, Oscar Rabin, Pavel Pepperstein, Tatiana Akhmetgalieva, Vlad Kul’kov, Rostan Tavasiev. The exhibition will be held from 30 December 2014 to 20 January 2015.
“The powerful cultural expansion of cats is carried out using all available information channels – popular video hosts daily share thousands of clips depicting heartwarming cats, social networks broadcast news from the world of charismatic mouse catchers – any blogger, posting a cat, guarantees himself the increasing number of “likes”.
According to exhibition manager Egor Koshelev, world-renowned artists depicted cats in their paintings long before the advent of the Internet. Among the old masters it was Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, but contemporary Russian artists still “avoid them.”
Oleg Tselkov. With Cat, 1993. Sloane Gallery of Art. Russian nonconformist artist Oleg Tselkov (b. 15 July 1934) is known for his strange, painted in bright color faces, depicted inner psychological patterns of violence in contemporary culture.