May 5th, 2011 by Leo Plaw Other language versions  

Viktor Safonkin – Ludwig Museum in Russian Museum

Viktor Safonkin in the Russian Museum

Viktor Safonkin in the Russian Museum

Viktor Safonkin will be exhibiting at the prestigious Russian Musuem in St. Petersburg, Russia, June 2011. Viktor is the first representative of Russian Fantastic Realism exhibited in the museum. There will be an official press conference with media and TV reporting.

The Russian Museum is the first state museum of Russian fine art in the country. It was established in 1895 in St Petersburg under the decree of the Emperor Nicholas II and opened for visitors on March 19 1898.

The Russian Museum today is a unique depository of artistic treasures, a famous restoration centre, an authoritative institute of academic research, one of the major cultural and educational centres, research and methodological centre of art museums of the Russian Federation, overseeing activities of 260 art museums of Russia. It houses collections of artworks from internationally renowned artists such as, Repin, Malevich, Shagal and Kadinsky.

Viktor Safonkin is working with tropes (all kinds of parables) very seriously. Apart from the traditional allegory (depiction of abstract ideas with particular artistic images), he uses what can be called an occasional allegory. This stands for private allegory which the author has discovered empirically and included in his personal iconography; it is akin not to metaphor, but rather to metabola which appeared in the poetics of the last third of the 20th century as an expressive means of Metarealism.

Metarealism is the realism of many realities connected by continuity of metabolic metamorphoses. There is a reality open to the vision of an ant, and a reality open to the wanderings of an electron, and a reality compressed inside a mathematical formula, and a reality about which they say ‘angels’ fly on azure heights. Metabolic image is the way these realities are interrelated, it is an assertion of their ongoing unification” (Mikhail Epshtein).

Not merely a resemblance, but a mutual involvement of different worlds equal in their reality — this is what the artist’s pathos seems to be. Besides, one should take transtemporality into account: the artist freely travels not only across “realities”, but also in time.

Viktor Safonkin – Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: 12 June – 25 July 2011
Opening Reception: 12 June 4pm
Opening Times:
Daily, except Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Mondays and public holidays from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Russian Musuem
Marble Palace
5/1 Millionnaya Str. (Metro – Nevsky Prospekt)
St. Petersburg

Tel: +7 812 3129054

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