15 Jul–2 Oct 2022

А project that brings together artworks from the V–A–C Foundation’s collection, Renzo Piano’s architecture, and sound installations by Russian composers will open at GES-2 House of Culture.

Tuning-2 will see the dialogue between sound and architecture that was explored in the original Tuning project complemented by works of visual art from the V–A–C Foundation’s collection. Spanning the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the pieces on display will include works by Wassily Kandinsky, Alexandra Ekster, Bridget Riley, Sigmar Polke, Daniel Knorr, Gerhard Richter, Liz Deschenes, Wade Guyton, Constantin Brâncuși, and Louise Bourgeois, to name but a few.

The Tuning-2 exhibition will seek to trace subtle, complex links between architecture, sound, and visual art. The sound installations that formed the original Tuning project will be joined by three new commissions created especially for GES-2’s Prospekt and Parking by contemporary Russian composers: Moments by Mark Buloshnikov, Forms of Tenderness by Anton Svetlichny, and I campi dei ricordi (Fields of Memories) by Ivan Bushuev.

Over the course of the twentieth century, experiments with pure form and technologies liberated art from the necessity of imitating or influencing reality, taught artists to search for consonances between visual images and musical works, and redefined the role of the artist—where he had once been a creator and producer, he became an explorer

— Andrey Parshikov, V–A–C Foundation curator

The artworks from the Foundation’s collection have been selected to highlight the connections between various mediums, time periods, and spaces on not just a visual level, but also an auditory, even tactile one. The visitor becomes a co-author, with artworks coming to life and changing as the eye falls on them.

Transitional forms of sculpture and painting—spanning the European and Russian avant-garde to contemporary artists—will be on display at GES-2. Visitors will be able to deepen their understanding of the history of abstract art and sculpture as they observe how artists dissolve their works in the exhibition space and listen to music, which becomes a source of inspiration and essential condition for the organising of collective experience.

Chapter 1. Non-objectivity as new visual language

Chapter 2. Three-dimensional experiments

Chapter 3. On the threshold of the visible

Chapter 4. Practicing the collective gesture

Andrei Vasilenko, Andrey Parshikov, Dmitry Renansky, Karen Sarkisov, Elena Yaichnikova

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Booklet [.pdf]