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01.03.2015
The Green Pavilion
(Russia, 56th Biennale in Venice)

The “Green Pavilion” by Irina Nakhova (Russian-American, b. 1955) is in dialogue with Ilya Kabakov’s “Red Pavilion,” built for the 45th Venice Biennale in 1993. In “The Red Pavilion” Kabakov demonstrated the importance of discourse of color for Soviet modernists and postmodernists, who transferred it from signifier to signified, or from formalism to socio-formalism. By building “The Red Pavillion” in the courtyard, Kabakov left the Russian Pavilion—the erected by Aleksei Shchusev, the architect of the Lenin Mausoleum—empty, thus creating a metaphor that embodied the non-institutional status of Moscow vanguard artists and their non-involvement in the culture industry. This gesture of de-interiorization also signified these artists' entry onto the international stage. More...

18.05.2014

February 6, 2014. Stella Kesaeva, the president of Stella Art Foundation and commissioner of the Russian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, announced that the Pavilion artist at the 56th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia will be Irina Nakhova. More...

16.05.2014

April 3, 2014. Stella Kesaeva, the commissioner of the Russian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, announced the appointment of the Russian Pavilion curator at the 56th Biennale. The role will be taken by the independent curator, scholar and critic, Margarita Tupitsyn. More...