We have never stopped building Utopia - Valery Koshlyakov

Day by day we discover the art exhibitions in Venice and today we take off hat to our fellow Valery Koshlyakov who is back to Venice 14 years later, after he has been a part of the 50th Biennale.

Utopia followed by inevitable fall of splendor is cleverly presented within the walls of Ca’ Foscari Exposition Palace which is beginning to crumble away with age. You take stone stairs with visible cracks to watch the grandiose paintings and fragile sculptures exhibited. Looking at the painting, noticing the details, you recognize the monuments of great civilizations but they are blurred, like a miracle or a daydream. Was it Kremlin? St Peter’s Cathedral in the center of the gigantic composition?

 

Koshlyakov flavours his works with the social classicism details and he doesn’t make too much of rich material. Even though we are in magnificent Venice the artist prefers cardboard to canvas, joining the pieces with scotch that makes the artwork huge but fragile.

Standing at one of the small venetian bridges you can catch yourself thinking of a city with a deep history behind, one generation has died out during the plague for new generation to come, imagine if the underworld of Venice might cherish the memories of it, the priceless heritage and the alluring beauty of Venice attracts the whole world, it seems unstoppable, eternal and powerful but the city is slowly disappearing in water and its backbones can become a ghost-city just in several decades. It seems fragile as well.

Valery Koshlyakov is considered one of the most important contemporary russian artists, he has been and is exhibited in Louvre, Centre Pompidou, Guggenheim Museum, Tretyakov Gallery, Pushkin Museum and Museum of Russian Impressionism.

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