On view from April 19, 2012 to April 28, 2012
“Toasting to the Revolution” at Family Business Gallery brings together six young Russian artists in a show curated by Daria Irincheeva. Among their ideas is to comment upon Russia’s present day socio-political environment. These artists along with many of their compatriots are fed up with the apparent corruption, disregard for basic civil and human rights and are greatly disillusioned by the perceived illegitimacy of the recent presidential elections. They present work with the fundamental question of whether art can bring change to their country. This, in an environment where much of the spirit for change is like the ancient Russian culture of toasting, where repeated pledges, proposals and salutations go on for several minutes. These passionate exhortations of precious thoughts and sentiments, that make poets, philosophers and revolutionaries of all, are often forgotten upon morning light when all that’s left is a hangover’s stench and one wonders what, if anything, can come of this?
Family Business is a collaboration between CCS Bard, artist Maurizio Cattelan, and curator Massimiliano Gioni.
Family Business is made possible with support from, Dakis Joannou, Antonella Rodriguez, and David Teiger.