The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts debuts at the Venice Biennale with the exhibition “Man as Bird. Images of Journeys” organized in the framework of the parallel program. The show explores the interaction of discoveries in optics and art – domains that are always connected with their ambition to cognize the world and to determine the place of man in it. At all times, the man has been trying to push the limits of the visible and find new angles of view by carrying out expeditions to distant places or improving the very means of seeing. This historical way can be compared to the inner transformation the man experiences throughout life.
The exhibition will become a space uniting the creative activities of 14 Russian and foreign artists working with different media: sound and light installations, video, photography, and art objects. Along with telling the viewers about history and offering them an unusual visual experience, it reflects the latest trends in contemporary art where advanced technologies coexist with traditional media considerably pushing the boundaries of the possibilities of artistic expression and perception. The complete and realistic feeling of traveling through time will be enhanced by the very space of the exhibition – the 15th-century palazzo Soranzo Van Axel. The old brick walls, lancet windows and visible wooden beams create a special atmosphere and cultural context for interpreting the pieces created by contemporary artists. Some of the artworks will be site-specific.