Exhibition Verge

Exhibition Verge

Valentine Dyakonov
Art critic and expert

Russian art critic and expert on the 20th – 21st century art.

Russian design became widely acknowledged at the same period as Russian art, i.e., in the 1910-1920s. At that time the self-identifications of progressively minded Western and Russian artists had much in common: here and there the artists demonstrated a huge interest in new technologies, targeted the most unspecific audience and consequently aspired to achieve universal artistic solutions considering both economy and aesthetics. Yet, the imminent differences of the addressed audiences could not but draw a line between the Avant-garde practices in the West and in Russia.

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Сonference. Daily & Happy

Happiness is many things to many different people. To Julian Schnabel it is clearly the idea of ceaseless creativity that leads – sometimes inadvertently – to happiness. If Schnabel’s philosophy is that there is no past or future, but an endless present, then his art becomes a means of simultaneously existing in as many places as possible. Happiness for him is the bi-product of multiple acts of creativity. Separating where creativity ends and happiness begins is difficult to describe, as chef Carlo Cracco found. Alberto Alessi meanwhile used the history of his company to challenge our notions of what is serious and what makes us happy.

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BE OPEN Debates Happiness and Offers New Opportunities to Creative Youth: Three BE OPEN Award Winners Announced

Today the winners of the BE OPEN AWARDS, an international scheme for the promotion of young creative talent, were announced.

In first place was ALEXANDRA GINEVA from Russia, who received a grant of 10,000 euros for the implementation of her project, which combines a futuristic winery, vineyard and spa.

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$100m to Be Invested in Intellectual Development by Russian Entrepreneur Elena Baturina

International Design Week of Milan: the launchpad for BE OPEN

The Director of the BE OPEN Foundation today announced the intentions behind a new cultural and philanthropic initiative that aims to harness the brainpower of the global creative elite – the great minds in the arts, education, design, business and the media – and asks them to imagine and then build solutions for the future.

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