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Moscow Museum of Modern Art announces Things, Words and Consequences

Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents Things, Words and Consequences, an exhibition on view September 15 – October 14, 2012.

Exhibition “Things, Words and Consequences” presents artists from many countries, whose artwork, regardless methods and techniques used — installations or sculpture, drawing or paintings, video or performance — has a key meaning not only in respect to the latest art practices but for the life of the society itself in the age of global communication network. The nature, the role and the status of a language is the main issue here. Language has powers so obviously ubiquitous and, at the same time, so faintly definable. Languages, or, in a wider sense, sign systems, capable of producing unlimited meanings, manifest themselves throughout variety of levels. Language is around us and inside us: this linguistic environment constantly produces and regulates our relationships, ideas and emotions — everything that claims to be “reality”. One can see language in action only if they step away from the usual flows of communication, at a certain distance where speech norms would reveal their social conventionality. So, every artwork in the exhibition can be viewed as a research of the marginal instances of communication: speech disorders, silencing, hints, indirect or implicit significations. There have been many ways to go beyond the boundaries of language usage in art history, for example Russian Avant-Garde’s «Zaum». Nowadays, when discourses are produced on such a mass scale, local artistic traditions and schools tend to have mixed within the global media-sphere. Artists do not any more strive for building their own original languages, but recombine elements of various linguistic systems. They do not want to create some unique imaginary worlds, safely distanced from the reality, but seek for new viewpoints from where the images of the present, depicted with usual language means, can be revealed as incomplete, paradoxical, fraught with unpredictable consequences.

Moscow Museum of Modern Art, 17 Ermolaevsky Lane

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