Russia is a very controversial issue. Someone still perceive the power of that old, socialist country, some other strongly criticize it and complain about its society and culture. On one hand you can see Russian millionaires emerging for their art and fashion purchases, on the other hand you can see the mass struggled by troubles like mafia, drug, prostitution.

Whatever you may think about that people writing wired letters, that for decades competed against USA without knowing any English word, you should be aware that Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, in Turin, in collaboration with Victoria – The Art of Being Contemporary foundation in Moscow, presented a major exhibition of Russian contemporary art, entitled Modernikon. Contemporary Art from Russia, in order to celebrate the Year of the Italian Culture and Language in Russia and of the Russian Culture and Language in Italy. Quite sad but definitely a must, until 27 february 2011.

© Mustikka

Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo

Selected by Ingrid Melano


First time – Helsinki

Something fresh is at Kiasma museum of contemporary art: First Time – Eka Kerta, from Kultu, a group of young people that co-created the art piece with contemporary artist Heta Kuchka.

Basically one enters into a dark room called Room X, like video rooms very common in contemporary art museum, and find himself catwalking on a real stage, with chairs for a possibile public. Music is loud and exciting, turning the head towards the models’ entrance, one can see that on the screen is transmitted the true fashion show of the performance, done in the vernissage day.

Models’ nordic style is precise, except from their t-shirt talking about young Europeans’ fears, in different languages obviously. Young people’s fears are usually very concrete dealing with (un)employment, environmental issues or worrying about studies but also abstract fears such as loneliness, failure or the fear of future.

A cool show, lasting half an hour. On exhibition from 20th of November all the way to the end of the collection exhibition in February 2011, First Time is a part of bigger project, Youth Art Interchange co-operated with other youth groups in Tate Britain in London, Tate Liverpool and the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

Cultural Interpreters aka Kultu are a  Helsinki based group of 16-22 year-olds intrested in art and culture. They are volunteering in different kind of projects and arranging happenings at Kiasma. Their aim is to attract more varied audiences to contemporary art and  to the shows Kiasma puts on. Kultu’s have related groups around Europe, Young Tates in Liverpool, Raw Canvas(Tate Modern) and Tate Forum (Tate Britain) in London and Young Tate St. Ives in St. Ives, Art Session (Centre Pompidou) in Paris and Equipo <18 (Reina Sofia) in Madrid.