On March 6, 2017 the Center for Fine Arts (BOZAR) together in partnership with the Pushkin State Museum of fine Arts and ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe inaugurated the exhibition “Facing the Future. Art in Europe 1945-1968” in Moscow, Russia. The exhibition was praised by The Art Newspaper Russia as an “extremely important international project” overcoming the “conventional ideological divisions between the free West and the communist East”.
The exhibition is accompanied by a large-scale educational program co-organized with the Tretyakov Gallery and the Museum of Moscow featuring numerous round tables, cinema screenings and concerts culminating in a final round table on May 20, 2017 gathering Russian and European art historians, artists and curators. The main topics of the roundtable are strengthening cooperation between museums in Russia and Europe, the post-Cold War efforts to rethink post World War II narratives in art history, and the legacies of the postwar modernisms that emerged in the art of the 1970s-1990s.
Despite the impending close to the exhibition tour, BOZAR and its partners the Fondazione Pistoletto, kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art, University of Jyväskylä, ZKM Karlsruhe and the Pushkin Museum will continue the conversations about cultural relations between Eastern and Western Europe from the postwar era through today. Another major roundtable discussion is scheduled to take place in Brussels in the Autumn of 2017. After a first workshop in Moscow, a selection of artists and researchers from across Europe will continue their research on the topics raised by the exhibition throughout 2017 in order to prepare a contemporary exhibition that will tour in Riga, Brussels and Krakow in 2018.
The roundtables and the workshop taking place in Moscow are made possible thanks to the generous support of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation, within its charitable program "Cultural Symphony". These initiatives are part of the European project “Trauma & Revival”, supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.