Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow

Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture, | Gorky Park, 9/32 Krymsky Val St.
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Viacheslav Koleichuk: Atom 1967/2018
17.03.2018 - 26.08.2018

Originally commissioned by the Institute of Nuclear Energy and constructed in 1967, Atom is one of the key works in the history of Russian kinetic art.

The thirteen-meter-high structure was a monumental feat of artistic and engineering innovation, incorporating light projections, sound, and movement. Initiated at a time when official Soviet organizations were interested in collaborating with artists to integrate art into the life of the city, the sculpture was initially constructed on the square in front of the government institute by the then twenty-six-year-old artist, in collaboration with his wife, Marina Koleichuk, and engineer Gennady Rykunov.

Fifty years later, Garage presents the first reconstruction of Atom—working closely with the artist, his daughter Anna Koleichuk, and engineer Gennady Rykunov—as part of Garage Square Commissions.

The reconstruction of Atom coincides with the exhibition The Other Trans-Atlantic. Kinetic and Op Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America 1950s – 1970s organized by the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw in collaboration with Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

Organized by Snejana Krasteva, Garage Curator