Significant participation of Marie-Musiol in " Living Matters" at the Tretyakov National Gallery (Moscow)

The gallery PFOAC is proud to announce that Marie-Jeanne Musiol is presenting several series of works in a large exhibition currently on view at the New Tretyakov Gallery, the contemporary arm of the Tretyakov Museum in Moscow. Living Matter is bringing together from September 2 to October 10, 2021 the works of international and Russian artists in an event dedicated to the planetary ecosystem considered as "living matter" in the perspective of the Russian scientist Vladimir Vernadsky (1863-1945). More than 22 works by Musiol were selected by the curators of the exhibition and are on display. We, at PFOAC, are very proud of this new achievement by Marie-Jeanne whose work is also presented currently in Ecologies. A Song for Our Planet at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.



The artistic approaches that are singularized in this gathering translate among others a refusal of anthropocentrism, the division between the living and the non-living and the dualism between man and nature. Marie-Jeanne Musiol's Plant Cosmos, presented here in their entirety, reveal the ongoing energetic exchanges between various orders of the living. The artist is showing for the first time in Russia her works resulting from techniques in electrophotography which were developed and perfected since the 30s in this country.




Living matter (English traduction of text website)

The State Tretyakov Gallery together with the Polytechnic Museum, the State Museum and Exhibition Center ROSIZO and Triumph Gallery present the multidisciplinary project Living matter, which continues the tradition of showing experimental exhibitions in the West Wing of the New Tretyakov Gallery, which demonstrate to the public the most important trends of the modern society of art and science. The exposition includes more than 300 works by 50 artists from Russia, Denmark, France, Sweden, Finland, Holland, USA, Canada, Italy, Japan, Turkey and other countries.

A large-scale exhibition project is aimed at artistic understanding of the changes taking place in the ecosystem of the planet, as well as the role of man in these processes.

The title of the project refers to the philosophical heritage of the Russian scientist Vladimir Vernadsky (1863–1945), whose ideas remain in demand in today's discussions. Vernadsky was one of the first to see in man a "geological force" and formulated the concept of the biosphere as "living matter" - "the whole community of organisms, plants and animals, including man." He proposed to perceive the development of the planet as an integral process, and to consider man and nature in its unity. Based on these ideas, Vernadsky proposed options for resolving global environmental problems, many of which remain relevant today.

Some concepts of modern philosophical thought and art practice are consonant with the ideas of Vernadsky. The artistic approaches of the exhibition participants are distinguished by the denial of anthropocentrism and the dualism of man and nature, living and nonliving, active force and passive matter. In their works, the authors combine scientific research and artistic creativity, interest in traditional practices and new technologies, rationality and intuition. Placing a person on a single ontological plane withother entities, the works of artists analyze the connections between various forms of living things, visualize the network of interaction between human and non-human communities, create a picture in which Homo Sapiens is part of a large, constantly changing ecosystem of the planet. 

Thanks to the works of the authors, we look at the world from the position of underground inhabitants or descend into the deep layers of the hydrosphere, penetrate into the microcosm of creatures invisible to ordinary vision, or see the surrounding landscape from a bird's eye view. Art invites us to become inhabitants of an unfamiliar environment, living in it with the help of new senses, and the change of optics and the inclusion of previously excluded objects into it seems to be a radical step that has planetary significance today.

The exhibition presents works made in various techniques and genres: immersive installations and sculptures, objects and photographs, video and sound installations. A number of important video installations of the exhibition will be integrated into the urban environment and shown on the media screen in Moscow City in collaboration with the Public Digital Art Fund.

The Living matter project will be the first carbon-neutral exhibition in Russia. Greenvest will plant conifers on a 3-hectare site in the Vladimir Region, which will fully offset the project's carbon footprint for 30 years.



5 September 2021