The core of the display at the MMOMA Education Center, which will playfully reference the classical topos of “the three ages of man”, is composed of works from the museum’s collection, as well as several projects by invited artists. It will touch upon both general social and psychological subjects (the cult of youth, beauty industry, the frustration of aging and getting old, ageism) and the age-related aspects of artistic creativity (early and late style, the format of “young art”, the mid-career artist).In its turn, the Museum AZ display will feature four site-specific installations, situated in unexpected zones (the inner courtyard, the rear façade, the roof terrace and the space of “augumented reality”). All of these shall form a utopic image of a beautiful garden, or locus amoenus – the place where time and age, as it seems, lose their relevance.
Anna Arutyunyan (born 1983) is an art historian, curator, Senior Research Fellow of the Research Department of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA), and a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Arts. She graduated with honors from the History and Theory of Art Department of the Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2006. Arutyunyan is the author of the MMOMA collection guide "The Artists of Theater and Cinema" (Moscow: Meier, 2014, in Russian).
Their joint curatorial projects at MMOMA include: "Dreams for Those Who Are Awake" (2013, collection display), "Fortune Museum" (2014-2015, with Vasili Tsereteli, collection display), "One Within the Other. Art of New and Old Media in the Age of High-speed Internet" (2015-2016, nominee of the Kuryokhin Prize 2015), "PLAYMMOMA: the Game of Contemporary Art!" Kids Festival (2016, with Polina Zotova, nominee of the Kuryokhin Prize 2016), "What Appears to Dmitri Prigov's Poor Cleaning Lady? A Gift to the Moscow Museum of Modern Art" (2017), "Nikita Makarov. Finis terrae: on the Fringe of an Enchanted World" (2017), "Haim Sokol. Testimony" (2018).Their selected projects with other institutions: "Words and Things. Unveiling a Collection" at the Bulgakov Museum (Moscow, 2014-2016), "To Step in the River Twice. Paintings of Andrey Esionov" at the State Museum of Arts of Uzbekistan (Tashkent, 2017) and "Alexey Martins. Heat Forms" at Fragment Gallery (Moscow, 2018).