Moscow diaries

"Moscow diaries" is the exhibition project, that arises from collaboration between Museum of American Art, Berlin (MoAA, Berlin) and Center for Experimental Museology (CEM). Each institution will present a quasi-museum installation, based on a critical approach to the main lines of "accepted" history of modern art. MoAA Berlin explores the context in which the inclusion of the historical avant-garde leader Kazimir Malevich in the canon of modernist art took place, and will reconstruct the part of the famous exhibition curated by Alfred Barr, "Cubism and Abstract Art" (MOMA, 1936). The narrative of development of artistic styles proposed by A.Barr to explain the origin of abstraction subsequently became widely accepted and was perceived retrospectively by European museums after the Second World War. After the collapse of the Soviet Union it formed the conceptual basis of institutions of contemporary art in post-Soviet Russia. That explains the reception Malevich primarily as a painter of western art history. CSE will recreate a situation in which there a Alfred Barr and Walter Benjamin faced the art of historical avant-garde, during their visit to the USSR. And will reconstruct an alternative view of the history of art, based on the example of experimental exhibitions by A. Fedorov-Davydov, head of the department of new Russian art of the Tretyakov Gallery.