Dmitry Krymov, head of the course at Directing faculty with theatre director Evgeny Kamenkovich (joint course of directing and set design) is participating this year at the 58th Venice Biennale. He’s taking part in the special project of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and Stella Art Foundation: “There is a Beginning in the End”, a modern art exhibition in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Venetian artist Jacopo Robusti, called Tintoretto.
The exhibition will be set at the Church of San Fantin, where Tintoretto’s paintings used to be displayed. The space will host works by contemporary artists Dmitry Krymov (Russia), Irina Nakhova (Russia) and Gary Hill (USA). These pieces will be in dialogue with a painting by Emilio Vedova, a modernist Italian artist and one of Tintoretto’s followers, and the historical context of the venue. The painting The Origin of Love (1562) by Tintoretto from the collection of the famous Venetian antiquarian Pietro Scarpa will become the conceptual center of the exhibition. An intervention project by the !Mediengruppe Bitnik team from Switzerland will complement the exhibition and stress the atmosphere of participation and affiliation with a secret Venetian brotherhood.
Dmitry Krymov with the help of GITIS students from the joint course, is setting the performative installation inspired by the Last Supper. As an interpretation of this biblical story. In the altar of the San Fantin Church he constructs an alternative reality based on trompe-l’oeil, an optical illusion, thereby causing the viewers to doubt the correctness of their perception.