The First International Young Artists Exhibition and Competition
"DEATH IN MODERN ART".
About the Competition
World Funeral Culture Museum (Novosibirsk), International funeral exhibition "Necropolis" (Moscow), HIART Gallery, (Moscow).
For the first time in Moscow 28 - 30 October (2008) the
first international artistic forum "Death in Modern Art"
was held. After different small death shows all over the
world it was really interesting to see this tremendous
art exhibition devoted to death. More than 350 artists
and sculptors from 24 countries presented their works:
from Ukraine, Germany, Holland, Byelorussia, Uzbekistan,
Israel, Kyrgyztan, Moldova, Lithuania, Kazakhstan,
Georgia, Armenia, Canada, Italy, Finland, Peru, the USA,
South Ossetia, India, Spain, Latvia, Poland and France.
Participants geography changed the status of the
competition primordially All-Russian to International
one.1300 works were declared to participate. More than
1000 guests visited the exhibition. It is the first time
such a great amount of death-theme-works is gathered
Beside painting, graphics and sculptures, at the show
featured decorative and applied arts, installations,
auto aerography, jewelry, tattoo, photo-art,
photo-print, icon painting, sand works, metal
perforation, "kilavar" - panel made of carpet cuttings,
video-installations, funeral clothes, sewing, collages,
satin-stitch and cross-stitch embroidery, ceramics,
dolls, skulls decorated with pastes, beads and Swarovski
crystals, wood- and china-paintings, wood-carving,
matreshkas, toys, Swarovski crystals installations,
funeral art, memorial architecture projects. As
anticipated the show was simply amazing and overwhelming.
Great variety of themes is found in the works of art:
from bible stories and works of modern icon painters to
problems of alcoholism, drug addiction and teenage
suicide. The artists were not indifferent to the recent
events at the Caucasus.
Unique style, original solutions, sophisticated ideas
and complicated technique of experienced and young
artists shocked visitors. The impression of this show
was tremendous. Indelible effect had this exhibition on
every participant and guests mind. No one stayed
Dr. Soerries, Director of Funeral Culture Museum,
Kassel, Germany, Co-Chairman of the Competition, noted
that the scale of "Death in Modern Art" is unbelievable.
Dr. Lichtner, Executive Director of German Union of
Funeral Organizations, one of Expert-Committee of the
Competition, suggested that the exposition of paintings
should be displayed at BEFA-2010
(Bestattungsfachausstellung) and at the German Museum of
Sepulkralkultur. This will make the
Exhibition-Competition, a truly global event and will
attract new artists and will motivate them to create
more and more.
Competition Advisory Committee (Jury):
The Chairman of the Competition - Sergey Yakushin, the
President of the international exhibition "Necropolis"
(Moscow), Member of Artist Union of Russia, Member of
the European Academy of Natural Sciences, Member
International Association of Designers, Member of
Journalist Union of Russia, Publisher of "Funeral Home"
Magazine, Investor of World Funeral Culture Museum in
Co-Chairman of the Competition - Dr. Reiner Soerries,
Arts Critic, Director of Funeral Culture Museum, Kassel,
Co-Chairman of the Competition - Aram Grigoryan,
Corresponding Member of Russian Academy of Arts,
Vice-President of Creative Union of Artists of Russia,
Competition Expert Committee:
Dr. Rolf Lichtner - Executive Director of German Union
of Funeral Organizations
Izabella Rim - Honored Artist of Russia, Member of the
European Academy of Natural Sciences, Member of
Presidium and Chief of "Art-Design" Section of
International Designers Public Association, Director and
Chairman of Design Section of Creative Union of Artists
of Russia, Moscow.
Natalia Papanova - museum critic, Director of HIART
GALLERY, Coordinator of the Competition, Moscow.
Anna Benidovskaya - candidate of Arts, senior researcher
of State Tretyakov Gallery
Kirill Golikov - Member of Presidium of Moscow
Department of International Designers Association.