We left our hotel and went out exploring that morning, taking a long canal cruise and stopping by St Mark Square while quickly refusing to pay 15€ for a beer. We walked through the alleys and after wandering a bit, we saw an add for the “Danger Museum”. Thinking it has to be something cool with that name, we embarked down the alleys twisting and turning following the arrows. When we finally walked up to the front door we walked in to an awesome free exhibition by artists Vladimir Dubossarsky and Alexander Vinogradov from Russia.
It was a refreshing look away from old paintings of Saints in Churches, or nobles of the 15th and 16th entries. We laughed at the Giraffes being awkward while mating in the first painting, the cherubs getting drunk on the wine in the next, Nostradamus holding airplanes and Obama as Napoleon fighting off the monsters.
Each piece had a camera embedded to what I only assume take video/pictures of people viewing for some later art installment?
As an institution, the art museum accumulates a large amount of powerful energy from various dynamic and creative spirits, which it then shares with the audience. Vladimir Dubossarsky and Alexander Vinogradov reveal the secret life of an imaginary museum hidden from the viewer’s eye. Renaissance, avant-garde and mass-media images are synthesized in the monumental paintings created for this project. The texture of large canvases and the smell of oil are still regarded as essential attributes of the Old Masters, which refer to the heritage of Raphael, Tintoretto, Durer, Veronese, da Vinci, Titian, Rembrandt and many other great masters.
The audience, however, should be prepared for something unexpected. While they are looking at the paintings, the paintings are observing them. Thus, the viewer becomes a part of the installation. The museum is not a safe place for the audience anymore. We are constantly being watched, even in the quiet and cool exhibition halls. The relationship between art and the audience becomes a crucial part of the project, no less important than the paintings themselves. This dynamic interaction provides food for the artists’ further projects and research.
If your in Venice before Nov 22, it’s a quick cheap way to see some great artwork.