Alessandro Papetti: Factories of Utopia

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Julia Zakopaiko for the Moscow Architectural Biennale: The exhibition Moscow, Factories of Utopia by the Italian painter Alessandro Papetti will be held at Muar, Moscow Museum of Architecture from April 26 to June 17. A pictorial survey in 30 large canvasses in which the artist revisits and brings to life some of the most symbolic places of the Soviet industrialization process in the mid of the XX Century: the three great engineering and car factories, ZIL, ZLK and the First PGZ. In this exhibition Papetti returns to industrial archaeology, one of the main topics of his poetics, with paintings of places where humans are no longer present but whose past activities have left strong traces, still perceivable and poignant, even more so as most probably these huge areas will be soon redeveloped. The exhibition is curated by Umberto Zanetti and supported by the Italy Russia Foundation, The Italian Embassy in Moscow and The Italian Institute of Culture and is part of the cycle of shows of Identity, the Moscow Biennial of Architecture. A catalogue will be published in Italian Russian and English by Alberto Allemandi, with essays by the historian Alessandro de Magistris and the art critic Alexander Evangely.

Read more on The Moscow Architectural Biennale.