Zamaninda. Russian avant-garde in Baku | FORM

Baku / 2018

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The exhibition Upon Request. The Russian Avant-Garde Collection of the Regional Museums. 1900–1930, hosted in Baku is the starting point of international activity for the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre.


Zamaninda (an equivalent name of the exhibition in Azerbaijani) is located in the Heydar Aliyev Centre. Just like Russian avant-garde artists, the architects of FORM have based their stage design on the breakaway from classical rules and traditions by rejecting sentimental architectural setting, extraneous both to the theme and the building.


The only relevant allusion is to Stanley Kubrick’s A Space Odyssey — one can imagine a space ship taking onboard the main treasures of the Russian avant-garde.


Light is at the heart of the exhibition scenography. The area had a black textile ceiling with spotlights. The architects proposed to replace it with ambient lighting, which is an up to date solution in the world museum practice. This technique was given a twist: joining the partitioning elements with the general floodlight and room for exhibition labels, FORM managed to meet several objectives while creating an illusion of soaring in zero gravity.


Design: Olga Treivas, Vera Odyn, Elena Kornilova
Curators: Andrey Sarabyanov, Maria Nasimova
Location: Baku, Heydar Aliyev Centre
Photography: Olga Alekseenko

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    The exhibition Upon Request. The Russian Avant-Garde Collection of the Regional Museums. 1900–1930, hosted in Baku is the starting point of international activity for the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre. Zamaninda (an equivalent name of the exhibition in Azerbaijani) is located in the Heydar Aliyev Centre. Just like Russian avant-garde artists, the architects of FORM have based their stage design on the breakaway from classical rules and traditions by rejecting sentimental...

    Project details
    • Year 2018
    • Work started in 2018
    • Work finished in 2018
    • Main structure Mixed structure
    • Client Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre (Moscow)
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Exhibition Design / Custom Furniture / Exhibitions /Installations
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