Opening of the first exhibition by a new gallery-sharing initiative called Open Circle pioneered by Fragment Gallery was held in Moscow on 17 September. The theme of the first collaborative exhibition, which occupies a whole Fragment gallery space, is ‘The New (Sur)Realism’. It reflects, in the best possible way, times we all live in and shows different angles of contemporary artists practice, and strikes a balance between illusory, fictional and real life.
Each participating gallery was invited to become a co-curator of the month-long exhibition and show works by one of its artists. Capsule Shanghai presents a video work by Alice Wang, Lubov — an installation by new media artist Theodore Darst, Raster from Warsaw brings prints by significant Polish artist Aneta Grzeszykowska, Temnikova & Kasela (Tallinn) — works by Jaanus Samma, who presented Estonia at the 56th Venice Biennale, and Fragment gallery shows paintings by Canadian artist of South Korean origin Sun Woo. Special bilingual platform (Rus/Eng) dedicated to Open Circle will be launched on September 16th.
«Despite only half of previously confirmed participant galleries being able to make it to the final show, I’m glad that Open Circle is finally happening in real life. In a time of very limited travelling, postponement of gallery and museum exhibitions, and cancellation of all major art fairs around the world, it’s important to show Moscow collectors works of international artists, and show them that life is still going on. We plan to make this project every September, to coincide with Cosmoscow art fair, to give galleries and collectors a chance to experience art from around the world not just for four days, but a whole month. We do hope other galleries from Moscow will join forces with us for future editions to create a strong, visible Russian gallery-sharing platform», said Sergey Guschin, founder of Fragment gallery and Open Circle initiative.