The Bell

0_1Installation “The Bell”
Exhibition “High hopes museum”
National Centre for Contemporary Arts “Arsenal”, Volga region branch, Nizhny Novgorod
Artem Fialtov, Vladimir Chernyshev, 2015

In traditional culture all it’s parts have the symbolical meaning: the type of ceremony, the style of woodcut architrave or a dress with a special ornament – all these signs are possessing special knowledge. The ancients cultural codes push out from the rapidly changing city’s environment, when at the same time they die out alongside with abandon village houses.

In our installation we decided to use old wood taken from abandon houses in Nizhny Novgorod region, these material was used to build a serial of seven arches. An arch is a key symbol in different cultures, that speaks about divine or civil power that exceeds the possibilities of the common. Today the arch is an empty form with out it’s prime meaning, the from that became a part of decoration. Arches were commonly headed with images or bas-reliefs of emblem of the city or honorable family line, religious icon or motifs of heroic deed in war time.  

For our arches we picked wooded blocks that heavily damaged by water and soil, with shape triangular edges, that with out imitation of architactural from could remind us of something between human work and piece of nature. When we stumbled upon the question about what to paint on the central wooden arch, we paid much attantion to the fact, that it has two sides. This dulaism, the will to show two parts of one thing led us to a delicate comparison, that should be well known to anyone who is living in Russia.



High Hopes Museum exhibition marks the opening of the Arsenal building of the Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin after restoration works; it demonstrates thematic and value orientations of the NCCA Volga-Vyatka region branch. Large-scale exposition, accommodated by two floors of new exhibition spaces, is dedicated to the great people of the Nizhny Novgorod region which can be conventionally regarded as actual artists of their time. The hall, where the inatallation “The Bell” was made is dedicated to two composers, who were born and spent their child years in Nizhny Novgorod : Mily Balakirev – the founder of The Balakirev Circle, and Mikhail Matyushinavangard composer, futurist, who worked on a opera “Victory over the Sun” with Malevich and Kruchonykh. Together with the curator of the exhibition – Alisa Savitskaya and the curator of our hall Ksenia Anufrieva, we tried, as well, to compare the ideas of two different artists, that were both the innovators of their epoch and shared somehow close views.


The exhibition is open from 1 of May till 20 of September from 12:00 to 20:00 everyday, excluding monday More information about the exhibition –