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The five MANI folders: an experiment in modeling cultural space

 
The five MANI folders: an experiment in modeling cultural space

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The Ekaterina Cultural Foundation
23 september 2011 — 30 october 2011

Opening: September 23, 2011 at 19.00

Curators: Aleksandra Danilova, Elena Kuprina-Lyakhovich

Co-curator: Ekaterina Moiseeva

Organizers: E.K.ArtBureau and Ekaterina Cultural Foundation


The Five MANI Folders project deals with the brightest period in the development of the Moscow Conceptual School. The term MANI – the Moscow Archive of New Art – was invented by Andrei Monastyrski (in collaboration with Lev Rubinshtein and Nikita Alekseev) in 1980 to refer to the circle of Moscow Conceptual artists. The MANI folders, which gave name to the entire phenomenon, contain documentary materials and works of art, as well as historical-artistic and critical texts. The MANI folders have never been exhibited or published in their entirety before the present moment. The exhibition, unveiled in the halls of the Cultural Foundation Ekaterina, allows viewers for the first time to see and analyze the materials contained in all five MANI folders. As a unique historical-artistic work bringing together features of an archive, a catalogue, an artistic almanac, and an art object in its own right, the five MANI folders give us the opportunity to bring to light all of the various artistic ideas and strategies of the start of the 1980s, a rich and complex turning point concluding the era of “unofficial art.”


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