On the day of Lenin’s birthday we could not resist the temptation of announcing a very intriguing project which will feature this year at the Venice Biennale.
Object No. 1 is an unprecedented immersive installation that re-interprets one of the most prominent figures of the soviet era, Vladimir Lenin, on the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution. At its mooring on the Zattere in Venice, visitors will experience a realisation of Kasimir Malevich’s proposal for Lenin’s memorial, a black suprematist cube, and encounter a sculptural rendering of Lenin’s sarcophagus and body, created using groundbreaking technology. With unparalleled impact, the symbolic Lenin and Malevich confront each other here for the very first time in order to de-construct the relationship between art, power and myth-making.
Presented by London-based cultural institution GRAD in collaboration with Factum Arte and architects Skene Catling de la Peña, Object number 1 is a radical disentagling of the myth surrounding Lenin with an accompanying cultural programme planned exploring ideas around truth and iconoclasm. This ambitious project opens a discussion around how to confront Lenin’s legacy after almost a century of manipulation, restoration and image-making, and in doing so challenges the notion of authenticity and ownership by revealing the layers of mediation and transformation that are embedded in all articulate objects.
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Previews 9–12 May 2017 Opens to the public 13 May – 26 November 2017