THE STORMING OF THE WINTER PALACE. FORENSICS OF AN IMAGE

6 April 2018 - 3 June 2018

THE STORMING OF THE WINTER PALACE. FORENSICS OF AN IMAGE / ATAK NA PAŁAC ZIMOWY. DOCHODZENIE W SPRAWIE PEWNEGO OBRAZU

Place ms1, ul. Więckowskiego 36, 90-734 Łódź, POLAND
Organizer Muzeum Sztuki w Łodzi / Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz
More info http://www.msl.org.pl

The Storming of the Winter Palace project is devoted to the photograph which, as no other, has become the symbol of the October Revolution. However, this photograph does not present a historical event, but only its staged reconstruction. In 1920, a Russian theatre director Nikolai Evreinov (1879-1953), on the occasion of the third anniversary of the revolution, accepted the commission to recreate the incidents that had taken place at the Winter Palace. The photograph taken during the performance, which in fact provided a false picture of the assault on the Palace, soon after it had been taken, started to be treated as a historical document, and its reproductions appeared in the press, school textbooks and chronicles.
The exhibition will show all the existing records of its staging, uncovered in the archives so far (including a film and 63 photographs). Its detailed design will bring the audience closer to understanding the processes that enabled this falsified vision of history to become an official part of the Soviet historiography.
The presentation of nine works prepared by six contemporary artists will complement the historical materials. While engaging in a dialogue with Evreinov's realizations, they, at the same time, explore some issues of history, memory, theatrical staging and repetition.