Yuri Palmin. "Winter Journey. Winterreise"

  • Yuri Palmin. "Winter Journey. Winterreise"
    © Yury Palmin, from "Winter Journey. Winterreise" project, 2015
  • Yuri Palmin. "Winter Journey. Winterreise"
    Yuri Palmin. "Winter Journey. Winterreise"
  • Yuri Palmin. "Winter Journey. Winterreise"
    © Yury Palmin, from "Winter Journey. Winterreise" project, 2015
  • Yuri Palmin. "Winter Journey. Winterreise"
    © Yury Palmin, from "Winter Journey. Winterreise" project, 2015
  • Yuri Palmin. "Winter Journey. Winterreise"
    © Yury Palmin, from "Winter Journey. Winterreise" project, 2015
  • Yuri Palmin. "Winter Journey. Winterreise"
    © Yury Palmin, from "Winter Journey. Winterreise" project, 2015
  • Yuri Palmin. "Winter Journey. Winterreise"
    © Yury Palmin, from "Winter Journey. Winterreise" project, 2015
  • Yuri Palmin. "Winter Journey. Winterreise"
    © Yury Palmin, from "Winter Journey. Winterreise" project, 2015
  • Yuri Palmin. "Winter Journey. Winterreise"
    © Yury Palmin, from "Winter Journey. Winterreise" project, 2015

On March 20, the IN ARTIBUS foundation is going to present two projects united by the figure of a Swiss architect Luigi Pelli (1771-1861). Their task is to reunite the past and the present. 

In XIX century Luigi Pelli kept a diary describing his journey fr om Saint Petersburg to Lugano, and Yuri Palmin repeated his journey in XXI; and that is wh ere the most exciting and unpredicted encounter between matter and memory took place. 

Yuri Palmin is an architectural photographer, therefore, his images must originally bear the code "it has actually happened", but this shooting turned to be different. Yuri had been aimed at documenting the cities and objects described by Pelli, but in the outcome, there turned up a new artistic agenda: the reality has been substituted by "a minor reality", making visible the things that basically can only be thought, not seen. 

Yuri Palmin: "I never knew Luigi Pelli. Setting off for a winter journey in his footsteps, I was afraid that the lack of such knowledge could doom my work to mechanical repetition of the assigned route, corrected for the logistic complexity. High was the risk, but from the first day of the journey, the image of my character began to emerge as if from clean air. Classicism on the one hand, as a basis for the education and mentality of a Ticinese architect of the XIX century, and romanticism, that crystallised in the historical time of the journey on a frosty morning, on the other, lay down on the map of Europe; combined with my own memories and experience, they brought forth a strange image of a flown-away soul of the architect, wandering in its 40 day ordeals in reflections on craft, succession, responsibility, and the destination of his work. Stops along the route began to get filled with symbolic content; their sequence gained clear meaning." 

"Travel Diary of Luigi Pelli of Aranno from Saint Petersburg to Lugano in 1829" published with the support of IN ARTIBUS is, at first glance, a sequence of traditional XIX century travel notes of an architect, who had come to Russia in 1810s in search of exciting and lucrative orders and coming back home many years later. But in fact, for the history of architecture, the book of Pelli is much more than just a travelogue. 

Realised by the IN ARTIBUS foundation, the translation and publication of Pelli’s travel notes and letters, kept all these years by his heirs in Switzerland, are basically the first hard copy of Luigi Pelli’s records published in Russia. Luigi Pelli is a disputable and enigmatic figure in the history of Russian architecture, and the range of monuments of architecture attributed to him is hardly justified yet. That is why a string of elegant facsimile reproduction of the handwritten diary, provided with all but interlinear translation, and, moreover, the pages of author’s drawings and sketches from "Copybook for notes and sketches", open the long-awaited new facts and possibilities of interpretation of Pelli’s creative heritage. 

Those rare sheets of graphics that allow a glimpse at architect’s working process, are truly a discovery able to turn upside down the long-standing attributions, while the book itself provokes and intrigues not only experts focused on history of architecture, but anyone interested in the culture of that period. 

Exhibition Curator: Svetlana Taylor 

Organiser: IN ARTIBUS foundation 

Open from 21.03.2015 to 25.04.2015 
 at IN ARTIBUS exhibition space 
 17, Prechistenskaya naberezhnaya, Moscow 
 (access from Kursovoy pereulok) 

Tel.: +7 (495) 640 02 49 

Mail: pr@inartibus.org 

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