with Alexel Kozyr and
The Architecture of mirages
Projects for two Floating Museums for the Polar Zones
In the course of his last voyage to the Arctic, Alexander Ponomarev observed and photographed mirages and he was invested with the idea of a project for two museums of modern art in Antarctic. Each museum would be a floating exhibition space below water level with facades made of ice, water and steam.
The museums would be able to come to the surface and sink again like some submobiles. In order to see the exposition it is necessary to submerge to the depth in a bathyscaphe. The possibility of transformation and disappearance of the edifice after submerging underwater allows speaking of the unfathomable "architecture of mirages". The museums are designed for the Polar Regions, yet they can be installed wherever there is water.
Mirages translated into drawings
Pavillon for the first Artic Biennale
Museum dedicated to Alexander Ponomarev's oeuvres
Alexander Ponomarev, lives and works in Moscow. Ex-sailor in the soviet navy, Merchant Marine Officer, engineer by training, began in the early nineties to create seductive inventions that are on the borderline between art and technology. Ponomarev's art - his interventions, installations, drawings, photography - range from technological installations, like Water Memories (Cité des sciences et de l'industrie de la Villette, Parigi 2002), Wave (52 Biennale di Venezia 2007), Verticale Parallele (Festival d'Automne, Paris 2007), Au jardin de la meute des loups (Louvre, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris 2006) to interventions in open sea, that the artist realizes with the support of the Russian navy, like the projects Maya, the lost island (2000) in the Barents sea Leonardo's northern tracks (exhibited at the Atelier Calder, France 2003).
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