Friday, July 20, 2018

Yekaterinburg's MoFA stages "Pianos in Color" on display

The Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts began its "Piano in Colors" project last week, drawing visual artists from across the city to paint six pianos for display outside of the museum's main entrance.

Artists Alaina Azernaya, Anna Meteleva, Andrei Balandin, Serezha Picasso, Vahan Margaryan, Igor Kuznetsov and Kiril Borodin were called upon to spend two days decorating the six pianos that went on display last week in front of Yekaterinburg's Museum of Fine Arts, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.

Balandin, who was compelled to create an installation of painted musical instruments, came up with the idea for the exhibit. Balandin first approached Kuznetsov and Margaryan to collaborate in the project before the trio of artists submitted a proposal to the Museum of Fine Arts to serve as the project's sponsor.

"Our creative idea is to make a piano a piece of jewelry," Balandin said, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta. "We cover it with the finest plates of the gold leaf and turquoise [materials], ceramic tiles and vegetative elements: flower and petals. Also, the piano will decorate two lanterns [of] blown glass. And inside the piano of the future owner of a musical instrument will wait for a surprise--a secret box with messages and gifts. It is planned that put it up for auction and the most expensive lot will sell for $27,600. Creative goal that sets itself, our team of authors, show that from any old-fashioned furniture applying ingenuity can make a work of art."

The pianos will remain on display for a week before being placed up for auction, allowing passersby to interact with the instruments at no cost.

Auctioning of the pianos is expected to take place on Aug. 22 at the Museum of Fine Arts. All proceeds from the sale of the pianos will be given to charities which benefit area children receiving treatment for cancer, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.