[spectre] The Storming of the Winter Palace, Gessnerallee, Zurich, opening: 23 Sep 2017

Inke Arns | HMKV inke.arns at hmkv.de
Thu Sep 21 23:42:23 CEST 2017

Dear Spectre,

we are in the midst setting up an exhibition here at Gessnerallee in Zurich which I think you would be interested in - it is dealing with the history of that one well known photograph of the famous "Storming of the Winter Palace" (1920) which is actually a 'fake' (although an interesting one).

There is a book published on the occasion of the exhibition by Diaphanes (separate German and English editions).

The opening is on Saturday at 6 pm - I would be happy to see you (well, those of you who are based in Zurich or Switzerland)!

All the best,
Inke Arns


The Storming of the Winter Palace: History as Theatre

A cooperation between Universität Zürich (Slavisches Seminar) and HMKV (Dortmund) in coproduction with Gessnerallee Zürich

Gessnerallee Zurich
24 Sep - 25 Oct 2017
(Opening: 23 Sep 2017, 6 pm)

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution, the exhibition «Storming of the Winter Palace: History as Theater» is dedicated to the photograph, which more than any other, has become the symbol of this revolution: the storming of the Winter Palace. However, the photo does not stem from the historic event itself, but from a theatrical reenactment, which was executed by the theater director Nikolai Evreinov in 1920. The exhibition presents film footage and photographs of the reenactment of 1920 as well as the photo’s process of becoming a document in the writing of Soviet history, in picture and school books, and on posters. In addition, contemporary artists have been invited to produce new works that respond to or comment on Evreinov and address the themes of history, memory, reenactment, and repetition.

Curated by Inke Arns & Sylvia Sasse
An exhibition with works by Nikolai Evreinov, Chto delat, Waldemar Fydrych (Orange Alternative) a.o. 
Exhibition design Anton Lukas
A cooperation between Universität Zürich (Slavisches Seminar) and HMKV (Dortmund) in coproduction with Gessnerallee Zürich
Funded by Schweizerischen Nationalfonds (SNF) and Kulturstiftung des Bundes
The exhibition will be presented, in an extended version, at the HMKV at the Dortmunder U in Dortmund (DE) (25 November 2017 – 8 April 2018) and at the Muzeum Sztuki, Łodz (PL) (March 2018).
→ On the occasion of the exhibition the book «The Storming of the Winter Palace», ed. by Inke Arns, Igor Chubarov and Sylvia Sasse is published (diaphanes, Zurich).
More information:


Dr. Inke Arns, Director, Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV), Office: Hoher Wall 15, 44137 Dortmund. Exhibitions: Dortmunder U, Leonie-Reygers-Terrasse, 44137 Dortmund, T +49-231-496642-0 (direct line: -11), F +49-231-496642-29, M +49-43062793, inke.arns at hmkv.de, www.hmkv.de
HMKV is the recipient of the 2017 ADKV-ART COLOGNE Award for Art Associations

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