THURSDAY DEC 11, 2014 – MONDAY MAR 09, 2015 

Presented by the Austrian Cultural Forum New York
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Artists: Amy Balkin, Judith Fegerl, Yevgeniy Fiks, Jim Finn, Lisa Kereszi, Marko Lulić, Lisi Raskin, Isa Rosenberger, Leonid Tishkov

Curated by Olga Kopenkina

Does utopia still have a social function?

In 1957 the Soviet Union launched the icebreaker Lenin to international fanfare which included delegations from the United States and United Kingdom. As the world’s first nuclear-powered civilian vessel it epitomized the “Soviet Peaceful Atom” initiative, which promoted the application of atomic energy for purposes of civil engineering – a program bookended by the opening of the world’s first nuclear power plant in 1954 and the Chernobyl disaster some thirty years later. The Lenin would operate for 30 years before being decommissioned to serve as a floating museum, its hull worn too thin by decades’ worth of ice to continue operation.


[Image: Lisa Kereszi Ship on Door of VA Library, 2003, From the series: Governors Island, NY Chromogenic print, framed 20 in x 24 in. Courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York]

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AMY BALKIN

A People’s Archive of Sinking and Melting, 2012–ongoing

Installation
Dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist

JUDITH FEGERL

Lemniskate protuberantia, 2008

Sculpture
Hare coat, filling
59 in x 19 ¾ in x 19 ¾ in
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna

YEVGENIY FIKS

Untitled (Collected Works by V. I. Lenin), 2014

Installation, commissioned work
Books, photographs
Dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist

JIM FINN

Encounters with Your Inner Trotsky Child, 2013

Video, English/German, color, stereo, 4:3, 21:11 min.

LISA KERESZI

Classified Phone, from the series Governors Island, NY, 2004

Chromogenic print, framed
16 in x 20 in
Courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York

MARKO LULIĆ

The Sacrifice, 2013

Video, black and white, 16:9, 9:36 min.
Courtesy of Gabriele Senn Galerie, Vienna

LISI RASKIN

Living Room (Remote Viewing), 2014

Installation, slide projection
35mm slides, projector, couch, table
Dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist

ISA ROSENBERGER

Vladimir’s Journey (The Captain), 2013

Video, 15:00 min.
Courtesy of the artist

LEONID TISHKOV

An Organized Unfurling of the Black Flag of Chaos, 2004–2013

Ink on paper
11 ¾ in x 15 ¾ in 
Courtesy of a private collection

credits

Curator: Olga Kopenkina

Exhibition Producer: Christine Moser
Exhibition Coordinator: Natascha Boojar
Exhibition Assistants: Sophie Gogl, Katharina Luger, Lucas Perterer, Petra Rosenblattl

Partners: Austrian Cultural Forum Moscow, LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz, ROSATOM, Stella Art Foundation
Supporters: AirBerlin, Esterházy Winery, RB International Finance USA and Stiegl

The installation by Amy Balkin is made possible through generous support from the James Gallery, The Center for the Humanities at CUNY.

"Lenin: Icebreaker Revisited" is based on "Lenin: Icebreaker", a special cooperative exhibition which was organized by the Austrian Cultural Forum Moscow, the LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz, and Rosatomflot and presented at the 2013 Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. It was curated by Simon Mraz and Stella Rollig, and included exhibitions on the icebreaker Lenin in Murmansk, Russia (09/18/2013–01/10/2014) and at LENTOS Museum in Linz, Austria (2/28–05/25/2014). Curator Olga Kopenkina has revisited the exhibition for the Austrian Cultural Forum New York by including American artists.


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