Dear friends! I am very pleased to welcome organizers, participants and guests of the international project “The Third Baltic Biennale”.
Saint-Petersburg actively supports the most courageous initiatives and experiments, as well as modern art as a whole. The Baltic Biennale embodies a beautiful dream which has very much in common with Russian Northern capital’s spirit. The event, which features the works of the artists, sculptors, musicians, theatre and cinema celebrities from the countries of the Baltic region, will have a positive effect upon Saint-Petersburg’s artistic life and will make the role of the city in international cultural exchange more significant.
Every national culture has its own peculiar traits, but it is quite impossible not to distinguish the common, uniting features of art of the Baltic countries, especially the respect for ancestors’ traditions and heritage. I have no doubts, that everyone will enjoy diversity of the world, reflected in the works of the artists of the Baltic region.
I am convinced that the Baltic Biennale, which is held for the third time this year, will become a new good tradition. The language of art is universal; it is able to unite and make better people of different origin, to provide them the opportunity to get accustomed to the beauty and to forge active dialogue of cultures. With this regard our city as a cultural hub of Russia is pre-destined to play the leading role.
I wholeheartedly wish the participants of the festival creative achievements and unforgivable impressions from our beautiful city, inspiration and new ideas. I sincerely hope that our further cooperation and initiated tradition will last long!
I welcome the organizers and participants of the international project The 3rd Baltic Biennale. This time works of the young people are presented, and I think that it is very important. The event will feature panel discussions; the leading western curators will share their thoughts on diverse development of modern art. You will able to see installations and video art, paintings and graphics. Meetings with celebrated artists of Saint-Petersburg are expected to take place at the venue.
The artists from Germany, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia are taking part in the program. I wish the student community would meet like-minded individuals and friends and make a joint contribution to humanistic culture of the 21st century.
St. Petersburg is painfully searching for its niche in the contemporary arts. It is not for the first time, and normally the search is quite successful. Today the orientation towards the Baltic States appears one of the keys to this success. We are trying to find some common features and characteristics in the creative work of the artists from this part of the world. Partly it works well. Perhaps, such common denominator does not exist at all, but the very attempt to find it makes sense and is of high historical and cultural significance. This very attempt is an artistic act. And thus it is good in itself.
Our audience needs a wide flow of works of contemporary art. That is why we must present as clear and detailed a picture for them to see the entire sweep of this great sea of various artistic trends and styles. We must also provide our audience with the reference points in this sea. One wishes to develop reliable criteria that would help to distinguish true art from charlatanism in the mass of creative works of today. We take a great interest in finding this fine line, crossing which art ceases to be art when carried away by political provocation. Sometimes, however, it is not art from the very outset. These issues are extremely acute and at the same time highly interesting and exciting.
I hope, that all this will attract to the exhibition those whom we would like to see at it.
The second decade of the XXI century: the different opportunities, the different time. The peculiarities of the youth art-movement of St. Petersburg and Baltic countries start to be revealed in art. A new vision and way of thinking is gradually taking shape. I am annoyed by this epoch, which became very aggressive, warlike and extremist. The foundations of human values, which have been formed for centuries, are eroding. The notions of humanism, kindness and respect for personality disintegrate in the wake of aggressive rudeness. We live in the period of moral disaster.
The exhibited works of painting and drawing, installations, sculptures are intonationally different. Each country is represented by curators. There are celebrities symbolizing a certain epoch in history of their culture among them. I am not sure that the young people are so naïve that could expect to conquer a place in the sun. However they have the right to express their opinion regarding the order the Universe. They are sincere, obsessed by creative work , seeking to develop their own style. Their idea of the modern language of video-art, without doubt, will become a catalyst for the viewers’ analysis.
Development of avant-garde was extremely exciting. Essentially this trend in art sought to turn an artist destroying the icon into creator of the icon. Will the young people create their icon? It remains to be seen.
I would like express my best wishes to the organizers and participants of the 3rd Baltic Biennale. This project has proved to be in demand and enjoy popularity. Its focus on the works of young and still little-known talents provides exciting prospects for our initiative.
The University’s engagement in this major event is very important. A modern university is the core component of cultural space. There is good reason for emergence and intensive development of education programs seeking to achieve a harmonic connection of arts and sciences, which embodies the new humanitarian synthesis. Finding new methodological approaches to research and understanding of the world isn’t the sole purpose of the programs. The University also reconsiders its function as a social institution, which preserves the autonomy of academic environment and at the same time more and more integrating in the system of evolving civil society.
The University has its doors wide open for the young generation of artistically gifted people, supporting their activities and directing development of their talents. By doing so, the University increases the chances of success of its primary mission – to assist in personality development process of those individuals, who are committed to the search of common good by means of creative rethinking and rebuilding of our world.
I hope your efforts will be successful and you will enjoy the feeling of overcoming challenges and pride of accomplishment.
It is the third time that St. Petersburg welcomes the participants of the Baltic Biennale – the international cultural project of high social and artistic importance. One of the special features of the Baltic Biennale 2012 is its focus on creative young artists who are preparing to compete with the experienced masters.
I would like to hope, that this meeting of cultures of the Baltic Region will not deceive our expectations, but become a continuation of the creative search of the preceding biennale festivals which are becoming a prominent cultural tradition in St. Petersburg.