*1983, Vladimir, lives and works in Prague
*1980, Moscow, lives and works in Prague
Untitled (homage to Diego Rivera)
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The artists’ duo Vasil Artamonov and Alexey Klyuykov take the path of fiction, reviving the local myth about a Diego Rivera painting in the basement of the House of Arts building, which the Mexican painter allegedly made during his visit to Brno in 1955. Although Rivera’s authorship has been refuted and the painting itself removed during the latest House of Arts renovation, the artists use the legend as a pretext for their own mural painting that quotes fragments of two murals by Rivera. The first one is the famous work from the Rockefeller Center in New York, removed immediately after its completion for ideological reasons, and the second a painting with the same theme from Mexico. Both fragments share the motif of joined hands. Hands of people of different nationalities and races. Hands of women, hands of workers and intellectuals, all connected in a gesture of mutual friendship and recognition. But the legend is also connected with the post-factual present, since Artamonov and Klyuykov also create, besides the publicly accessible painting on a building’s facade, another one at the original place of the former club in the House of Arts, which cannot be seen by common visitors.