In the Pushkin Museum opened the exhibition

a Project dedicated to the art of tattoo, her adventures on the borders of traditional cultures and Old world, migrating from ancient times to today life in the modern subcultures and modern art, was shown in Paris, in the museums of Canada, America, and China. In Moscow, the project expanded not only thanks to the work of the Pushkin Museum to them. A. S. Pushkin and exhibits from the Hermitage and the Kunstkamera Museum, state historical Museum and Russian state library, private collections.

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the Idea is to look at the history of tattoos through the prism of art proved to be extremely fruitful. Though the word “tattoo” came from the Tahitian language, where it meant “wound”, “mark”, in international vocabulary and went for a walk around the world with the light hand of captain cook, the first impression of the tattoo gave the artists. By the way, cook’s expedition there were nine! Along with naturalists, they were just as important members of the team, as the ship’s doctor and cook. Sometimes pictures could do and the researcher. So, at the exhibition we see the designs of tattoos of the natives, which Maclay sketched on the island of New Guinea. Moreover, he asked me to tattoo him and brought to Russia the instruments by which it was made.

If travelers saw the tattoos evidence of an exotic culture, the artists often looked to the object of their studies through the prism of ancient samples. Members of the expedition of Krusenstern, the first Russian circumnavigation, described inhabitants of the island of Nuku Hiva of the Marquesas Islands: “the Beautiful people. Every savage can serve as a new model of the Apollo Belvedere”. MSfall in on the “savage” with Apollo emphasized the beauty of “natural man.” But also the fact that swimming was synonymous with travel in antiquity. Someone dug out of Herculaneum and Pompeian frescoes, some went to the Marquesas Islands. The sailing ship was a time machine where you could sail to the “cradles of civilization”. The natives and the statue of Apollo still belonged to the “childhood of humanity”.

“Tattoo” offers viewers an exciting world in which the language of tattoos getting a native linqua franca

it Will take a couple of centuries. And long-time comparison will come alive in the works of contemporary Italian sculptor Fabio Viale. But the opposite interpretation. White statuary marble copies of Venus and the ancient male torsos it will cover drawings of Russian criminal tattoos, and Japanese tattoos style irezumi associated with factions of the Yakuza. The tattoo will be a modern subculture that emerged in the marginalized society, but borrowed from mass culture. Antique torsos symbols of European classics. And their Union – a provocative gesture of an artist who works with stamps elite and mass cultures.

However, today, tattoo artists are working not only with marginalized subcultures. The inspiration can be anything – from prints Ukiyo-e to the work of Suprematists. So, canadian Ian black willing to use in their tattoo images of naive art, shading their characteristic quotations from the expressionists, the Suprematists and Russian constructivists. Not surprisingly, tattoo, performed by Ian black on the silicone model of a man’s hand, the exhibition is adjacent to the pencil portrait of Mikhail Matyushin, made by Kazimir Malevich, and sketches of Suprematist compositions by Nikolai Suetin. And next tattoo on the male torso (of course, silicone) of the German masterin Simone Pfaff and Volko Merski. Designers and photographers for first class, they are fascinated by the tattoo, he developed his own style best trash polka. They lettering, Dadaist techniques and motifs of the Gothic subculture peacefully coexist on the backs of customers. Presented and specially made for the exhibition of the work of domestic master Alexander Makeup, fascinated by the aesthetics of medieval chivalry.

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the bridge from antiquity to the present, which throws the exhibition and create not only unexpected roll-call, but raise the question of human body as the medium, the mediator between the different worlds. Here we can recall the French Robinson Crusoe, the sailor Jean Baptiste CABRI. CABRI after a shipwreck stranded on an island in the Pacific, where he survived, married the daughter of the leader, learned the language of the locals (almost forgetting his native French). And – was decorated with tattoos, as every self-respecting Islander. So he found Russian expedition of Krusenstern. With her he got to Russia and then returned to France, performing in the circus and variety show in costume with feathers playing “savage.” Him almost as a hero of the French Comedy “Tattooed” (1968), offered to sell the skin with a tattoo. The poor thing was frightened and before he died he agreed with the clinic that he will be buried secretly. But Tim Steiner, who did the tattoo contemporary artist WIM Delvoye, a similar proposal by the German gallerist is not scared. The agreement was signed. And while Tim exhibits the work of Delvoye, sitting in the hall of the Australian Museum of old and new art in Hobart as a living work.

Paving the routes connecting the cities and the countries, continents and Islands, the exhibition turns into an exciting world in which language becomes a native tattoo linqua franca. Language exciting and fascinating that people can assign and use, even not knowing the intricacies of “dialect”. For example, an ethnographer from Canada became the bearer of the tattoo chieftain, whose mummy was found in the Altai. The body is a resource that renews and ensures that “data transfer”.