'Cities in Motion': Zaryadye invites to the exhibition of the world's most beautiful megacities

October 18
Culture

Take a walk along the Tiber embankment, look at Kutuzovsky Prospekt from a new perspective, feel the vibes of Manhattan and visit Uferstraße of the future. 'Cities in Motion' exhibition in Zaryadye Park invites for a virtual walk through the most beautiful megacities of the world: Rome, New York, Berlin and Moscow. The exhibition opens on 22 October at the Media Centre Pavilion

The project highlights cityscape and architectural painting masters, watercolour painters Alvaro Castagnet (Uruguay) and Thomas Schaller (USA), Moscow's Chief Architect Sergei Kuznetsov and architect and graphic artist Sergei Tchoban. The authors strive to not only reproduce the reality in their works, but to convey sensations of the urban environment.

The exhibition will cover two levels of the Media Centre Pavilion, the entrance and exhibition halls. The first section of the display shows digital animation works. Each author has chosen a city he knows well and loves: Moscow of Sergei Kuznetsov, Berlin of Sergei Tchoban, Rome of Thomas Schaller, and New York of Alvaro Castagnet. The video will immerse viewers in the space of paintings and drawings to feel the vibes of four megacities.

The exhibition hall offers the originals of works used in the animations, as well as other works the artists made while traveling to different countries. Sergei Tchoban's fine and accurate graphic art reflects the idea of cities moving in time. Thomas Schaller has also managed to convey the feeling of movement in his landscape paintings.

The dynamic effect is the basis of Alvaro Castagnet's compositions, built on the balance of clear and blurred outlines.

'Painting is my method of being an active participant in life. In the hustle and bustle of the city, in the thick of events, I feel like a duck to water. I try to depict not only architectural forms, magnificent to the eye, but also sounds, and even smells. The most important thing for me, no matter how trivial it may sound, is the mood and vibes,' says Alvaro Castagnet.

Sergei Kuznetsov's watercolour drawings focus on city life, its architecture, people and traffic. The author believes that the watercolour technique best meets his perception of the world. Painting helps him to get a deeper insight into the city he works for.

'Speaking about painting, Moscow differs from other centres of the world by its diversity. Close-ups and multidimensional prospects are of equal interest here. For example, if you want to paint the Empire or Art Deco styles — no problem. If you need brutal industrial landscapes and skyscrapers tomorrow, you will find them, too,' said Sergei Kuznetsov.

Alvaro Castagnet's works are presented in private and corporate collections around the world. His artworks centre around cities, architecture, street life, interiors of restaurants and cafes, where people relax, talk and dance tango.

Sergei Kuznetsov is a member and multiple award winner of the competition 'Architecture in Perspective' by the American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI). He was involved in the creation of the Museum of Architectural Graphics in Berlin. Sergei is a jury member of the ArchiGraphicArts, Russian International Contest of Architectural Drawings. Sergei Kuznetsov's works were displayed at his solo exhibition in the Multimedia Art Museum, at the exhibitions held by the National Institute for the Graphic Design (Rome), and the State Tretyakov Gallery.

Sergei Tchoban is an architect, Head of Speech Bureau  (Moscow) and Tchoban Voss Architekten (Berlin). He has designed some 40 buildings in many cities of Russia, Germany and Italy. Sergei is a member of the Union of Architects of Russia and the Artists Trade Union of Russia, the Association of German Architects (BDA), Merited Academician of the Russian Academy of Arts. Sergei Tchoban's works have many awards of international architectural drawing competitions and have been repeatedly exhibited at Moscow and St. Petersburg museums and in galleries and museums in Italy, the UK, the USA, Japan, Germany, Chin, etc.

For 20 years, Thomas Schaller had been practicing architecture in New York, where he developed urban planning concepts and made project visualisation. Then he moved to Los Angeles to devote himself to watercolour painting and become one of the most famous cityscape painters in the world. His impressive award list also includes the major architectural drawing award  — Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize. Thomas Schaller is President Emeritus of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI) and a member of other international art associations. He is the author of bestsellers 'Architecture in Watercolor', 'The Art of Architectural Drawing' and 'Architect of Light: Watercolor Paintings by a Master'.

The exhibition runs until 15 December.

Source: mos.ru

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