In Dante Veritas
First time the collection was shown in Saint-Petersburg at The State Russian Museum and became the most attended city Art show during the summer period. Afterwards, the collection was presented in Moscow and at the Venice Biennale 2019, and then in 2020 the exhibition re-opened in a new format in Lucerne, Switzerland. So far, approximately 700,000 people have visited the ‘IN DANTE VERITAS’ in different parts of the world and It earned an unprecedented response from the visitors with thousands of written grateful reviews. One of the reasons of such an ‘immersive experience’ is the poetry audio guide on 11 languages, the art object itself, leaves absolutely nobody indifferent.A reverberation of Dante Alighieri's 14th-century epic poem Divine Comedy, Vasily Klyukin explores themes of human vice and sin, Good and Evil, and reimagines Dante’s Inferno as an environmental collapse — the final consequence for our sin and non-action.Blurring the boundary between figuration and modern abstraction, the collection represents a narrative that re-engineers the 9 circles of hell. 21 sculptures are showing human sins like Anger, Hypocrite, Gluttony and Betrayal. 4 Horsemen of Apocalypse by their new names: Overpopulation, Misinformation, Extermination and Pollution at 3.5-meter height, these raise important global issues, ushering classical tropes into the modern era.As renowned art critic Donald Kuspit highlights, “Klyukin’s Dante Veritas is avant-garde entertainment that addresses a pressing public concern: the possible — inevitable? — extinction of the human species.”Author of texts - Vasily Klyukin
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