Dumas’s gay trailblazers for St Petersburg: Turing, Wilde and Tchaikovsky too

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Alan Turing, the father of the modern computer, will be memorialised by Dumas

The chief curator of Manifesta 10, which is due to open at the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg in June, announced today (25 March) his artist list and curatorial ideas for the roving biennial. Kasper König will focus on the “current geo-political situation” through the works of 55 artists. But President Putin, who has enforced anti-gay laws, might not be too pleased with artist Marlene Dumas’s portraits of pioneering homosexual men due to go on show in the Winter Palace. “Dumas has conceived a new series of portraits of notable cultural figures, whose achievements can be celebrated above their identification as homosexual men,” says a press statement. Alan Turing, Oscar Wilde, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Jean Genet will feature in Dumas’s illustrious line-up, alongside another artistic titan—the Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Other artists with works in the biennial include Russian-born Vadim Fishkin, Elena Kovylina, Vladislav and Mamyshev-Monroe; Bruce Nauman; Belgian born Francis Alÿs and Lara Favaretto of Italy. Jordi Colomer’s installation, a car with a blinking neon sign mounted on the roof flashing “No? Future”’, should stop the citizens of St Petersburg in their tracks. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian-born photographer Boris Mikhailov’s new project, The Theater of War. Second Act, Time Out, is a sign of the times (Mikhailov visited Kiev’s Maidan Independence Square, the focal point for anti-government protestors).

From In The Frame

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