BAIBAKOV art projects hosted the global launch of VISIONAIRE 59 FAIRYTALE with a one-night-only event at the Dom Spiridonova mansion in Moscow, Russia, featuring a reading by actress Alisa Khazanova of a selection of fairytales by Karen Kilimnik & Kirsten Dunst and Viktor & Rolf. This is the first time Visionaire will be presented in Russia. Inspired by the Russian avant-garde and its experiments with synesthesia, BAIBAKOV art projects transformed Dom Spiridonova into a fairytale setting for this unique occasion. The two organizations have assembled an eminent group of collaborators to conjure the spirit of VISIONAIRE 59 FAIRYTALE by turning the mansion into a multisensory fusion of architecture, sound art and costume design. For this event, architect Katya Bochavar infused the mansion’s palatial interior with a mix of pre- and post-Soviet furniture, further punctuated with live sculptures based on Roman Ermakov’s costume design. Sound artist Oleg Makarov collaborated with the classically trained pianist Peter Aidu to create a soundscape for the space. Built in 1895 for State Councillor Spiridonov, Dom Spiridonova was nationalized during the Soviet times to serve as a kindergarten run by Nadezhda Krupskaya, the wife of Vladimir Lenin. For the launch of FAIRYTALE, the mansion revisited its double legacy and host a reading of fairytales for children and their parents. Visionaire 59 Fairytale Visionaire is a multi-format album of art, fashion and design produced in exclusive numbered editions. Since its inception in 1991, Visionaire has grown into one of the most highly sought-after fashion and art publications in the world. Published three times per year, Visionaire features a different theme and format with each issue in a series of works by both famous and emerging artists from around the world as well as fashion designers, art directors and image-makers. For its 59th edition, titled Fairytale, Visionaire presents a mini-library of children's stories by contemporary artists and photographers in collaboration with writers. Ranging in themes from the delightful to the philosophical, and packaged in an old-fashion-style bookstrap, this issue offers a mediation on innocence and childlike creativity. Each book features a special technique: glow-in-the-dark, scratch–n-sniff, lenticular, holography, flocking, and foil-stamping. Contributors include John Baldessari; Karen Kilimnik with story by Kirsten Dunst; James Franco & Carter; artist Douglas Gordon; sculptor Ugo Rondinone with musician/writer John Giorno; fashion designers Viktor & Rolf; Pierre Huyghe; painter Richard Phillips with “Gossip Girl” writer Cecily von Ziegesar; musician/singer Björk and Sjón with artist Gabríela Fridriksdóttir; and Inez van Lamsweede & Vinoodh Matadin with illustrator Jo Ratcliffe and text by Stéphanie Cohen Chaptan, and more.
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